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    Old 03-29-2005, 12:49 PM   #1
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    Has anyone had a multi level lamy without fusion?

    Has anyone had a posterior multi level cervical laminectomy without a fusion? Is this rare? I think most folks are fused...but, I had a 5 level cervical lam without.. l am 15 months out and still suffer daily with spasms..some days worse than others. Also recently have throat spasms and some residual 'buzzing' in my legs. I live in Alaska and my surgeons are all 'down south'..I feel quite isolated and dont know who I can really turn to with daily qustions...thanks for any information!

     
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    Old 03-29-2005, 02:41 PM   #2
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    Re: Has anyone had a multi level lamy without fusion?

    I had a multi-laminectomy w/o fusion (C4-T1) on 01/18/2005 for spinal stenosis. Only problems I have had so far are numbness in both legs from my knees down. I am going to see the surgeon tomorrow morning for my first post-op appointment.

     
    Old 03-29-2005, 06:12 PM   #3
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    Re: Has anyone had a multi level lamy without fusion?

    I just sent you a reply on your thread! You are the first I have found that has had a multi level lami without a fusion and I cant tell you glad I am to hear from you. I hope your numbness resolves soon! My doc said it takes a year for 1 mm of nerve to regrow...and to expect many sensations. The best hint I can offer is to indulge in the wireless heating pads. I live with them and they help SO much with any muscle spasms. I was a posterior lami and the spasms can be relentless...were you also a posterior approach?
    Take care...let me know how your appointment goes. I bet you will be fine!

     
    Old 03-30-2005, 09:07 AM   #4
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    Re: Has anyone had a multi level lamy without fusion?

    I just had a three level laminectomy with foraminotomies two weeks ago (3/16/05). I thought it was strange that you can take away so much without a fusion. I don't wear any brace and never did. I started driving again the other day! By the end of the day my neck does hurt quite a bit, but so far I am very pleased. Most of my hand, arm and shoulder symptoms seem to be getting better. It is good to know that there is still much more healing to go! When you are dealing with nerves, I think everyone has different reactions. Everyone perceives pain and tingling differently. The good news is that most will get some kind of relief in the end! Just hang in there and it will surely get better!

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    Old 03-30-2005, 06:29 PM   #5
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    Re: Has anyone had a multi level lamy without fusion?

    Thanks for writing Boz.. and for being so optimistic! I appreciate it. I have to believe the spasms will stop at some point. I was SO active before all this, it is hard to stay chipper! I was certainly not nearly as mobile as you at the beginning of my recovery! Good for you...
    I had the extra complication of passing out while still in the hospital...fell on the floor the day after the laminectomy...I had a soft collar on..but I often wonder if it may have messed things up and may be the reason for my long healing time. Anyway..thanks again for writing..

     
    Old 03-31-2005, 12:44 PM   #6
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    Re: Has anyone had a multi level lamy without fusion?

    Had my appointment and the doc ordered a lumbar MRI and EKG nerve test on my legs. He didn't want to speculate until he got the test results. I'm hoping it is not something too serious and may go away.

     
    Old 03-31-2005, 04:02 PM   #7
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    Re: Has anyone had a multi level lamy without fusion?

    I know it is almost impossible, but try not to worry. I had (and still have) a lot of 'nerve' activity for months after my surgery..buzzing, 'squiggles'..I felt as though my legs were filled with bees..They ordered a lumber MRI which came out fine...I still have pains in my feet and calves occasionally! I gave myself a full year to recover..and now I am giving myself 2 years..because I do NOT want to think that these concerns will go on forever. IT is hard to try and just not think about it... not when it is your spinal cord!!!
    GOod luck to you...one thing I have acquired through all of this is great empathy for ANYONE going through it! I will try and check the board for your messages in case you just need to compare weird sensations!

     
    Old 04-05-2005, 07:34 AM   #8
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    Re: Has anyone had a multi level lamy without fusion?

    Thanks, AKGIRL, I really appreciate your responses. I have not had the lower MRI yet, but am trying to get it scheduled sooner. My legs are still very numb (especially the knees and feet) and it seems to be getting worse rather than better. I will let you know what the MRI reveals.

     
    Old 04-05-2005, 05:38 PM   #9
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    Re: Has anyone had a multi level lamy without fusion?

    I hope everything will be fine...after the MRI, if everything is OK, then you will feel better about everything..even though the weird sensations may stay. ANd if something is amiss..they will fix it! My dad has given me a great outlook..he says I am not sick..just broken!! Haha...I kind of like that outlook though..makes me remember they can fix almost everything..although I really dont want another surgery!
    I am also going in for an MRI this Friday..I have had some residual "heaviness" in my left arm and leg since slipping a few weeks ago on my stairs. Spasms in my throat...a lot of spasms in my neck and back..and I wake up several times a night with both arms completely 'asleep"..My NS said he needs to examine me right away..I will have the MRI..send the films to him in San Francisco and then most likely get down to see him as soon as I can. IT is kind of a problem living away from the specialists...I hope I just messed up the muscles and not the canal or cord...
    ANyway, I hope you continue to improve everyday..I bet you will soon have good news and a number of good days feeling better...

     
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