I know some of these reports can sound frightening but often times they sound worse than they really are. The radiologist will list all findings regardless if they are actually a problem or not.
It is my understanding most of these nerve sheath tumors are benign and there is often no treatment other than observation. I have one located at L1 and have been following it for about 8 years. There have been no changes and it is not causing problems so there is nothing to do at this point.
The next time you are at your doctors office, please bring a copy of this report and have your questions prepared to ask. You have some very legitimate questions here.View Thread
There is no easy answer to this question. A lot depends upon your range of motion, weight, and flexibility before the surgery, and even more depends upon your motivation after surgery. I have L3-S1 fused about 7 years ago and my range of motion is only slightly less than before the fusion.
You should be probably be looking to other spinal surgeons and physical therapists for your answers.View Thread
We lost our family member who we had been taking care of since 2006. Richard passed last month, about a month shy of his 91st birthday. He too had Alzheimer's and many orthopedic issues. As sad is it is to say another veteran and family member passed from this earth, it was a most merciful ending. There is definitely an empty spot as taking care of Richard took a lot of time and effort.
I had the honor to eulogize Richard and officiate at his graveside services. We had a few close friends and a spectacular southern CA day for the internment.
Take comfort in the fact you have done everything possible to ensure the health and safety of your loved one as that is what counts the most in the long run.