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    Old 05-01-2002, 08:45 AM   #1
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    Please help MRI results. I have Foot drop

    Here are some of my symptoms. Right foot drop mainly at night. Fasiculations really severe in right calf and behind right knee and thigh areas. My right leg feels heavy and hard too move it and walk. Sometimes I have a sharp shooting pain down into my right and left thigh in the front of it. I have had 3 episodes of severe back pain that made me go right to the floor. I could not even move. I have severe cramping into my right calf. just recently I went to the ER for bladder spasms. They say it must be related to my back problems. They checked for infection everything and came to that conclusion. I was told to see a neurosurgeon right away. I did and he did not even discuss the MRI results i have from one month ago. He just ordered a myelogram and I am waiting for those results. Could someone please help explain my MRI results, and is there anyone else that has these type of problems. thanks LLP

    One the T-2 weighted images, there is a small cenral herniated disc at the L5-S1 level which is just contactiong the thecal sac, but is not effacing it. At the L4-L5 level, there is a somewhat larger central herniated disk which IS effacing the thecal sac at that level. There is no compression of the nerve roots at either level. On the T2 weighted images, the intensity of the L5-S1 disk, indicationd desicccation.
    There is narrowing of the L5-S1 disc. The neuroforamina show no encroachment on the nerve roots. there is no evidence of a spinal stenosis. No bony destructive changes are present.

    Impression: Lumbrosacral radiculapathy

    thanks LLP

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    Old 05-01-2002, 11:03 AM   #2
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    Re: Please help MRI results. I have Foot drop

    There's definitely a problem at the L5/S1 level. I developed foot drop and ended up having a fusion and it looks like the foot drop is permanent. Don't wait too long and I'd recommend an Orthopedic spinal surgeon (OSS)versus a neuro. Good luck.

    Had posterior lumbar interbody fusion at L4/L5/S1 on Jan. 30,'01 with 6 pedicle screws, 2 Steffe plates, 4 Brantigan carbon fiber cages and my own hip graft for spondylolisthesis. Wear leg braces (afo's on both legs)for drop foot from nerve damage.

    Old 05-01-2002, 12:22 PM   #3
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    Re: Please help MRI results. I have Foot drop

    Thank you for you reply
    I have also developed atrophy in my right thigh and calf. I have a afo brace for the right leg. It has been almost 3 years and I have been practically begging my doctors to do something. By the way it is workers comp. Thanks much LLP


    Old 05-01-2002, 12:25 PM   #4
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    Re: Please help MRI results. I have Foot drop

    I had a fusion L4-S1 360, posterior/anterior, with rejected pedicle screw at L5, went back in 7 days later to remove the screw, and still have left foot drop. The nerve is still connecting though to the foot.

    It is not going to matter if you have the fusion now or later, although now would be preferable. If you have had it for awhile there may be permanent damage.


    Old 05-01-2002, 12:35 PM   #5
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    Re: Please help MRI results. I have Foot drop

    You are 100% right on the drop foot issue. If there is drop foot now then the damage has been done already. I was told this from my Neuro. I do not have drop foot but I do know one of my neighbors did. I say did because he died last fall in an MVA. Your right drop foot can't be fixed. <IMG SRC="">


    Old 05-01-2002, 12:42 PM   #6
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    Re: Please help MRI results. I have Foot drop

    I am very disappointed about the fact that the my foot drop will not go away. It is very horrible to live with.
    I was wondering thu do you think If I had something to help correct my spine/back problem that the atrophy would stop and the bladder problems and the stabbing pains that go down my leg. I was also reading about the Thecal sac. Does anyone know by my MRI results that this compression into the thecal sac can cause cauda equina syndrome. I am a bit worried after reading about it. Thank you all for your replies.


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