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What causes tingling and numbness in legs?

I have had tingling, numbing and no strength in my legs. Also have no control of bowel movement. Numbing in my straddle area and other personal area problems. I was infrmed today that my x-ray showed no space between the l5 and s1. I was told that the nerves are being crushed. They want me to go for MRI tomorrow. I was also told that they would stick two rods in my back and two srews on top of bone and two screws on the bottom. What is the name of this surgery?? How long is the healing process because I own a car service and cannot be out that long of time because I will lose my cliental.
Tue, 6 Oct 2015
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Hello and thanks for using HCM.

I have read your question and understand your concerns.

The most probable diagnosis in your case is spondylolysthesis at L5/S1 level.

Symptoms are caused by compression of your spinal cord at this level.

MRI will give additional information about your concerns.

The surgery to correct this problem is called posterior stabilization (spondylodesis) with or without laminectomy.

If all goes well, you should leave the hospital in one week and full or near full recovery is expected in six months.

Hope you found the answer helpful.

Take care.
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What causes tingling and numbness in legs?

Hello and thanks for using HCM. I have read your question and understand your concerns. The most probable diagnosis in your case is spondylolysthesis at L5/S1 level. Symptoms are caused by compression of your spinal cord at this level. MRI will give additional information about your concerns. The surgery to correct this problem is called posterior stabilization (spondylodesis) with or without laminectomy. If all goes well, you should leave the hospital in one week and full or near full recovery is expected in six months. Hope you found the answer helpful. Take care.