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... fusion and laminectomy . ... (2 replies)
... Everyone I know who has had a fusion reports feeling tired for quite 6-9 takes energy to grow bone. Any activity you do during the day takes away from this...and there isn't any extra to go around. General anesthesia creates havoc with hormones and body systems in general. It takes several months for things to begin to get back to normal.... (2 replies)
... I would think that is pretty normal given the toll that healing from major surgery takes as well as the effects of the narcotics. I can tell you that if I took up to 20mg of oxycodone a day, I'd be tired too :) One of the side effects of oxycodone is that it interrupts normal sleep patterns as well and it's not uncommon for people to have periods of insomnia mixed with... (2 replies)

... Two hands gives you some good information. It is very unusual to do a laminectomy on two or more spinal segments without fusing the area. When the lamina is removed to make room for the compressed nerves, it can create instability. ... (2 replies)
... On January 8, 2015 I had a Laminectomy of L2,L3,L4,L5. ... (2 replies)
... It is true that the recent report you shared above mentions moderate spinal stenosis at L3/L4 but I would question whether that is what is causing your symptoms. In order for central stenosis to cause symptoms the narrowing has to cause compression on either nerve roots or the spinal cord. The spinal cord has already terminated at L2. I have read of very severe central... (10 replies)
... I don't know where you live but I feel safe in saying that the spine surgeons I know would never do a laminectomy without a fusion given that you already have spondylolisthesis from L2 to each disc level. ... (10 replies)
... c the laminectomy is not an option for me. ... (10 replies)
... Does your doctor recommend a laminectomy or did he perhaps say a laminectomy with fusion? ... (10 replies)
... Many surgeons will not do a laminectomy only procedure if multiple levels are involved. ... (2 replies)
... pondylolisthesis. This is slippage of one vertebrae forward over the other, which causes the nerves to get pinched off more. If there is no instability, only the laminectomy need be done to remove the encroaching herniated disc material off the nerve root. ... (2 replies)
... Hello Everyone, First time to the website and new to the board. Left the Neurosurgeons office a couple of weeks ago with news I'm still trying to get my head around. Known for some time that I've had a couple of large herniated discs at L3/4 and L4/5 and a large bulge at L2/3. Also known that I'd need surgery. A laminectomy/discectomy at the two lower levels, at least,... (2 replies)
... *Hugs* to you, Upstate! This is a very rare and unfortunate risk of any spine surgery. You just never think something like this will happen to you until it does. There are several possibilities of what is causing this. You obviously have damage to the nerves supplying the areas affected which happened during surgery. Surgeons will often use small tools to lift nerve... (2 replies)
... Posted once, but don't know if ever came up, anyway Had L-3 to S-1 fusion, laminectomy, clean out, for multiple reasons mostly RT leg & crotch were on fire & non useable. After being passed around from er (3rd time) to KNEE dr, because I need knee replacements, ended up with a spinal surgeon out of Toldedo, Oh. I had that done Dec.08,2014 then on Jan 07 2015 had a rt shoulder... (1 replies)
... 7 months ago I had my first spine surgery and hopefully my last. I turned 57 last July, was an RN for almost 35 years. When I was 19 and a student nurse, on my physical exam the Dr. found I had scoliosis (right curve) of thoracic spine. I went to a specialist and curve measured 23 degrees. Dr. told my mom it wouldn't progress, now this was 1979. Fast forward to 2001 I was... (2 replies)
... he military, both rotator cuffs, both wrists and 3 cervical surgeries in a 6 month time frame, 2 cervical disc surgeries and C4 C5 and C6 C7 and then a cervical laminectomy from C2 through C7. ... (4 replies)
... I did not mean there was NO stenosis. I had thought, from the first post, that you meant there was central canal stenosis throughout the lumbar spine. However, after rereading it, I see you only stated "stenosis." I had expected to see on the MRI report that there was moderate or severe central canal stenosis. So, I was just surprised at how relatively little there was... (10 replies)
... Teteri66, On my MRI report four years ago, the impression stated "Central spinal stenosis is present at the L3-4 and L4-5 levels, and there is marked foraminal narrowing on the right at L4-5. And it also states "there is moderately severe to severe central spinal stenosis at L3-4 with some foraminal narrowing without nerve root compression". And on the most recent one (these... (10 replies)
... Yes, I'm confused by the stenosis causing the balance issues. You can have balance issues due to spinal cord compression, but as far as I know the spinal cord ends at L1/L2 and your stenosis doesn't begin until L2. I could imagine diabetic neuropathy causing permanent damage to the nerves in your feet which might cause balance issues or as Teteri66 suggests, issues further up... (10 replies)
... Have you ever had a cervical MRI? Do you ever have any tingling in hands or stiffness or pain in your neck? One source of difficulty in balance, walking etc. is myelopathy, which can be a problem in the cervical spine. (I am trying to think of other reasons for your difficulty walking. I don't need a cane but I do have balance problems due to my previous nerve... (10 replies)

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