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Benign Spinal Cord Tumour Support & Information

Just over a year ago I had a schwannoma removed from my back, it was fairly small compared to many described on the site and my laminectomy was only one vertebra L4.  My story started in July 2007 when during a camping trip I was in lots of pain in my back and legs. 

I first started having problems when I was 17 in 1990. At the time it took ages to diagnose why my right hand had gone weak, I had sweating episodes and eventually I was becoming wobbly and legs started to get weaker. I was eventually referred to the Walton centre and after loads of tests etc I was eventually diagnosed with an intramedullary astrocytoma(benign) in the C4-C6 section. The surgeon was confident he could remove it but said this type of surgery was new and that only couple years back he wouldn't medically have been able to do anything.

My symptoms appeared during August 2000 at the age of 64yrs when I felt severe pain in my toes when lying in bed and suffered severe cramps mainly to my right leg, then in September I began to feel severely ill and started to lose feeling and function in my legs.