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post-surgery scar tissue

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  • My surgeon said mine could take 2 to 3 years to come back. He said one never knows and mine was hit 4 times in separate surgeries in 11 months but has been numb since the first one. Yet it has to grow over 3 feet the length of my leg. Hard to prepare for something when you don't know what the outcome will be. All I hear is patience, acceptance and just get through it. I could throw up at those words right now. I am tired of having to deal with this every minute of every day and not having anyone be able to help me but to say those words above. They aren't there on the weekends when things are at their worst it seems or when I just think I can't handle anything anymore or would give anything for a sign of improvement. I know they are doing their best, but this is where medicine lacks. What to do at that point where things feel the worst and you have no strength left to ask for help, cause you know no one has the answer to my question of when will all this end and be better?
    julie
  • Zach,
    When is your surgery scheduled for now? Sometime in January did you say? Is your doctor going to try the Singulair and Duragen at that time?

    csp
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  • Zach,
    Hope it goes well.

    csp
  • Zach,
    I think everyone is scared at some point, especially when we've had surgeries that don't turn out the way we wanted. I got my CT/mylo. back and they suggested arachnoiditis. This one really scares me. I know it's similar to epidural fibrosis, but it sounds worse. I have no evidence of a re-herniated disc, just the clumped up nerves. And the weird thing is... the clumping is between L4 and L2. My disc surgery was at the L5-S1 level. It sounds like the clumped nerves are above this area... that confuses me. I go back to my original neuro surgeon that did my surgery some time. Just waiting for an appointment to be set up. I truly wish my doctor would've said to wait 6 months to see if the disc healed by itself before going in a second time. Now, I have worse pain with this "clumping" and have no idea what to think.

    I have been praying for your surgery to go well :)

    csp
  • Zach,
    Do you know what arachnoiditis is exactly? How is it different from epidural fibrosis (scar tissue)? When they found the arachnoiditis (clumping of the nerves) on my CT/myelo., it was nowhere near my surgery site. It doesn't make sense. I've read up on it, and it says that you get it by infection, meningitis and previous surgeries. I've none of these in that area. My surgery was only at l5-s1, and I've never had problems with any other discs. The arachnoiditis showed up between L4 and L2... above the L5-S1?? That makes no sense to me. Have any ideas?

    csp
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  • Zach thank you for your kind wishes and prayers. Prayers for a successful surgery are heading right back at you and also strength to once again pick yourself up and work through the healing process. The time for us to be down is a gift given to us for some reason and so use it wisely. Don't dread it is what I mean.
    For some reason, most people only need one surgery and poof they are better, but for the rest of us lucky souls we need to go back again, again and again (and again for me, not for you, you hear?) That was supposed to be a bit of humor thrown in.
    Please let us know. Just keep things moving afterwards so that the scar tissue can't adhere wrongly again.
    Remember to breath deeply and let it go, trusting all the people who will taking care of you, knowing they want the best for you.
    Good Luck,
    julie
  • I'm brand new to this site and not even sure I'm doing this right, but I would love to hear an update on anyones status ...Improvements or otherwise? I've learned a great deal about scar tissue and am willing to share if anyone is still active with this post. Something worth discussing may be Lysis of Adhesions procedure. I've already tested for it with one of the most prominent specialists. The bad news is that Cigna turned payment down as experimental (yet medicare recipients are always covered?). I'm waiting to see what it costs. Anyway, hope someone sees this. I've experienced much of what everyone else has with post op (L/5 - S/1 Fusion) scar tissue and symptoms....Hope to hear from anyone...Thanks
  • check out this link. this is the hospital where i had my surgery. https://www.emoryhealthcare.org/departments/spine/services/lysis.html

    they offer a treatment called lysis of epidural adhesions.
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