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tethered spinal cord

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 15, 2007
  • 03:48 AM

I injured my back August 2003. My legs started going numb and tingling, my entire body started curving to the right, I started having bladder troubles and every ortho and neuro physician I saw begging for help told me that they could find nothing wrong. I had 2 neurosurgeons tell me, (and I quote) "I assure you, you do NOT have a tethered spinal cord". I was told I had spina bifida occulta which did show on films, but since I was born with it, nothing would go wrong. I did indeed have a tethered cord which apparently did not show in MRI or Xray. These physicians actually told me that my pain was in my head! My spine, especially lower back and tailbone looked like nothing I had ever seen. I looked like I was growing a tail out of my tailbone! It didn't matter to the dr's, even when I had my family going with me to help plead my case, because my films did not show the tethering. It was truly absurd and my faith in the medical community was shattered. After years of suffering I found a physician who performed an EMG & found my spine injury. In January 2007 I had surgery to untether my spinal cord. Unfortunately, I think at this time it has re-tethered, hopefully I will be able to find a physician who will help me as my surgeon has retired.

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