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Looking for people with lumbar spinal stenosis with herniated discs
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?
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
I had a long segment lumbar fusion surgery done at a place other than Mayo in 2008. It was a complete failure leaving me in crushing pain only relieved by 24/7 administration of opiate based meds. I am now waiting to see if Mayo can do a revision surgery that was a bit less invasive than my initial surgery. Am also looking at getting my entire lumbar spine fused to the pelvis. I dont want to go with any radical anterior approach because I dont think I can survive it. I am hoping that Mayo can go with a minimal approach from the front and do most of the work from the backside. I dont guess I will know until I talk to the doctors on the 9th of August, my initial appt date.
I will refuse an anterior/posterior radical approach…..dont think I can survive it and dont want to try. I hope that the rep of the Mayo is all that it has been built up to be
Did you have herniated dics? I have just started a series of 3 epidural steriod injections. So far the first one has not helped but am hopeful the next one will. The doctor is trying to prevent surgery. I look foward to hearing what you find out at Mayo. They are amazing!
My problemes started in 06 after hip replacement and then being revised in 07. Caused my L2 to L5 to buldge and herniate. Haave taken the 3 epidural shots each year for 5 years. they help for about a month but the pain comes back, gives weight gain and brittle bones. Have seen several dr. but no surgery.
Thank you so much for your reply. what do your doctors say can be done?
no hope, must just live with it. am taking pain meds and lircia but does not help. I do make myself get up and exercise each day with water arobics and weights but steriods make my muscles weak so am unable to stand for mor than 5 min.; also weight gain. What dr. I need is someone that looks at the back and pelvis as a unit with the legs.
sad part was I was a nurse ( school nurse) and should have known how to handle this but know about kids but not this.
Where do you doctor at? Have you tried Mayo? I had a knee replacement that got infected and the original doctor would not address the issue and I about died. If it wasn’t for Mayo I wouldn’t have a leg and may have died. I know have a fused leg which does add to my back issues.
I had several blown discs from living 55 years with undiagnosed scoliosis aggravated by an injury that completely blew one disc…..so to correct the scoliosis they simply removed all but the lowest disc in my back and attempted a fusion…..it was a complete failure (this didnt happen at Mayo).
Be careful with the steroid injections. The stuff breaks down the tissue and more than 2 or 3 max should be taken. It is merely a pallative measure and heals nothing. I had two and refused more….they did no good and as soon as the procaine the stuff was mixed with wore out the pain returned….this was pre surgery.
I see the Spine Center at Mayo on Aug 9 for a lengthy evaluation. I will not allow them to do another anterior and posterior procedure. I will accept a minimally invasive approach from the front or side but I am not going to be gutted again…..it leaves too much interior scar tissue and is way too dangerous. It also causes a LOT of blood loss. I had to take in 24 units of blood during one of my two surgeries…..the one from the front. They staged the two about two weeks apart. The whole thing was the biggest mistake I ever made. I walked in using a cane and hobbled out with a 4 wheel walker….and am now deteriorating losing the use of my left leg slowly…..and the pain is unspeakable even with the high dose narcotics I am on 24/7.
Let them do as little as possible is my suggestion…..but if you truly trust your doctor….listen to him.
Good luck to you. I hope you are younger than I am. I am now 57…and frankly dont think I could survive the surgery I went through in 2008.
Thank you so much for your information. I am currently seeing a local orthepedic doctor but do doctor at Mayo for my leg. 3 years ago I had a knee replacement and the doctor that did the surgery not Mayo, would not recognize the infection. I ended up almost dying and went to Mayo. They took out the knee, thought infection was clear and put in another one to get infected. Ending up taking out the knee and fusing my leg with a rod that had to be removed due to infection so now have no knee and a straight leg. Infectious disease and immunology at Mayo says my body now rejects hardware. If it weren’t for Mayo I probably wouldn’t be alive and for sure would not have a leg. I am only 53 and am trying to do everything possible to avoid surgery since I am not a good candiate. If the shots don’t help the 3 herniated discs I am headed to Mayo. Doctor said only a series of 3 and have had only one so far a week ago and the next one will be in another week. First one has not helped. Please let me know how you come out on August 9. Which Mayo clinic are you going to? I will keep you in my prayers and please stay in touch and let me know how things are
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