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Posted by Beth on November 26, 2000 at 17:35:45:

Hi,

Brief history...problems for a couple of years - got really bad in Aug '00. Had MRI which showed severe degeneration in L4-5, L5-6 (yep, extra vertebrae)had the morphine blocks, phys. therapy, tried bracing, pain meds (still...) muscle relaxers - still no workie.

After myleogram and discogram (YUK!!) disco showed that the 3 levels they tested , 3-4, 4-5 & 5-6 were all positive (4-5, 5-6 the worst). I had them stop after these three - horrible.

My neurosurgeon then advised that I had degenerative spine disease and (in his exact words) 'he could not fuse my entire spine'.

He recommended continual pain management - PROBLEM, I have a terrific career, am only 31 and have a husband and two little children. I cannot imagine the rest of my life on pain management - while this thing progresses.

I have been to two different neurosurgeons, and orthos and they have recommended IDET - not much info on this new procedure. And if it fails - you end up fused anyway.

I am currently seeing a neurosurgeon who is recommending I have an EMG to check for permanment nerve damage! - WHAT.

I have no explanation to why this is happening - no injury, trauma or accident. All I hear...you are too young for this...

No kidding...

Right now, I do not have any ideas to my options. IDET or nothing. I am told that I am not a candidate for any fusion because of the multiple levels. But then I hear of this new 'cage' fusion technique.

Any information I will greatly appreciate...

thanks for listening to my griping.

Beth

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