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    Glial Scarring

    Saw my doctor today and he had news about my second MRI.It wasn't good,he said glial scar had formed and walking "wasn't likely"for me.What is glial scar?

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    Ahhhh...probably more than you wanted to know.... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glial_scar

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    Thanks for that information.So,does that mean there's no hope for me?

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    I'm not a doctor, so I can't answer that. Based on the Wiki article, there may be treatment. Further reading at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gliosis

    I guess, if it were me...I would seek a second opinion.

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    I always thought glial scarring formed in most spinal cord injuries and people can still make good recoveries.He did say there may still be improvement but it would be "minimal".and I shouldn't "expect miracles".I never did expect miracles but at the moment I feel like giving up.

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    I don't know your history with this particular doctor or how is "bedside manor" works...but...

    a.) In my experience, particularly with specialists, they tend to diagnose according to their speciality. So, if this guys a neurosurgen, what's he's telling you is he doesn't think surgery will help you (or, he doesn't want to be responsible id it doesn't).

    b.) I've also found that almost all doctors diagnose according to what they see in their office (you can't actually blame them for this...they can't follow you around 24 hrs a day). I have two examples: since I'm 68, every medical professional I've seen over the last 3 yrs assumes I'm on Medicare and tailors their "treatment" according to Medicare payment guidelines (I'm not...I still work...I have BC/BS). Second, when I go to a "medical facility" like the Mayo or the big hospitals in Iowa, the shear size of the place means I need to be in a wheelchair and pushed around by an aide to get to the doctor. Seeing me in the chair rather than shuffling around my apartment using my walker immediately bias's their opinion of my disability.

    So, bottomline...don't give up. If your current doctor has closed his book on helping you improve, find another.

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    He's not a neurosurgeon but a "specialist doctor".Thats what it says on his badge anyway!Anyway,have to wait and see I suppose.I am getting another ASIA test in three months and I already know in myself that it will be better than the last one.He has said in the past that these tests are more important than any scan.

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    What is your base diagnosis in addition to the new findings on your MRI?

    pbr

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    Not sure what you mean by base diagnosis!My original diagnosis is spinal infarction after operation for an abcsess.

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    An abscess? Or an aneurysm? What are your current level and abilities? Do you know if you were given methylprednisolone (Solumedrol) during or immediately after your surgery?

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