The MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the lower back I went through last December 28, 2016 showed further damage to my lumbar spine and sacrum, as compared to a previous one done in 2015. When I had a falling accident in August 6, 2016, which fractured my left knee cap, my back was also affected and for three days, while confined at the hospital, I couldn’t move because of the excruciating pain I felt in my lower back. A CT scan was done, aside from an X-ray, at Al Adan Hospital where I was rushed to, via an ambulance, after my fall and it only revealed my old diagnosis of spondylolisthesis of the lumbar spine, a condition where there is a slippage of Lumbar 4 (L4) over L5 vertebral body.
The MRI was ordered by a Spinal Specialist after I complained of intense and sustained pain in my back and pain, numbness and weakness of my lower extremities. The report had the following Impressions:
Lumbar spondylosis associated with relative lumbar spinal canal stenosis and multilevel disc affections.
Mild lumbar scoliosis associated with mild left-lateral slippage of L4 over L5 vertebral body (Spondylolisthesis)
When I went to see the Spinal Specialist/Surgeon last January 11, 2017, he readily saw the more pronounced disk bulges as well as stenosis (narrowing) from my L5 to Sacral 1 areas. The disk protrusions and the narrowing of the intervertebral spaces are the ones causing the pain in my back as well as the weakness, numbness and pain of my two lower extremities, he said.
Unfortunately, there is no treatment for the condition, the surgeon explained, but the pain and the numbness and weakness of both my legs can be lessened through surgery.
Will you go for surgery? That was the kind spinal surgeon asked, of which I didn’t readily respond to. It will be risky, of course, I finally said. Yes, it is, but you will be referred to the most experienced and efficient surgeon, after which he told the nurse to schedule a meeting, but only after I am cleared from bone primaries. He was aware of my cancer and the recurrence in 2014 and ordered for a PET scan. He likewise referred me to the Pain Clinic.
I now have the schedule for the PET scan – fasting on February 14, 2017 – and non-fasting on February 20, 2017 – and it will be done at the Nuclear Medicine Department of the Kuwait Cancer Control Center (KCCC). As to the Pain Clinic at the Al Razi Bone Hospital, I will have my first visit on January 24, 2017.
Will I go for surgery? Still am weighing the pros and cons, together with my husband Waleed.