I am right on the edge .Ready for total disc replacement.Have an appointment monday with an associate doctor to the only doctor in my area that has performed total disc replacement.I will not accept fusion knowing ADR is right there.My question is....what are the physical limits to general activities and sports and exerting the back after this surgery is done?
I can't give you any specifics but the people I have talked to that have had ADR inplace of fusion have returned to activities sooner and have been able to lead fuller more active lives. I'm not saying that people with fusions don't go on to lead active lives but I have been astounded by the facts that I have read and heard compared it's great that you qualify for ADR. I wish you the best of luck.
Well...I'm not allowed to see the surgeon that does ADR in Sarasota but I have been approved to see a surgeon from the same office.I will stress that if I am at all eligible for adr then I will not accept a fusion.It may be that they may find I don't qualify for adr.
I know I would if I could get to Germany.Does anyone know how to approach insurance about going to Germany to have this done.I know it would save them a lot of money vs having surgery here in the USA.
Well........I went to see the doc today...he viewed my discograph ant flat out told me no adr.FDA has only approved adr for a 1 level problem and mine is l4l5 and l5s1.There are multi level trials but this doc isn't in on it.In Germany 2 and 3 level adr is routine...wht the F@@@ is the FDA so behing on these matters?On top of this I find out it's nearly impossible to get pain medication here in Florida.My GOD I'm in so much pain that if I had a gun in my home I would have blown my head off already.What is wrong with this system and how can we fix it?
I'm so sorry that the news was so bad, I don't even understand why it has taken so many yrs for this to be available in this country I have heard so many good outcomes form people that have gone to Germany, but this doesn't solve your problem, sorry.
I understand about the pain but please know that help is out there you will just have to search until you find it, do you have a family dr that can help you with pain meds until you can find a good pain mangement dr or clinic?
I used to live in Fl and have spoke with others that still do that have gone to some good PM cliincs.
Mater of fact one of the Pm drs I used to have has moved to Miami and opened up a Pm clinic.
Know your in my thoughts and I wish you the best.
Thank you Linda,
I had asked for a spine specialist at first and my new Primary care doc sent me to pain management.I was miffed because PM didn't really help me before.I spoke with them and thay told me the only thing they do is ESI.Well I've already had my rounds with ESI...not only were they extremely painful,they didn't give me a bit of pain relief.On top of that cortisone causes me to gain weight and bloat and it takes a couple years to get rid of that side effect.My primary care doc obviously didn't hear me when I told him emphatically I will not do ESI anymore.
I don't know how your ins. works and if you have to have refferal to go to another dr or not, if you don't just do a search for a new PM and if you do then maybe it's time to find a new primary dr.
I have fought this fight for almost 6 yrs and know it's one that wears you down and it's a rough road, I can't tel you the number os times I wanted to give up completly, but the pain keep me motivated cause I wasn't ready to just give up my l ife all togather.
I can't even remember all the drs I have been to and the PM I have right now won't rx my meds my primary does I'm very fortuante that he does I'll be leaving this PM as soon as we get things straightened out with this SCS implant I'd have left sooner if it wasn't for this.
Please just keep your chin and don't give up you have a right to PM also.