Spinal fluid leaks can happen during routine surgery at least 1-2% of the time. They are usually easily fixable with either a stitch or a patch and some special "glue". If that was done, it is unlikely that the leak will continue, especially after 3 days of bedrest. If the leak really returns, then repost your concerns. In my career, if never had a repaired leak fail to heal. So dont worry too much unless the doctor gives you good reason to do so. Dr. Ben-YishayView Thread
Hi Jess, CES is an uncommon condition. Urinary retention/incontinence and bilateral leg weakness with perineal (private parts) numbness is the classic presentation. If your MRI shows severe nerve compression and you have these symptoms, you would likely need an urgent decompression. If the compression on the MRI is not significant and your symptoms are vague, variable and unclear, then surgery is often not warranted. I sure hope you have a very competent spine surgeon taking care of you. True CES should not be missed or ignored.View Thread
Jayne, Sounds like you have a number of issues going on. 2 prior back surgeries, now another "disc...
Jayne, Sounds like you have a number of issues going on. 2 prior back surgeries, now another "disc out of place" in your low back and scheduled for neck surgery as well? Please understand that you CANNOT "pop a disc back into place". Discs are not loose machine parts, rather they are made of fibrocartilage. When a disc herniates, a piece of the disc sticks out from where it belongs, sometimes causing pain,te and sometimes it is PAINLESS. Think of it like the jelly coming out of a doughnut. No massage or manipulation can "pop" any of that material back into place.Physical therapy and medication as prescribed by your doctor are your best options for pain control.....unless you REALLY need surgery.View Thread
Sorry to hear of your husbands troubles. Just so you understand, swelling of the hands and feet as well as skin rashes have little/nothing to do with your husbands spine condition. These are MEDICAL ISSUES that should be addressed/investigated by his INTERNIST. His ongoing back problems are completely unclear to me. He should be seen by an Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon for a clear opinion. Your comment that he has "2 bad discs" does not help clarify the matter. If additional information is obtained I'd be happy to chime in and offer further insight. best of luck!! Ari Ben-Yishay MDView Thread
After "many months" of low back pain you should certainly push to at least get an x-ray of your lumbar spine. An MRI is needed if you have specific symptoms or warning signs your doctor would be looking for. If you dont improve with exercise and physical therapy, then an MRI would absolutely be appropriate . You need to get evaluated to get your questions answered.View Thread
It is unfortunate that you have never seen an Orthopaedic Spinal specialist with fellowship training. My sense is that you have never been given a clear diagnosis. An MRI would be helpful. Your story is all over the place and very hard to conclude anything from it, other than the fact that you have been in pain for a long time. Get an MRI and get a consult with a qualified,reputable spine surgeon for an honest opinion.Good luck. Dr. Ben-YishayView Thread
Your story is a common one. The good news is that the vast majority (90%) of episodes like this resolve on their own in the first few weeks regardless of the actual source of the pain. This may be an injury to a disc or ligament. An MRI is NOT needed immediately unless there are "red flags" such as weakness of the legs, loss of bladder control or a history of cancer. If the pain is intolerable then seeing your doctor is recommended. A day or so of some bedrest, hot showers and an anti inflammatory usually helps. Pain that starts radiating down the leg should prompt a visit to your medical doctor or orthopaedist sooner. Hope you feel better soon. Dr. Ben-YishayView Thread