Re: Do I push for MRI of Lumbar region?
i thought of you sammy when i saw this post,and figured you would jump on it.
bobby, do you know for certain that you DO have a problem that is stemming from your lumbar or could this just be the spinal cord compression showing itself in this particular way? i am only asking this becasue having actual compression upon your cord can also create problems way down to your toes. it is just becasue that compression is up so high that anything below it can be affected in some way too. but on the other hand,it could be two seperate issues too,like sammy has and i also have except my lumbar annular tear and bulge has not shown to be symptomatic as of yet,and i am hoping it stays that way too. while it wouldn't hurt to obtain that lumbar MRI,realistically,i don;t think you would really be able to actually "do' anything about til after this surgery is done and you have healed some,you know what i mean? you also don;t always know for certain just what areas are truely being affected when you have spinal cord compression going on either. it all depends upon exactly where that compression is and how deep it actually goes into your cord that will dictate any problems and or symptoms for an individual person. having that surgery then seeing how those particular symptoms are would really dictate whether or not there even is a problem with that lumbar,meaning it could just have been the upper compression causing it.
i am wondering if you would even be able to actually lie down within that MRI tube and actually tolerate it? it would probably be less painful and problematic for you to at least wait til you have healed to a certain degree,just for your own sake. that of course would depend upon what produces pain and how still you would be able to remain thru it too. as you are probably already aware,if you even make one move during that MRI,they have to redo everything agian til you can get thru that. i have to wrap my arms with a blanket just to keep them from suddenly moving on me with my spinal cord injury. they have a habit of doing little happy dances,but my legs are worse. it aint easy sometimes.
i just think you really need to look at this whole thing abit more realistically and what you can actually even do right now,vs waiting til you can tolerate things better and also see what actual symptoms are still there post op from this surgery. if this were me,i really would wait. but thats just me. you just wont really know what is being generated by the sp compression til the surgery gets done and you are at least a few months out, things change within the cord over that first year when it has been affected. its just a process that occurs with spinal cord affectation/compression over a period of time. hope all goes well with your surgery,please keep us posted.Marcia
11-20-01,placement of hardware for failed fusion
9-22-03,removal of cavernous hemangioma that was inside spinal cord. Neuro damage to L hand L leg and R leg.