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Posted by: greg | 2006/11/13

Severe back problems

I have had 3 back ops, no success. I was diagnosed in 1985 with Spina Bifida and a degenerative disc. Spinal surgery in 1990, spinal fusion L5 with a lamonectomy. It broke in 1996 and was not on a medical aid to have it repaired. Spinal fusion with instrumentation in 1999. Still no success. Manipulation same year and also traction and spinal catheter with cortizone. Still no luck. Instrumentation removed late 1999. Muscle atrophy in both legs, numbness in both legs and feet, loss of control of bladder and bowels, loss of control in muscles of the legs, could this be a misdiagnosis of Spina Bifida? What could be causing the problems? Any advice would be welcome

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Dear Greg
spina bifida is usually diagnosed just after birth, and depending on what grade of SB you have, you may have physical signs on the back or on x/ray.
In cases in which there are no external findings, the diagnosis is more difficult and may not become evident until neurological abnormalities or hydrocephaly develop weeks, months, or years following birth.
If you think that it would give you peace of mind, why don't you go for a second opinion? The best place would be a neurosurgery department at one of the Academic hospitals - the prof's usually has a private practice too if you have a medical aid.
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spina_bifida

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