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First, let me thank all of you for your very informative comments. I am on several Facebook groups and they all complain of pain and some balance issues but mainly pain. They have had laminectomies done and I would say 80% have been failures and they have had to have multiple surgeries. I will not do that. I also refuse to live my life on drugs. What you all say makes a lot of sense. You are coming from completely different viewpoints than the people on the FB groups. They say that if I don't have the surgery I could be paralyzed. But the thing is most of them are in more pain now after the surgery than before. If I'm not in much pain (just a little) now, how much more would I be in if I have that horrible surgery.

I have an appointment Thursday a.m. to see a doctor who performs the MILD procedure and we will see what he says. I also am getting an EMG 1/30 from my neurologist. I have not seen a neurosurgeon yet b/c the laminectomy is not an option for me.

Here is the impression from my most recent MRI which was done 5 days ago:

"1. Again seen is an enhancing intradural lesion in the left spnal canal at the L2 level. This is without significant change in size and appearance from four years ago. Differential considerations include nerve sheath tumor, meningioma and ependymoma.

2. Degenerative disc disease and fact DJD. Findings have progressed with increased right L4 foraminal narrowing and left L5-S1 disc protrusion with increased posterior displacement of the descending left S1 nerve root."

Oh, also what it stated was that there is no significant disc herniation at L1-L2 and no significant central canal narrowing. Left greater than right facet arthropathy. No significant foraminal narrowing.

At L2-3 Minimal retrolisthesis of L2 on L3. Minimal bulging of the annulus. Mild ligamentum flavum hypertrophy. No significant overall central canal narrowing. Bilateral facet arthropathy. Mild right greater than left foraminal narrowing.

At L3-4, minimal retrolisthesis of L3 on L4. Disc bulge with superimposed central disc protrusion. Moderate ligamentum flavum hypertrophy. Moderate central canal stenosis. Bilateral facet arthropathy. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing.

At L4-5, Grade 1 anterolisthesis of L4 on L5 measuring approximately 7 mm. Resulting unroofing of a disc bulge. This is asymmetrically enlarged in the right subarticular and foraminal regions. There is resulting effacement of the right lateral recess with narrowing of the right aspect of the thecal sac. Bilateral facet arthropathy is seen. Moderate to severe right and mild left foraminal narrowing.

L5-S1, minimal retrolisthesis of L5 on S1. Mild diffuse disc bulge with superimposed left subarticular and foraminal disc protrusion. This contacts and posteriorly displaces the descending left S1 nerve root, increased compared to previous exam. Facet arthropathy is seen. Mild left greater than right foraminal narrowing.

Whew!!

Now as far as the lesion is concerned, my neuro says that it most probably is an epndymoma and he is not concerned at all. He feels that is not my problem and I tend to agree.

I am a mess!





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