I had my spinal fusion at the L5-S1 in September 2004. The surgery did help the alleviate the problems I was experiencing, however, I have developed pain in other areas of my lower back.
I now have unbearable pain in my tailbone when I sit or try to stand up from a sitting position.
I had a CT Mylogram done in June 2006. Bulging disc at L1,L2,L3,L4, degenerative disc and joint disease, narrowing of the neural formina at L5-S1 and also "Laminectomy defect at L5-S1" What does that mean????
Doctor says he can do no more for me and wants to install a stimulator.
I was wondering if anyone has ever heard of this before or is suffering with the same problem.
Also some advice on the "defect" statement would be greatly appreciated.
I would just say be very careful what 1 doc says and get 2 or 3 more docs to look at you.Screw orthopidics docs they are just bad merchanics.Go see a Neurological doc.
Good luck my friend.I have L5 S1 and it sucks
I am no doctor, but I would think that the fusion you had on the L5 S1 has a defect in it, it could be anything from scar tissue constriction the nerve after the surgery, or any thing that else that is compressing the nerve canal around the old fusion. That is were the tailbone is being irritated. You doctor has reasons why he cannot help you; did he explain them to you? I cannot believe he would just say, I canít help you any more. Donít give up, it's not over till you say it is. A second opinion is worth the drive across the State sometimes.
Contrary to someone opinion, Neurosurgeons mainly work on brains where cancers need to be removed, the highly skilled areas, Orthopedic doctors are just as skilled and concentrate on the rest of the body joints. Most Neurosurgeons will not give a simple spine operation a second thought if they have lives to save. Not to say that they will not work on spines, but their time is spent on the more serious issues. Either surgeon will perform spine surgery; it is best to pick the one that does it everyday.
Hi, Thanks for taking the time to reply. I did have a laminectomy at the L5-S1 with a cage and hardware installed. My surgeon was a neuro. The procedure itself did help me, but now I seem to have different types of pain in other areas. He does not feel that I am a good candidate for more surgery at this time and wants me to consider pain management options. Currently I am on 400mg of Neurotin with no relief. I am in the process of seeking a second opinion.
[QUOTE=ALH2004;2527865]Hi, Thanks for taking the time to reply. I did have a laminectomy at the L5-S1 with a cage and hardware installed. My surgeon was a neuro. The procedure itself did help me, but now I seem to have different types of pain in other areas. He does not feel that I am a good candidate for more surgery at this time and wants me to consider pain management options. Currently I am on 400mg of Neurotin with no relief. I am in the process of seeking a second opinion.
Again, Thanks for any adivce.[/QUOTE]
Hi I understand your situation as I am going through the same as you Yes I have heard of a stimulator and the results suppose to be faily good what I have heard are from friends who had it done.........I was reading a couple of your replies and Neurosurgeon works on our spine and also other neurosurgeron specialize in brain tumors..........OK
Also the pain you are feeling is Nerve Damage and at present pain goes across lower back and down my legs also pins and needles until you walk around and it comes and go
I waiting to see my specialist in pain management in a few weeks time