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Do I need more surgery?

After years of chronic nerve pain in my upper right leg that had me get multiple x-rays, mri's, epidural steroid injections, 2 disc decompression surgeries, implanted neurostimulator and L3, L4 and L5 hemi laminectomy surgery in November 2013, the same severe right leg pain has returned. My doctor has increased my gabapentin from 1200mg to 1800mg, but based on the below x-ray report from early April 2014, is there anything else I can do from a surgery perspective, or do I manage and live with this through tweaks with medication. I am also waiting for my disability hearing sometime late in 2014.

Diagnostic report text

History: Peripheral neuropathy. Low back pain. History of laminectomy from L3-L5.

Comparison: CT lumbar spine 9/27/2013.

Technique: AP, lateral, bilateral oblique, and flexion and extension views of the lumbosacral spine.

Findings: There are 5 nonrib-bearing lumbar type vertebrae. L5 is transitional. Larninectomy changes are noted from L3-L5. Mild dextroscoliosis of the lumbar spine, apex at Tl 2-Ll is noted. The alignment is near-anatomic and the lumbar lordosis is maintained. There is no evidence of instability on the flexion and extension views. No acute fracture, spondylolisthesis, or spondylolysis.
Multilevel anterior spurring is noted with osteophytic ridging at L2-3. Disc spaces are preserved. Multilevel facet sclerosis are noted, worse at L3-4 to L5-S 1. Bone mineralization is within normal limits. There is atherosclerotic calcificatio•n within the abdominal aorta. A nerve stimulator is partially visualized with leads entering the spinal canal at Tl 2-L l posteriorly.

Impression:

Multilevel spondylotic changes of the lumbar spine as described above, status post laminectomy at L3-L5 levels. No evidence of instability.

Thank you!
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Comments

  • LizLiz Posts: 9,699
    edited 05/07/2014 - 8:35 AM
    there is nobody qualified to advice you on whether or not to have surgery or to interpret an mri, all information is based on personal experiences

    welcome to spine-health and how to get started here

    Liz, 

    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Noone can answer that, jgeiger, that is a conversation that you will need to have with your dr's.
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  • TarenTTaren Posts: 510
    edited 05/08/2014 - 6:41 AM
    Especially the part about putting MRI's up--we can not read these, even if we could we couldn't tell you what they mean, it's in the rules of this site. Btw, welcome to Spine Health--You are probably thinking, "some welcome", huh? No offense meant, we just cant translate your test results, like I said above your dr has to tell you what it means. ;-)
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