I am 8 months post op..I am very concerned my Dr claims my spine is stable, yet won't explain the biomachanics of the loss of the posterior portion of my lumbar vertebra. I have no fusion for stabilization. I still have numbness rt. anterior thigh, pain in buttocks down the back of my thigh into the back of my knee and into my calf. My question is should some sort of stabalizaton a\have been performed?
Help me somebody
OK, I went back and read through some of the older threads...and I remember your case and how surprised I was that anyone would do laminectomies at so many levels without fusion.
Obviously, I am not a doctor...but I have never read or heard that one can have more than two levels done without making the spine unstable.
It sounds like you still have some nerve compression going on.
Is it possible for you to see a different spine specialist? I don't want to suggest that there are problems with the way your case was handled...but I think you need a new set of eyes looking at your spine the way it is now and giving you an idea of what is going on. Obviously you are still in pain, and still have radiating leg pain.
I asked for a referral to A Dr at University of Washington and he freaked out on me saying that that Dr. was diffidently going to say fusion should have been done becuase they are from a different school of thought. I had an EMG/NCS today the dr. that did the study said there was no nerve damage. also my primary Dr says I am reaching maximum medical improvement. I feel worse now than pre op. The dr. wanted to put me on gagapentin I mentioned that 5 months ago I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder with suicidal ideation. She the doctors nuse prac. told me "you shouldn't worry about that because people usually don't commit suicide when they feel bad they usually only do it when they start to feel better. confusing huh...