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    Old 04-03-2019, 10:33 AM   #16
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    Re: Unbearable leg pain - from Spinal Issues.

    So, I spent considerable time with my GP yesterday. He is of the opinion that the S1 radiculopathy is the main problem re: my back issues. I mentioned my concerns about the sensorimotor axonal polyneuropathy discovered by the neurologist, and he said he didnt think that was much of a factor with my problems - and that wouldn't be anything "sinister". My lumbar spine in general is a mess, with general foraminal narrowing and arthritis, so I'm sure that that needs attention. However having read up somewhat on what S.A.P. is all about, I'm not over the moon that something like that is put on the back burner, but I see the neurologist again in two weeks so will ask him of his opinion of how much of a factor that is; I'm certainly not happy to leave that unaddressed with no proper explanation. Meanwhile my GP really thinks I should go in for surgery on this S1 thing, and if thats whats causing my issues, he's probably right! At nearly 75 though, I'm really not up for that if I can help it.

     
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    Old 04-03-2019, 11:25 AM   #17
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    Sounds right to me! (based on the little I know about your situation). There is no urgency to learning more about the neuropathy because it will make little to no difference...but I donít know what you mean by ď sinister.Ē

    There are very few neuropathies that are caused by something that can be addressed or reversed after the fact. Once you have it, there is no way to stop its progress...or, to predict IF it will continue to progress. Iím pretty sure mine has been gradually moving up out of my foot and ankle as the years go by. Without seeing my neurologistís records, I donít know for sure, but it certainly feels lik3 I am getting more numb and it is creeping up my calf.

    Before you can contemplate surgery and decide if it is worth it to you, you need to know specifically what needs to be done! If you could get by with a decompression at one level, recovery would be much, much easier than if you need a fusion in addition to the decompression.

    Canít remember if you have had a recent MRI? Did the GP suggest you make an appointment with an orthopedic spine or neuro surgeon?
    Those specialists will provide you with the most accurate diagnosis and plan for treatment. Some (but, alas, not all) surgeons are very conservative and will only suggest surgery if it is truly the best option. They will usually recommend all conservative treatments first...such as physical therapy, a series of epidural steroid injections, etc. You do not have spine surgery for pain relief but to stabilize an unstable spinal segment and for nerve compression.

     
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    Old 04-03-2019, 01:34 PM   #18
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    Re: Unbearable leg pain - from Spinal Issues.

    Thank you for your response. I have no idea what my GP meant by "sinister" either, but that was what he said; Maybe he felt I would worry too much if he didnt beef his statement up a bit! I go back to the neurologist in two weeks so I'll ask him for further clarification. All that was suggested when I went to him previously though was Topical Cream and physiotherapy, so other than the ability for it to progress, he cant be too concerned! What I do know though is that my widespread symptoms have spread alarmingly in a very short space of time. As I sit typing on a padded chair, the tingling buzzing sensations are pulsating through the backs of my legs into my rear end! My entire legs back and front are engulfed in this issue.

    Re: An MRI, yes I had one about 10 days ago, but I have to find another spine surgeon since the existing one doesnt take my insurance any longer; quite a process finding one!

    By the decompression at one level, you still meant surgery I imagine?

     
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    Old 04-18-2019, 06:20 PM   #19
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    Re: Unbearable leg pain - from Spinal Issues.

    Whatís going on now? Have you learned anything further?

    My neuropathy changes all the time. About two months ago, it was scaring me as I felt like it was changing so quickly. Now it is back to being the way it was. But my feet feel a little different almost every day...some days much worse than others....

     
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