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    Another Q for Nurses re: tethering

    KLD...The thread by joyfulgirl has gotten me concerned. I am L1 burst, ASIA C, walking para, fusion w/ rods L3-T8, 3 years post injury. I can walk a mile fairly well unassisted, workout on weights and recumbant stationary bike 3 times a week. I have not had an MRI of my spine since just before my surgery (forinotomy, laminectomy, decomp, rods and fusion in 2001). I have had x-rays at annual followups w/ ortho surgeon. He says all is well.

    My concern is that I still have extreme sensitivity and pain from any kind of jolt my body experiences. I can't run because of the pain at injury site and above when heels contact ground. Same happens if I step short or miss a little change in sidewalk elevation, even riding in a car and hitting a pothole sends a stabbing jolt of pain up my spine. I also get the electrical-type shocks and stabbing pains along both sides of my spine for no reason. Even leaning to far sideways or forward sends these pains too.

    NOW...my question is...could this be a sign of possible tethering after my original surgery?

    I have improved so much and gotten so much return (except for BBS, of course) in my 3 years post, the only thing I can't seem to stop is that pain! I see chair-bound paras monoskiing, waterskiing, w/c basketballing, etc...I can't even begin to approach something like that due to the pain anytime I have some kind of jolt, shock or bump.

    Kap

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    Wise...can you or Kathleen please give me some opinion on this?

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    KLD is off but I know she checks the site often.I know Dr. Wise was on this morning.

    So, I will just have to do for now.
    This is common and doesn't necessarily indicate tethering. Damaged nerves very seldom repair themselves "perfectly". Time usually does help.
    On a personal note, I had a lumbar laminectomy 9 years ago and I still occasionally have crawling sensations, electrical sensations going up my leg and other unusual things.Sometimes, i know it is because I lifted something heavy of irritated my back in some way. Other times, it just happens.
    I can only imagine a ruptured disc is minimal compared to a SCI.
    I take Ibuprofen, an anti inflammatory, once or twice a day, if it lasts for while bothers me and in a couple of days it isn't as noticeable or completely goes away for awhile.

    Have a Happy Easter!

    CWO

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