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  • OLIJOBO
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    I had a lumbar fusion, s1, l4, l5, about 6 years ago. 1 week after surgery I started having seizures. Over the last 6 years, this has become a daily occurrence. Along with the seizures, my entire nervous system seems to be out of whack.

    My vision is blurred all the time, I can’t function in the heat, the cold makes my nerves go crazy and I slur my words. Weak in the legs all the time. I am a wreck. Went back to the doc that did the surgery and he said, nothing he did would cause the seizures and he has never heard of seizures after a fusion.

    I get online and find out that seizures after a fusion do happen it seems to be a very common thing.

    What should I do? I have been to many Doctors and the say the seizures are not caused by the back surgery, but then they offer no help. I get seizures on a daily bases, it happens the same way every day.

    I work out side….I start to walk in the heat…..after 30 yards or so, my back starts to hurt, then my back cramps up….and then I have a seizure. EVERYDAY DAY OF MY LIFE. The heat makes it worse. Any ideas on what this might be, it is starting to affect my job and I might be fired over it…..Any help please??????

    Also, I get these seizures from heat alone and no activity. If I am in a hot tub, I will have a seizure, a very hot shower will cause one as well.

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Seizure occurrence after a lumbar fusion must be exceedingly rare as I have never seen nor read about seizures as a complication of this surgery. This is unless you might have had an undiagnosed disorder that became apparent after this fusion or something went terribly wrong during surgery.

    You can check the operative report by the anesthesiologist to see how you were monitored during surgery. I believe they record blood pressure, percent of oxygen saturation and use of all inhalation and IV agents during surgery every so many minutes.

    I assume you have been thoroughly checked by a neurologist with an MRI of the brain to look for the cause of the seizures. With seizures along with heat intolerance, multiple sclerosis comes to mind as well as other less know diagnoses.

    I wish you the best.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
     
    Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
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