Re: Numbness after spinal surgery
Brenda & Karen - it is amazing that it didn't give you problems sooner! I will tell you a little of my story. You are right, there arenít many spinal tumors out there.
I had a dermoid cyst in the cauda equina (lower end of the spinal cord). It was also congenital and struck when I was 19. It was full of teeth and hair and wound into the nerves. I had severe back pain radiating down my leg, muscle spasms in my back, and numbness in my foot. The neurosurgeon removed most of the tumor, also benign (a misnomer if there ever was one!). I ended up with weakness in my back, no movement in my ankle and a numb foot.
I thought it was all over, but ten years later the same symptoms came back. This time the surgeon was able to remove all of the tumor, which had grown back to the original size. Since then, my back has been weaker and my other foot has also been paralyzed. I have been able to walk only with two canes.
All this happened before CT was even invented. I have had a good life - family, career, now retirement Ė in spite of the physical problems.
I offer you both my encouragement. Brenda, keep with the PT; I hope you get back more function. Concentrate on what you can do, not what you canít. Karen, it is unconscionable that you cannot get the surgery. I hope the SSDI comes through for you.
Let me know how you are progressing.