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LynetteGable (@lynettegable)

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Spine Health | Last Active: Nov 2, 2011 | Replies (21)

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Hi Lynette: My name is Hamdy. I am 73 years old and have been retired for less than two years. I had an open-spine surgery 24 days ago, on the fourth and fifth lumbar vertebrae. The surgery was to remove a broken lamina that was pressing on two nerves going to the legs, the surgery is called laminectomy. This was the result of working at the computer for over ten hours non-stop daily for about 15 years. Computer programmers are also candidates for spinal problems because of the endless hours in front of the computer until they find the bug in their program. Would you like to know the pre and post-op and how the surgery went?

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Thank you so much for your information. I would definately like to know about the pre and post-op and how surgery went. Also where did you have your surgery? I had a knee replacement 3 years ago that got infected and the original doctor would not address the issue. Mayo saved my leg and my life. Due to recurrent infections after the put in a revision and this got infected they fused the leg but I am lucky to still have a leg and to be alive! I look forward to hearing from you!

I had a lumbar laminectomy/discectomy in Feb 2010. He did L2,L3, L4, L5 and part of S1. I went back to work after 6 weeks. Worked in a medical office, lifting stacks of charts. My surgery addressed the right side, I now have herniation, bulging discs, bone spurs, on the left side. I am 59 years old, lost my job after getting a c-diff infection, possibly from the surgery center. I am getting a mylogram this Thursday. Had a MRI and my surgeon said there was a lot going on, and sent me for a second opinion, which I appreciated. I am possibly looking at a spinal fision. I feel like I’m dragging mt left leg, living on pain pills. I just got disability, but scared to death to have more surgery. I don’t live near a Mayo clinic. I do feel like I have a good surgeon, but still would like to know others experiences.

I hope you get some relief and that others will post their information to share. My MRI showed stenosis and 3 herniated discs L3, L4 and L5. I thought first injection might help but not so. Did you have any epidural injections. Look forward to hearing from you. Take care and God Bless

Thanks for your comment. I had 4 eppidural injections in the last year with short term relief. That is why I’m going this route. My doctors have made sure I understand what my limitations will be with a spinal fusion. It’s a hard decision to make, but I’m tired of living on pain pills. Keep me updated,and take care.

I will let you know. If the shots don’t help I will go to Mayo. My doctor there is a hip/knee specialist but with my fused leg and I also have a fractured hip that they don’t want to fix as it would entail putting a plate in he knows my history and will direct me to a doctor there. I am just hoping these will help as like you, I am tired of the pain pills and limitations. It was bad enough with my leg and hip but now my back, think I’m falling apart! I have to go back to Mayo for my 6 month check with my hip/knee doc so may have to address it then. I hope things work out for you and please stay in touch

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