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Multilevel Lumbar Fusion

Started by Tina Burkhart A... on 11/25/2016 1:44pm

I'm new here. I'm a 56 y/o female with both C-spine and L-spine issues. My C-spine is probably "worse" but doesn't cause the debilitating pain that my low back does. I have severe spondylosis, grade 2 spondylolisthesis L3-4 and L4-5 with desiccated and bulging discs, ligamentum flavum redundancy and foramina stenosis L4-5 and L5-S1 (severe). I have a 12' scoliosis L1 thru S1. Imaging shows some instability. I have severe low back pain and severe leg and foot pain (bilaterally). Lyrica helps a bit. I have some "saddle area" pain and tingling as well. MRI shows that Caudal Equina is within normal limits. EMG shows old nerve damage "denervation/reinervation" along L5 nerve root bilaterally, but nothing acute right now. EMG C-spine shows multilevel issues.

I've had multiple interventions at my pain clinic without great results. I experienced severe burning along my spine and legs after my last epidural, so I think I'll pass on more. I've had 2 opinions from neurosurgeons. One recommends a 2 level decompression/fusion and another a 3 level decompression and fusion. I have yet to read about someone having good results with multi level fusions. Many articles state that it is a "last resort" kind of surgery and recommend pain management (meds) instead. I'm a nurse, and its clear that I won't be going back to patient care...ever. So sad.

I'd love to hear from folks who have had multilevel lumbar fusions, and any recommendations for surgeons in Northern CA.
Thanks, T

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