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Board: Back Problems 05-21-2015, 07:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 185
Posted By teteri66
Re: Does this mean surgery, because it is painful!

Spondylosis is not a clinical diagnosis, but is a descriptive term that means both pain in the spine and spinal degeneration. Doctors sometimes call it arthritis.

The discs are comprised of...
Board: Back Problems 05-20-2015, 10:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 249
Posted By teteri66
Re: L1 to L5 with S1 spinal fusion

You can only tell so much from what is written...but both Dr. Perry and Dr. Flangas appear to be good choices. June 15 is not that far away. Your husband sounds like he is going to be a difficult...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 05-19-2015, 05:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 181
Posted By teteri66
Re: How to find references for Neurological Surgeon

A CV is a type of resume that is often used in academia. It is more detailed and includes things beyond name, education and work experience, like awards, grants, published articles, presentations,...
Board: Back Problems 05-19-2015, 04:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 209
Posted By teteri66
Re: Seeking advice or help

Have you consulted with a spine surgeon? This can be a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon. A neurologist specializes in diseases of the central nervous system but does...
Board: Back Problems 05-19-2015, 04:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 223
Posted By teteri66
Re: this sciatic pain is crippling

What levels are they considering operating on (like L3-4 or L2-L5...).
Board: Back Problems 05-19-2015, 06:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 223
Posted By teteri66
Re: sciatic pain cripalling

Welcome to the board. Do you have a copy of the radiology report from the scan? Have you had a MRI? For those of us with chronic spine issues, it is a good idea to request a copy of the scan or...
Board: Back Problems 05-18-2015, 09:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 249
Posted By teteri66
Re: L1 to L5 with S1 spinal fusion

Are you referring to Las Vegas? There are a number of fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeons that practice in Las Vegas, including

William S. Muir
John S. Thalgott

Your husband's...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 05-18-2015, 12:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 181
Posted By teteri66
Re: How to find references for Neurological Surgeon

I do not live in Michigan, but have family and friends who do. Several of them have needed spine surgery. I discovered that it can be a difficult place to get second opinions! Several of the...
Board: Back Problems 05-18-2015, 11:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 349
Posted By teteri66
Re: revision scheduled

I am thinking about you as you prepare for your surgery. You have waited a long time for this. Wishing you all the best!
Board: Back Problems 05-18-2015, 11:09 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 114
Posted By teteri66
Re: Spinal Cord Compression (Acute)

Welcome to the board.

Have you tried therapeutic/medical massage?

Otherwise I suggest the following, which you will need to do twice a day and may not notice much happening for about a week.
...
Board: Back Problems 05-17-2015, 08:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 233
Posted By teteri66
Re: artifical disc replacement - 6 months post op

Did you have any other spine issues other than the ruptured discs?
Board: Back Problems 05-17-2015, 08:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 175
Posted By teteri66
Re: Neck head & shoulder

Lacking a normal cervical curve can throw off the entire spinal alignment. It can cause issues in the muscles and soft tissue.

Have you tried therapeutic massage or chiropractic?

Another easy...
Board: Back Problems 05-17-2015, 08:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 249
Posted By teteri66
Re: L1 to L5 with S1 spinal fusion

You are smart to be frightened. The fact that your husband is a heavy smoker is a disqualifying factor in and of itself. With each additional segment that is fused, the risk factors go up, and this...
Board: Back Problems 05-16-2015, 08:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 233
Posted By teteri66
Re: artifical disc replacement - 6 months post op

I was trying to understand from your explanation what it was about your medical condition that suggested TDR rather than fusion. Since many more people read posts on the board than participate in...
Board: Back Problems 05-15-2015, 08:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 233
Posted By teteri66
Re: artifical disc replacement - 6 months post op

No, I meant did the doctors tell you that the nerve damage was a result of the surgery? I was not referring to the pain.

Nerve pain is a common occurrence post surgery, but nerve damage is a...
Board: Back Problems 05-15-2015, 04:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 233
Posted By teteri66
Re: artifical disc replacement - 6 months post op

Thanks for posting an update.

Where did you have the surgery?

Do you know what specifically caused nerve damage during the surgery? Is that your conclusion or a medical opinion?

Hopefully...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 05-15-2015, 06:55 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 282
Posted By teteri66
Re: 6 weeks post op c5c6 acdf

Sorry no one has responded to your post. I usually post on the Back Problems board as my issues are in the lumbar spine. Hopefully some of our cervical spine people will see this and offer some...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 05-15-2015, 06:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 235
Posted By teteri66
Re: pain

Welcome to the board. You should make an appointment with a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon. A neurologist specializes in diseases of the nervous system but does not...
Board: Back Problems 05-14-2015, 08:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 349
Posted By teteri66
Re: revision scheduled

I was never on pain meds. I took neurontin and then Lyrica for awhile, but when I got up to a dosage that I felt was doing some good, my feet and ankles became very swollen. Pain Meds never helped...
Board: Back Problems 05-13-2015, 06:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 349
Posted By teteri66
Re: revision scheduled

I understand your anxieties. I regarded my last surgery as my last chance to achieve a successful outcome...as did my surgeon. My initial recovery was easier than my first fusion, even though the...
Board: Back Problems 05-13-2015, 05:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 149
Posted By teteri66
Re: 5 mm anterolisthesis of L4 on 5 as detailed. Elsewhere, mild generalized

Welcome to the board. Have you had this problem for four weeks or have there been episodes of previous back pain?

An anterolisthesis is a spondylolisthesis that slips toward the front side of the...
Board: Back Problems 05-13-2015, 07:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 349
Posted By teteri66
Re: revision scheduled

Hi Cheryl,

Hope you are still peeking in from time to time. I just happened to think about you and wondered if you'd had your revision surgery...

Are you still scheduled for the 20th? Or was...
Board: Neuropathy 05-11-2015, 09:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 187
Posted By teteri66
Re: Severe Pain while Swimming

It may be cursed by the movement of flexing and pointing your foot...or I suppose it is possible that it has something to do with the position of your spine. Often the type of nerve damage that...
Board: Back Problems 05-11-2015, 09:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 333
Posted By teteri66
Re: Lower Back Pain

What an ordeal for you! Glad you have made it this far.... Did you have physical therapy while you've had this particular issue? Having had three lower lumbar surgeries, including two fusions, I...
Board: Back Problems 05-10-2015, 04:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 278
Posted By teteri66
Re: Back Pain and sleeping

Welcome to the board. I believe that is an old wive's tale! The best surface to sleep on is one that fully supports the natural curves of the spine...a firm mattress but not a hard one. Regardless...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 05-06-2015, 06:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 219
Posted By teteri66
Re: So confused not fused on cervical sp now MRI of lumbar, can someone help me with

There is enough going on in your lumbar spine that correlates with your symptoms. There are several places in the lumbar spine where spinal nerves can become compressed. One is in the central canal...
Board: Back Problems 05-05-2015, 05:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 261
Posted By teteri66
Re: Finally got a straightforward answer

I'm sorry but what is IME?

In any case, I guess what you were told is that you have permanent nerve damage and there is no possibility that it will get better. Is that correct?

When you say...
Board: Back Problems 05-04-2015, 07:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 261
Posted By teteri66
Re: Finally got a straightforward answer

What type of doctor? Did he say why that was the case? (Living with restrictions and pain?)
Board: Scoliosis 05-03-2015, 07:00 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 276
Posted By teteri66
Re: Surgery Caused Tethered cord??

I have limited knowledge about tethered cord syndrome, but, since no one else has responded, I will offer some it. :rolleyes:

It is my understanding that scar tissue can cause a tethered cord. ...
Board: Back Problems 05-01-2015, 06:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 248
Posted By teteri66
Re: PILF L5 S1 Post Op Spasms

Your sense of humor appears to be in good shape! You will discover that recovery takes a good deal of patience.

SI joints seem to become an issue after a L5-S1 fusion. The immobility of that...
Board: Back Problems 04-30-2015, 10:55 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 177
Posted By teteri66
Re: New MRI-terrified-impingement on thecal sac from osteophyte c5/c6

Well, first , being terrified is not a helpful state of mind, as I'm sure you know. It is a shock when one first learns he/she has a spinal issue, but if you become educated in spinal anatomy and...
Board: Back Problems 04-29-2015, 10:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 217
Posted By teteri66
Re: Struggling After Thoracic Fusion

I have never had a thoracic surgery nor do I know anyone who has, so I cannot offer any personal perspective, but I know doctors are very reluctant to operate at that level.

After my first...
Board: Back Problems 04-29-2015, 06:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 217
Posted By teteri66
Re: Struggling After Thoracic Fusion

I would suggest that there is no such thing as a "typical" recovery. I found that even if you have two fusions in one area, lumbar in my case, the experience can be very different. It all depends...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 04-28-2015, 05:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 175
Posted By teteri66
Re: T12/L1 Herniation - Migration & Sac Compression

It seems there is a disc herniation at the disc between T12-L1 that is pushing out just off to the left of center, and pushing into the thecal sac...which is the membrane that covers the spinal...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 04-26-2015, 09:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 208
Posted By teteri66
Re: How often do people not have surgery with CSM?

Have you already been evaluated by an ortho spine or neuro surgeon? You can get some basic information from a pain management doc. but the spine specialist is the place to go for an accurate...
Board: Back Problems 04-26-2015, 10:55 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 309
Posted By teteri66
Re: Back Pain

Do you know what type of surgery? Is there a problem with a disc or stenosis or what is the diagnosis?
Board: Back Problems 04-26-2015, 10:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 343
Posted By teteri66
Re: Xlif l4-l5

Perhaps I am forming the wrong conclusion, but I am wondering if you were properly prepared for a long recovery. Any fusion requires a certain period of time to allow proper bone growth and to allow...
Board: Back Problems 04-24-2015, 06:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 377
Posted By teteri66
Re: Broken Titanium Rods - Failed Fusion

I am confused. Is your whole spine fused? This indicates thoracic through the SI joints...and then it says something about the cervical area being fused.
Board: Back Problems 04-24-2015, 09:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 377
Posted By teteri66
Re: Broken Titanium Rods - Failed Fusion

What kind of symptoms are you having? Where is the numbness located? Is the pain the same as what you experienced post surgery?

It is odd that the new x-ray would show that the "fusion had...
Board: Back Problems 04-23-2015, 08:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 244
Posted By teteri66
Re: Long Time Back Pain

Welcome to the board. Sorry you have been in pain for such a long time. Has anyone suggested that a surgery might be an option?
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 04-23-2015, 07:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 329
Posted By teteri66
Re: MRI report -please help

You should be OK to go through PT without it resulting in further injury or damage. X-Ray doesn't show soft tissue, disc and nerves so it is a very incomplete picture of what could be wrong...but at...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 04-23-2015, 07:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 348
Posted By teteri66
Re: Introduction and upcoming surgery: 4/23

Wishing you healing mercies as you begin the second half of the journey....
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 04-22-2015, 08:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 271
Posted By teteri66
Re: Please Interpret MRI

The good news is that there is no central canal stenosis. While you may experience more intense symptoms while waiting to see the specialist, you are not at risk as you might be if you developed...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 04-22-2015, 08:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 329
Posted By teteri66
Re: MRI report -please help

The two specialties with the most education and training in issues of the spine are the fellowship- trained orthopedic spine surgeon and the neurosurgeon. Just be sure the practice is limited to...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 04-22-2015, 05:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 329
Posted By teteri66
Re: MRI report -please help

It is hard to say how many levels of the cervical spine were shown, but report indicates degenerative disc disease with spondylolisthesis. This means that one vertebra is slipping over the top of...
Board: Back Problems 04-22-2015, 05:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 442
Posted By teteri66
Re: Feet feel like I have walked 20 miles

What has your experience been with the artificial disc? Are you happy with it?

Where specifically is the pain? Is it in both feet? Do you have burning or ?
Board: Back Problems 04-21-2015, 06:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 400
Posted By teteri66
Re: Bad pain, really stiff !!

What about this is so strange to you? It all makes sense if you have lower lumbar issues. Every spinal nerve running off the spinal cord innervates a particular part of the body. There are nerves...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 04-21-2015, 07:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 496
Posted By teteri66
Re: Confused about MRI/Doctor visit

Wow, that is just so annoying that the first doctor treated you that way.

I hope you get approval soon for additional MRIs. I only have lumbar spine issues and my balance is terrible. There are...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 04-21-2015, 07:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 271
Posted By teteri66
Re: Please Interpret MRI

Welcome to the board. The symptoms you are experiencing are at least in part coming from one or more spinal nerves that are being irritated or compressed. Throughout the spinal column, there are...
Board: Neuropathy 04-21-2015, 05:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 447
Posted By teteri66
Re: Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms that add up to what??

Welcome to the board. I am sorry no one responded to your post. Do you have the results of the cervical spine MRI?
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