Karen Overton

I lost Thoracic vertebrae 1 - 9 due to an infection which resulted in spinal fusion & rods a little more than a year ago & am recovering & have come so far, but I have NO balance & must have a walker to remain upright and thats only for very short bouts as well as has left me urinary incontinent (embarrassing). Is this unusual after such a surgery? and will a certain exercise help to fix my balance issues or not? Im 45 yrs old and this has left me in quite a depressive state. Any input appreciated.

God Bless,

Karen Overton


Hey Karen,

It sounds like you've really been through a lot in recent years. Unfortunately, it's not uncommon for an individual to have balance issues after having spinal surgery. Remember, our spine is what keeps us upright in the first place. Part of the problem is likely due to a loss of muscle tissue that surrounds the spine and ultimately keeps its shape.

The incontinence issue is slightly more complicated and I probably shouldn't be commenting on it. I'm not really sure if the incontinence occurred before or after the surgical procedure. Have you seen a neurologist concerning this problem? There is an issue called "hydrocephalus", which is basically increased cerebrospinal fluid pressure which, in some cases, can cause urinary incontinence in older individuals.

As for the balance, keep on doing your back excercises. Your muscles will build up to a point where your balance will improve and possibly allow you to get rid of the walker.

Good luck with everything, write again soon to let us know how you're doing!


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