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Board: Back Problems 04-17-2015, 09:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 246
Posted By teteri66
Re: Help

Have you had a MRI? What are your symptoms?
Board: Back Problems 04-16-2015, 06:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 165
Posted By teteri66
Re: Help me better understand my MRI report

Welcome to the board. You had an MRI of the lumbar spine but you state your pain is up by your shoulder and you have pain in your arm....Which sounds more like a cervical spine symptom.
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 04-14-2015, 02:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 187
Posted By teteri66
Re: Help understanding test results!

You might want to make an appointment with an orthopedic spine surgeon, particularly after you get all the spine MRIs back. This specialty, as well as a neurosurgeon who limits his practice to the...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 04-14-2015, 11:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 187
Posted By teteri66
Re: Help understanding test results!

What type of doctors have you seen?
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 04-14-2015, 07:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 187
Posted By teteri66
Re: Help understanding test results!

Have your doctors ruled out Tarlov cysts? They are fluid filled cysts that form around the nerve sheath and are mostly thought to be asymptomatic. They are most common in the sacral area, then the...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 04-13-2015, 09:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 264
Posted By teteri66
Re: I need help!

Welcome to the board. I am sorry for the reason you have discovered us...but this is a good place to come for support and information from a fellow spiney's perspective.

How long ago was your...
Board: Back Problems 04-13-2015, 09:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 192
Posted By teteri66
Re: understanding MRI Lumbar spine

This is what another member, Webdozer, posted to you in 2013 concerning a cervical spine MRI:

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The "thecal sac" is the membrane that surrounds the spinal canal, holding in the cerebrospinal...
Board: Osteoporosis 04-13-2015, 11:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 206
Posted By teteri66
Re: Pain after walks

Oh goodness. 2-3 miles after not exercising much? No wonder you are in pain! First, get yourself a supportive pair of walking shoes/sneakers and good socks. You do not want to cause other issues...
Board: Back Problems 04-13-2015, 07:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 327
Posted By teteri66
Re: Chronic Muscle Pain, Limited Results

Do you sit at a desk all day? I suspect your issues are primarily postural. The structural alignment of the body is very much like a series of building blocks. There are major points that need to...
Board: Back Problems 04-12-2015, 06:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 327
Posted By teteri66
Re: Chronic Muscle Pain, Limited Results

Welcome to the board. Could you provide more details about your back pain? Where specifically is it located? What makes it better or worse? Is it worse at a particular time of day, or after a...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 04-11-2015, 11:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 276
Posted By teteri66
Re: Please interpret MRI

Welcome to the board.

I was also struck by the amount of stenosis that still exists after having had surgery. It looks like the segment that was surgically repaired still has pain generating...
Board: Back Problems 04-10-2015, 09:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 281
Posted By teteri66
Re: going BACKwards

When was the aqua therapy in relation to when the pain started again? Might there be a connection?

With back problems, it is amazing how a seemingly small thing can aggravate something and cause...
Board: Back Problems 04-09-2015, 04:08 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 259
Posted By teteri66
Re: Lower Back Pain

What are your issues?
Board: Back Problems 04-09-2015, 11:59 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 243
Posted By teteri66
Re: Exercise post spinal fusion

Welcome to the board. Let me preface my comments by saying that I do not know a lot about kick boxing, so perhaps my impressions of it are incorrect. Maybe you can apply my comments to your...
Board: Back Problems 04-09-2015, 09:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 306
Posted By teteri66
Re: Will a surgeon work off a year old MRI?

I'm sorry but I have no idea. I didn't even know insurance carriers demanded a clean test before allowing surgery.

If you do go ahead with the multi-level fusion, it will be very important that...
Board: Back Problems 04-08-2015, 04:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 306
Posted By teteri66
Re: Will a surgeon work off a year old MRI?

In any case it makes for good policy as smoking hinders the fusion process. It is also very bad for the health of the discs.
Board: Back Problems 04-08-2015, 04:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 306
Posted By teteri66
Re: Will a surgeon work off a year old MRI?

Did you smoke and the insurance company wants to know that you have quit?
Board: Back Problems 04-08-2015, 11:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 306
Posted By teteri66
Re: Will a surgeon work off a year old MRI?

Welcome to the board. I haven't heard of a nicotine test. What is it and is this something set up by your surgeon?
Board: Back Problems 04-08-2015, 07:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 249
Posted By teteri66
Re: Back and Neck Pain after accident. need help with MRI results

Oh, one more thing. It is unusual to have a separate disc between S1-S2. The sacral vertebrae tend to fuse together at a very young age in most people, resulting in more of a solid mass of bone,...
Board: Back Problems 04-08-2015, 07:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 249
Posted By teteri66
Re: Back and Neck Pain after accident. need help with MRI results

The lumbar symptoms you mention are typical of stenosis...leaning on the grocery cart sounds very familiar! You should have a "flexion/extension" x-Ray to investigate the spondylolisthesis. This...
Board: Back Problems 04-07-2015, 05:34 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 179
Posted By teteri66
Re: Cervical foraminal Question

Welcome to the board. Unfortunately it is not unusual to develop issues in a segment adjacent to a segment that has been fused. The x-Ray will only show the vertebrae and things that you can see...
Board: Back Problems 04-07-2015, 05:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 286
Posted By teteri66
Re: disk bulging, stenosis, osteophyte complex, what are these?

What you posted is from the lumbar spine. If there was a cervical issue it would be identified as C1 through C8. The middle spine, thoracic, would be identified as T1 through T12. Lumbar spine is...
Board: Back Problems 04-07-2015, 05:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 249
Posted By teteri66
Re: Back and Neck Pain after accident. need help with MRI results

Hello. Glad to see you back on the board, but sorry for the reason why.

I would agree that the report seems a bit brief on detail. Nothing jumps out as being a result of the accident. Most...
Board: Back Problems 04-07-2015, 11:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 286
Posted By teteri66
Re: disk bulging, stenosis, osteophyte complex, what are these?

In the case of L4-5, the bulging disc and facet arthropathy are contributing to cause a narrowing in the foramen and also in the central canal. My guess is that most of your symptoms are coming from...
Board: Back Problems 04-07-2015, 10:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 286
Posted By teteri66
Re: disk bulging, stenosis, osteophyte complex, what are these?

Before you look for a dermatome map, I would suggest looking for some articles on spinal anatomy. Since you have the potential for having ongoing back issues, it would be a good idea to get some...
Board: Back Problems 04-06-2015, 07:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 286
Posted By teteri66
Re: disk bulging, stenosis, osteophyte complex, what are these?

Welcome to the board.

Have you had a MRI of the cervical spine?
Board: Back Problems 04-06-2015, 11:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 272
Posted By teteri66
Re: Can I be helped with Surgery in this case? L5

The MRI is just one piece of the diagnostic puzzle. It is correlated with what is found upon physical exam and basic neurologic exam. If those exams do not reveal something much different from the...
Board: Back Problems 04-06-2015, 11:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 249
Posted By teteri66
Re: Bulging Disc leading to Sciatica with Head to Toe Body Numbness [HELP]

That is unusual that it would last a month...and then to have symptoms that sound like they should be coming from the lumbar area, but the only issue showing on MRI is a thoracic disc bulge. Nerve...
Board: Back Problems 04-06-2015, 06:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 249
Posted By teteri66
Re: Bulging Disc leading to Sciatica with Head to Toe Body Numbness [HELP]

Welcome to the board.

Was your MRI done of the entire spine or just the thoracic area?

Did the doctors give you a diagnosis or were they unsure what caused the numbness?
Board: Back Problems 04-06-2015, 06:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 241
Posted By teteri66
Re: Getting Frustrated

This is a good place to express frustrations, etc. with others who can relate to back pain. I found that one of the frustrating things is that back pain is one of the most common situations that...
Board: Back Problems 04-05-2015, 04:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 213
Posted By teteri66
Re: Multilevel degenerative changes

Wow. How long ago was the "original" MRI? It is almost like they are not of the same person.
Was it done at a different location or company?

I had that experience and it almost cost me my last...
Board: Back Problems 04-05-2015, 01:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 213
Posted By teteri66
Re: Multilevel degenerative changes

Hmm. If you lived in the US I am quite sure that your nerve compression at the L4-5 and L5-S1 would be addressed. It is possible that there are other things going on that are not evident to me from...
Board: Back Problems 04-05-2015, 12:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 213
Posted By teteri66
Re: Multilevel degenerative changes

Welcome to the board. Could you describe your symptoms. Do you have a lot of leg pain,making it painful to walk and /or stand? Is you pain mainly on the left side? Is your pain worse when waking...
Board: Back Problems 04-05-2015, 12:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 366
Posted By teteri66
Re: Desperate for help (MRI results included)

An orthopedic surgery residency is the first specialized degree after a doctor finishes medical school. After five years of training, the doctor has training in all the various parts of the body...
Board: Back Problems 04-04-2015, 09:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 241
Posted By teteri66
Re: Getting Frustrated

Welcome to the board. By any chance did you fall on your tailbone? When there is an issue With the lower lumbar spine, a person often ends up feeling pain in the hip area. Of course, with a fall,...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 04-04-2015, 09:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 219
Posted By teteri66
Re: Leg Is Numb

Could you provide more information? Did something happen that caused your numbness? How long ago was this? Do you have any other symptoms? Do you have any tingling or other symptoms associated...
Board: Back Problems 04-03-2015, 10:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 358
Posted By teteri66
Re: MRI Results

As I stated before, MRI only gives us part of the total picture. It is for these reasons, I feel you should see a spine specialist!

You ask if these problems, which are degenerative in nature,...
Board: Back Problems 04-03-2015, 09:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 358
Posted By teteri66
Re: MRI Results

In spinal radiology, the words that serve as a rankings system are minimal, mild, moderate and severe. The stenosis at L4-5 is rated moderate to severe. This means that the nerve is being squeezed...
Board: Back Problems 04-03-2015, 09:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 358
Posted By teteri66
Re: MRI Results

I am happy to answer your questions. I just wrote a long response and my IPad froze and I lost it before I could post it...so not to bore myself, I am going to reply slightly differently this...
Board: Back Problems 04-02-2015, 05:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 358
Posted By teteri66
Re: MRI Results

Welcome to the board. You can look online to find a detailed description of "degenerative disc disease." It is not really a disease but a series of symptoms that is a common ailment often caused by...
Board: Back Problems 04-02-2015, 08:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 366
Posted By teteri66
Re: Desperate for help (MRI results included)

i went back through your old posts, and can see that what you have is very frustrating. I gather you never got a cervical MRI?

The thoracic spinal area is sufficiently tricky to get to that...
Board: Back Problems 04-01-2015, 05:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 283
Posted By teteri66
Re: Access to my MRI files

Being a private imaging center, you might have to pay a small copying fee, but you can get your records. Don't go in asking them what their policy is. Stop in or call and tell them you want a copy...
Board: Back Problems 03-31-2015, 08:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 283
Posted By teteri66
Re: Access to my MRI files

That has never been my experience. At the time of service, I tell them I want copies of the MRI and radiology report. They hand me a copy of the MRI on my way out and the report is sent when it...
Board: Back Problems 03-30-2015, 06:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 270
Posted By teteri66
Re: Bulging disc, pain if standing or walking for longer periods

Welcome to the board. What you are describing sounds like the effects of stenosis. Hopefully the disc bulge is being absorbed and with time and healing, the foramen will be able to open back up so...
Board: Back Problems 03-29-2015, 10:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 259
Posted By teteri66
Re: Spinal MRI

If you have more questions, I am happy to try to help. It is always difficult to try to gauge a poster's level of familiarity with spinal anatomy, diseases of the spine, etc., and just how basic the...
Board: Back Problems 03-29-2015, 10:14 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 234
Posted By teteri66
Re: Fatigue post-op spinal fusion

Welcome to the board. I can only assume that your pain has improved. Most people complain of insomnia or only sleeping a couple hours at a time post fusion surgery!

It is very common to feel...
Board: Back Problems 03-29-2015, 07:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 259
Posted By teteri66
Re: Spinal MRI

First, I would suggest you make an appointment with either a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon or neurosurgeon whose practice is limited to neck and back. These are the specialties with...
Board: Back Problems 03-28-2015, 05:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 259
Posted By teteri66
Re: Spinal MRI

Welcome to the board. Do you have a spine surgeon that ordered the MRI? What have you been told about it? Were the other lumbar levels normal?
Board: Back Problems 03-28-2015, 07:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 267
Posted By teteri66
Re: Reaching out for help

I would guess that you have some muscles that were strained from the move and then exacerbated by sitting for such a long time. We should do it all the time, but especially when soft tissue or...
Board: Back Problems 03-28-2015, 07:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 400
Posted By teteri66
Re: depression before spine surgery

I think you will find that regardless of academic background no one is quite prepared for recovery. Spine surgeons that have had back or neck surgery themselves are much more understanding!
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