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    Old 03-13-2008, 11:24 PM   #1
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    spondolythesis paralysis

    I had an sports accident in 1983. After going from specialist to specialist I finally ended up at Sick Kids in Toronto where diagnosed with spondylosis and spondolythesis L3-S1. I presume the spondylosis was pre-accident - no one could know for sure. I've had constant back pain since day 1 of accident, no one can touch the left side of my back from waist down. I wore a Boston Bucket from '85-'91 to support abdominal muscles and try to reduce back pain - 22 hours a day. Over the years, lifting my legs became harder and harder and I've always had lack of sensation, bowel/bladder trouble from waist down, nerve damage presumably from spondolythesis and accident. By '97, I could no longer walk. Just couldn't walk anymore, couldn't lift my legs. Pretty much a para. They say this is from spondylosis and spondolythesis, causing the nerve compression, and obviously the busted disks that come with it. Is paralysis a common thing with grade 4 spondolythesis who have never had surgery? Remember this was 25 years ago I was diagnosed and there wasn't the same knowledge as now. Is surgery still an option? What would it do now? I went through electo-stimulation (not TENS, did that on my back and it didn't do anything), for my thighs which caused spasms which over time allowed me to

     
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    Old 03-14-2008, 12:23 PM   #2
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    Re: spondolythesis paralysis

    I suppose it's possible as the discs could have been impinging the nerves or the spinal cord. Can I ask why they didn't do surgery at the time?

    The difficulty is that with extended time often nerve impairments and spinal cord injuries are permanent. Thus it's often recommended that for spinal problems in which the spinal cord or nerves are being impinged or when there are applicable symptoms - that surgery be performed as soon as possible to limit long term affects.

    I had a cervical spinal fusion done about 2 years after the symptoms appeared - thus there is some slight residual weakness in my left arm and tingling/numbness. It's not very limiting but is bothersome.

    Perhaps you would want to consult with a neurosurgeon as soon as possible to see if they could recommend any treatment.
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    Old 03-14-2008, 12:46 PM   #3
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    Re: spondolythesis paralysis

    When I had my injury, my doctor at Sick Kids hospital said that surgery could be an option, but at the time, she said they would have to go to T12 to secure the hardware. That would limit my range of motion at my waist since I could bend down forward - very flexible and I still am. I can't move my waist to the left at all because the affected vertebrae are the left ones, like I said L3-S1 - so that definitely limits my waist movement but I can to the right a little bit (I could do it more to the right back then, but hey that was 25 years ago)

    She did say that she felt eventually I would have to use a chair. Perhaps that's because of not having the surgery.

    I have a Physiatrist. I go to Lyndhurst Rehab Hospital that is part of Toronto Rehab - but it is the specialised Rehab hospital for spinal cord injuries.

    I go back to see her in another month so I will ask her and see if she will refer me to a neurosurgeon. She has ordered a complete cervical to sacral MRI, I'm waiting to get in. Of course, there's always a wait. I've had several on the injury site but she wants to see if there is anything in other places.

    Also, I have osteoporosis. They diagnosed that when I was 24. I get a Bone Density every few years and I've been on meds for it. I just got a call from a specialised bone doctor at Lyndhurst two weeks ago saying it was imperative that I get in asap to see him because they got the results of the last test and they need to discuss treatment. So, I have no idea what is going on there. I am going on Tuesday. I'm kind of scared about that.

    But I'm really wondering whether the surgery is even possible so late now and what would it do? Relieve some of the chronic pain at the injury site?

     
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