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I still have paresthesia after L5-S1 fusion

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 22, 2008
  • 08:56 PM

I had a spinal fusion last May and still have back pain and numbness and tingling in both legs. I have a stabbing pain in my left foot along the lateral edge. The surgeon, lawayer, and SIF are pretty sick of me by now. But something is not right. I'm trying to have another MRI authorized to see if any abnormalities are visible. What could be wrong?

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  • Paresthesia can be caused from viruses like shingles or herpes or the beginnings of multiple sclerosis. They might need to look for a different cause. Try some acupuncture for pain relief. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paresthesia
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • *This is not medical or legal advice. This is information from my personal experience. In response to your question about parasthesias after L5-S1 spinal fusion I may have a possible answer related to my personal experience. I also underwent a spinal fusion at L5-S1 when I was 16. Approximately, one year later I began to see a new physician (my original surgeon sadly passed away) and was informed that she had performed a perfect fusion. With that being said, I continue to have parasthesias in my legs especially along the outer edge and my toes. I sought an answer from my new surgeon and he informed me that: The sacral nerves pass through small openings in our spinal column on their way to our legs. These passages are small in all people but due to the spinal fusion I now have scar tissue as well. So, the nerves are pulled through these scar tissue laden passages and cause parasthesias. This is a typical result of spinal surgery and was not caused by a mistake by my surgeon. I also know other spinal fusion patients who have similar problems. It is a major surgery and even when performed perfectly there are lasting changes. I encourage you to go to physical therapy and learn ways to cope with the parasthesias and minimize them...it has helped me. Best of luck, A fellow spinal fusion patient *This is not medical or legal advice. This is information from my personal experience.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 17, 2010
    • 04:58 AM
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  • I had a spinal fusion last May and still have back pain and numbness and tingling in both legs. I have a stabbing pain in my left foot along the lateral edge. The surgeon, lawayer, and SIF are pretty sick of me by now. But something is not right. I'm trying to have another MRI authorized to see if any abnormalities are visible. What could be wrong?Sounds like some type of nerve damage or some other type of issue with the S1 nerve root. Seems like any time a patient continues to have symptoms after surgery, the physician wants to "wash their hands" & be done with the patient. I guess a little challenge is too much for them....Go to a good Pain Clinic..I'm not sure what state you live in, but Physician's Pain & Rehabilitation Specialists of GA. are wonderful. Patients travel many miles....from different states to see them..Good luck....
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 21, 2010
    • 01:22 AM
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  • Yes, the surgeons are pretty good at saying these problems are normal or no fault of their surgery. They like to call it Failed Back Surgery or FBS. Or.. they knew the surgery would never fix you in the first place. Not saying this is always the case but happens more often than they would like you to know. Please read up on Arachnoiditis or Adhesive Arachnoiditis. Look at the symptoms and causes. This could very well be your problem.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 21, 2010
    • 09:58 AM
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