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Old 01-22-2008, 09:52 PM   #1
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Would I be a back surgery canidate?

[B]Hello, WOULD I BE A CANDIDATE FOR SURGERY? I had several MRI's done in the last few weeks, with findings of bulging at 6 locations in the spine as well as fluid and minor flattening of nerves and the pain is bad an last all day worsen with sitting and standing too long and runs down both legs, and numbness in the lower back. I went to the Neuro Surgery and he said its only arthristis? An Sent me for 6 weeks of traction physical therapy which don't help but hurts, the Neuro Doc didn't even make a follow up appointment and thought everything was fine and I was not that bad. Please can anyone give input on this, as I still hurt? thanks, Karen[/B]

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Old 01-22-2008, 10:39 PM   #2
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Re: Would I be a back surgery canidate?

Hi karen and welcome. Well like most of have been in your shoes, you need to do what I call, "pack up your toys" and go find a new sandbox to play in. You need to get your MRIs and reports and see a new spine doctor. It can be another neuro or an ortho spine surgeon. Just make sure it's not with the same group. And if it requires that you have to drive far to make this happen, it's worth it!

Many of us on here get improper treatments and diagnosis and that is why it's so important to get several opinions. The more information you know and learn about your spine, the better you can drive your healthcare. I thought I knew alot about the body, but when I hurt my spine, I quickly learned I had no clue.

Stay in charge of your health because the doctors wont do this for you. The more you learn about your spine and what is really going on with you and what is out there to possibly try, the better you can communicate with your doctor and it also helps you greatly in finding the right doctor that you feel most comfortable with. You have to be able to trust your doctor. When there is no trust, you need to move on to one that you can trust.

Now you may indeed have arthritis and your spine could be in such bad shape for varying reasons that surgery may not be an option for you. But that's why it's so important for you to take charge of things, gain knowledge and get out there and start trying to find more answers and relief for yourself.

So are you candidate for surgery, that can not be answered here. You need to get more testing and opinions done to know more.

Welcome to this site. and please keep us posted.
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Old 01-23-2008, 04:57 AM   #3
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Re: Would I be a back surgery canidate?

Hi Karen, I agree that you should see a doctor who specializes in the spine/back. Ask around to find out the best in the area. Your primary care might be able to recommend one for you. I did not have any luck with the neurologist. He also blew off my pain and told me to exercise. He said there was nothing wrong with me- HA!
I went to a place called the back center, where they specialize in spinal surgery. They were able to help me a lot better and understood more of what was wrong with me.
If you are in pain, keep trying with different docs till you come up with an answer.
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Re: Would I be a back surgery canDidate?

[B]This neuro doc is know throu the USA and suppose to be the best, however he spend like 5 minutes looking at about 3 slides of the MRI and told the nurse its arthristis and that is that. I am afraid to ask to go to another doctor, I live in a small town in Kentucky and its hard to get help. I seriously think my back is worse than I am told. Thanks for all the inputs. Karen[/B]

 
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Just because a doc has a great reputation, he might not be very helpful to you! I agree that you need another opinion from a fellowship trained spinal specialist. You may have to travel a ways to a bigger city or a university connected hosptal to find a specialist...but your back is too important to leave in the hands of someone who might have minimal training. It will be worth the effort.

 
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Re: Would I be a back surgery candidate?

[I]I was wondering can arthristis be that bad in the lower back that it causes pain through the back and legs? thanks[/I]

 
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Re: Would I be a back surgery canidate?

I am very sorry for all you are going through. It's very hard to say for us who is candidate and who is not.

My husband suffers for many-many years with his back problems (he is 57). He has bulges for years, of course DDD, artrities and stenosis- all comes "with territory". As you know at age 25 we all start changes in our spines and leave with it for most of us.
Bulges usualy come and go, depends on how careful you with your back (can heal by itself; tears heal as well). Arthirities, stenosis, DDD - most of us leave with it. My husband (as bad as he gets) never was recommended surgery. Not every back problem ends up on a table. I hope it will never be the case for you also.

Best of luck!

 
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Hello, gal...I was thinking that if you are having pain in one of your legs, then it sounds like your nerves are somehow being compromised, maybe even nerve compression. I agree with everyone here that you definitely need a second opinion, especially since you are experiencing so much pain. Please keep us all updated about your condition!

 
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Re: Would I be a back surgery canidate?

And yes, arthritis can be that bad...but in your case, I'd want another opinion to be sure that's what is causing the pain. I imagine there is more to it than just arthritis -- like a pinched nerve.

 
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Re: Would I be a back surgery candidate?

Thanks so much for the help and the pain is bad today as I lay here thanks

 
Old 01-23-2008, 04:56 PM   #11
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Hi there. I understand your thoughts. But just because he's supposed to be or is the best in town, doesnt mean he's the best for you. That is why I mentioned that you should get your MRIs and reports and seek out the opinion of another doctor, even in another town if needed. Most doctors respect that patients want other opinions.

And for your records, you should always keep a copy of your reports for anything you have done. That way it's always at your fingertips and you dont have to ask doctors and then wait and go get them and in some cases, even pay for the privilige of a copy.

I am a real sweet and passive gal, but I make it clear.. my MRI films are mine. They can look at them all they care to, but they belong to me. Some docs like to keep them in their file on you while you are being treated. That's fine, but make sure they label them.. that they are yours.

You should at the very least be in physical therapy to keep your body in motion. Movement is very important for people with injuries and also those that have arthritis.

I would seriously seek out another spine surgeons opinion on the condition of your back, without any bias, so dont give this doctor's opinion to the new doctor. Let them tell you their findings first, then if he wants to discuss the other's diagnosis, then it's okay.

Then at least you will know more of what you are truly dealing with and can then mentally decide what is best for you to do next to help you deal and manage your pain.

I wish you wellness.
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