mrsm123, thanks for the reply. Sad to hear about the extra problems with the adhesion,went thru that myself. From looking at your back problems they are almost the same as mine except I have severe DDD. I did the laminectomy in 98' and did well as far as the surgery went but I waited too long to have it done and had bad nerve compression,adhesion which never got better. Have allready lost most feeling in foot and absoluety no reflex in the ankle/foot and lost about 50% reflex at knee according to the Dr. Also starting to get fairly weak in the lag. Do you think it is time? I am trying to wait till L3-L4 gets bad enough so he can fuse it along with the other two lower ones and only have to be cut on once. Maybe it is a bad gamble. Sure don't want to get paralisis in the leg though. Just don't know what to do!!! The screws you are talking about are they the ones from the straps to hold spine while bone is growing/fusing or did you have only hardware without a fusion.
Would like to hear from all that have been thru this situation so maybe get the best game plan and not be foolish and regret waiting.
I also have severe DDD throughout the lumbar spine. I tend to forget about that with all of the other problems I've had to deal with. For me, my decision was made because of the condition that my lumbar spine was in, and I didn't realize how bad off I really was but if I were you, I would give serious consideration to getting it done. The longer you wait, the less likely that the nerves can recover. My surgeon flat out told me that I needed to get it done and soon for the first surgery. In fact, from the day we discussed my options , it was 10 days later that I was in the OR and that was only because it took that long to get the myelogram and CT/MRI scans done again, along with having to donate two pints of my own blood to myself.
As it is, nerves only recover at 1mm a month, and it's going to take a lot of time if the nerves do recover.
I think for each of us, we have to decide if we can continue as we are, and given that you are still experiencing a decrease in your reflexes and ongoing symptoms of damage, I wouldn't wait too long.
As scared as I was of the whole idea of back surgery, I was more scared of paralysis and even I could tell that the pinching off of the spinal cord at three levels was not a good thing.