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Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-21-2010, 01:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,160
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Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-21-2010, 01:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,338
Posted By PNo
Re: detailed report

If this is your family physician monitoring your case, you might want to be seen by a neurosurgeon and get their opinion. The surgeons I have seen would want to correct this situation.

Hope...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-18-2010, 09:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,010
Posted By PNo
Re: Whip-Lash during car accident

Is there a way you can post the text of your MRI report? The words in it will help us understand where you fall on the scale of this type of problem. Shifted is an odd way of saying what I think...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-15-2010, 07:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,030
Posted By PNo
Re: Huh? What does this mean?

You did a good job figuring it out. It appears the cord itself is not "shortened or thinned" but more likely curved a little, or compressed a little. The CSF is the area where the fluid is Cerebral...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-15-2010, 07:21 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 15,902
Posted By PNo
Re: Please help me read parts of my MRI & direct me on what I need to do

You are lucky feelbad was feeling good this week and able to contribute so much! She has helped me over the years so much. I find of felt maybe on the feet it might have to do with the accident...
Board: Back Problems 03-13-2010, 10:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,502
Posted By PNo
Re: T3,4,5 unrelieving pain- what to do next???

Have you had a previous thoracic MRI and that is why you said these T levels? This location of pain can be coming from your neck. Have you had any arm symptoms?
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-13-2010, 10:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,468
Posted By PNo
Re: neck pain

Degenerative changes are usually things like the discs are drying/shrinking and arthritis (bone spur or ridge) formation. You can't really evaluate the discs, tissues and nerves with an xray - so...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-13-2010, 10:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,220
Posted By PNo
Re: curious

I can see you must be pretty sore and worried. I hope you have been seen by a good doctor and have follow up appointments.

Are you seeing a specialist? Retropharyngeal air is trauma to the...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-13-2010, 10:02 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,049
Posted By PNo
Re: can you answer my?

Have you had a laminectomy for cervical surgery before? Or minimally invasive clean up? Have you had more than one surgery? The arthritis/bone spurs have grown back in the canal where your nerve...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-12-2010, 09:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,226
Posted By PNo
Re: New here:could c-spine mri explain pain lvl?

Hello - it is possible your spine problems are causing the pain and migraines, is the pain you have down your arms or in your neck? C3 is known to contribute to headaches. There is quite a...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-11-2010, 03:41 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 15,902
Posted By PNo
Re: Please help me read parts of my MRI & direct me on what I need to do

Hello - I sense your frustration, but here is what I would do based on my own experience. First, you are in pain - so that means to me your body is telling you to slow down - there is nothing wrong...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-09-2010, 01:55 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 15,902
Posted By PNo
I personally would not go to PT until I saw the...

I personally would not go to PT until I saw the neuro. The PT is motivated to get you in there to have a patient to treat but your MRI has not been reviewed by the specialist to even say they want...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-07-2010, 09:44 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 15,902
Posted By PNo
Re: Please help me read parts of my MRI & direct me on what I need to do

Very good advice. I defintely wouldn't really proceed without direction from the neurologist. Continue to do the things you are doing. Another MRI isn't going to help at this point until you see...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-06-2010, 09:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,350
Posted By PNo
Re: Anterior Discectomy - lost voice

Hello - sorry about your voice. There was a person on here a couple years ago who lost her voice and had some issues. All of us have some minor problems after surgery, but some people do get it...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-06-2010, 09:31 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 15,902
Posted By PNo
Re: Please help me read parts of my MRI & direct me on what I need to do

Hi! Three weeks isn't that long, sometimes people wait for 2 months so consider yourself lucky! I saw your post in the other thread to so I am going to combine my answer. So sorry you had an...
Board: Back Problems 03-02-2010, 10:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,626
Posted By PNo
Re: Doctor's won't listen!

Hi - I know this pain - I have it. I think you need to stop asking for pain medications first (that always puts their radar up), and switch to demanding what treatment are you going to do for me. ...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-02-2010, 10:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,016
Posted By PNo
Re: In need of some answers

Hello - you both sound like you are doing well. You should have very light activity for the first 2-4 weeks after your type surgery. Listen to your body it will send you signals that you are doing...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-02-2010, 10:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,837
Posted By PNo
Re: short term ACDF pain.

Maybe it was just me but I never got comfortable in my bed until the collar came off. I tried - just not enough pillows to make that work for me. There are people who said they used a wedge pillow...
Board: Back Problems 02-27-2010, 05:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,594
Posted By PNo
Re: Such Pain has Returned with a Vengeance

Hello - sorry you are down again. I have blown L5/S1 and what you describe does fit it perfectly. It is likely you have a bulged or herniated disc. If you have not had an MRI you doctor most...
Board: Back Problems 02-27-2010, 04:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 4,281
Posted By PNo
Re: Post Op Fluid/Incision

Hi - Sometimes when we have surgery excess fluid (seroma) collects under the skin and in the tissues. This may feel like a fluid filled ball and look swollen. Watch for signs of redness, warmth,...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-23-2010, 12:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,196
Posted By PNo
Re: Results of MRI resulting from auto accident

HNP - herniated nucleus pulposus.
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-23-2010, 12:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,995
Posted By PNo
Re: MRI results - please help!!!!

It is not a simple answer. Yes I have had the same type problems and it has been a long 5 1/2 year road for me. After my first surgery I was 100% fine and back to work in a hectic schedule. Not...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-22-2010, 09:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,196
Posted By PNo
Re: Results of MRI resulting from auto accident

Hello - I am curious how long ago was your auto accident? Some of this stuff is not from a recent accident. It is a very curious way your MRI report has been written with the word "possible" in...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-22-2010, 08:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,969
Posted By PNo
Re: Hello, back after 7 years

I hope you had some good times in those 7 years since your surgery - it looks like the degeneration kept going in your spine and also the pressue of the fusion might have made the other levels in...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-22-2010, 07:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,965
Posted By PNo
Re: need alittle help with thoughts..

Hello - There are people who do live with these kind of findings and do not ever do surgery. It really comes down to two things - 1) how you function with your symptoms, and 2) if your surgeron says...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-20-2010, 11:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 8,074
Posted By PNo
Re: Need Advice on Artificial Disc Replacement,, Do I or Dont I?

newbackguy - I am curious if you insurance company has agreed to pay for this multiple application?
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-19-2010, 06:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 942
Posted By PNo
Re: New here..

Hello and welcome! I hope you have a good recovery. From what I have been told by my neurosurgeon they are relunctant in most patients to use the dynamic plates because of the propensity towards...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-19-2010, 05:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,723
Posted By PNo
Re: Transverse myelitis

Dear Wilc516 at least you have some answers! They may not be want you wanted to hear, but MS treatments have advanced so far in the last 10 years. I wish you good response to your treatments!

In...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-19-2010, 05:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,530
Posted By PNo
Re: Titanium Plates, allergic reaction?

what you describe sounds like for a example a topical allergy, like maybe from the tape that was used during your surgery to tape down the oxygen and tubation.
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-19-2010, 05:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,995
Posted By PNo
Re: MRI results - please help!!!!

Well I thought about it a couple days. I have not had cerebellar tonsillar herniation so I don't really know much about it, other than what I have read, possibly it receded back and didn't show on...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-18-2010, 09:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 946
Posted By PNo
Re: X-Ray results query

Hi hope your shoulder improves - I did notice the xray information and wanted to comment that it is common in the acdf surgeries for the surgeons to scrape/rough up the endplates for the graft can...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-18-2010, 09:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,334
Posted By PNo
Re: MRI Findings

I don't know statistically how many people have multiple surgeries, but there are a number of us on here. They would call it a revision for you and would most likely pull out the old hardware, ...
Board: Back Problems 02-16-2010, 11:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,584
Posted By PNo
Re: Someone please diagnose this sciatica for me. Please!!!

Hello - ouch I know it hurts. I can't stay I just read this as I was leaving, but I will come back. I have a blown L5/S1 and sciatica all the way to my toes on both legs. Everything that I have...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-16-2010, 11:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,995
Posted By PNo
Re: MRI results - please help!!!!

Hello - it looks like this moved down in the forum with no replies - I can't stay now, but will make sure to see if I can answer any questions when I come back in a day. This will bump it higher...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-16-2010, 11:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,334
Posted By PNo
Re: MRI Findings

Hi! I saw this and no replies so I will try before I have to get off the computer. I was wondering if you have forearm pain?

There is a reversal of the cervical lordosis with the apex at C4 to...
Board: Hernia 02-16-2010, 11:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,923
Posted By PNo
Re: recent MRI findings--possible myelitis at site of herniation

Hi Binx, I remember you from before - so sorry you are having these problems. I would do what you are doing and look for a 2nd opinion from an Neurologist MS expert. If you have difficulty finding...
Board: Hernia 02-14-2010, 11:14 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 58,144
Posted By PNo
Re: how long does it take for a large herniated disc (L4/L5) in the back to heal

Jjunda - I just came back and saw your status - excellent! I kind of figured you would get better - when you said you are able to get by with just ibuprofen, I thought you are probably going to get...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-11-2010, 08:46 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,277
Posted By PNo
Re: cervical problems

Hi - I know it seems like mumbo jumbo but actually it is easy to understand.
In our neck (cervical) the vertebrae are numbered C1,2,3,4,.. you have a disc bulge at level C4-5. Our discs that...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-10-2010, 04:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,365
Posted By PNo
Re: 4 days post acdf c5/6 6/7

Please be careful if you go outside! There are a number of people around here who had surgery and then took a fall on ice/snow and it slowed them down.

It is pretty common to feel those spasms...
Board: Hernia 02-10-2010, 03:58 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 58,144
Posted By PNo
Re: how long does it take for a large herniated disc (L4/L5) in the back to heal

Hello - if you have a low level medication like NSAID working and it controls your pain - and all other things look good, don't do the surgery. There are studies that show about 5 years out that...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-05-2010, 06:07 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 126,195
Posted By PNo
Re: 5 level cervical laminectomy & fusion, anybody?

You don't need to go reading my old posts I can pretty much summarize it pretty simply here - I type faster than it will take you to go read. Artifical replacement isn't for me, I have too many...
Board: Back Problems 02-04-2010, 10:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,256
Posted By PNo
Re: This is very hard to talk about......

Hello mykinzie10, do not be embarrased - this is the place where we all help each other and this problem is well known. I do not want to scare you but this is not a problem that they take lightly -...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-04-2010, 10:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,132
Posted By PNo
Re: cervical non union

I am sorry you did not fuse - it does happen in some people. I thought I would include a little info for you so you can try to formulate some questions for your doctor.

The nonunion is...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-04-2010, 10:05 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 126,195
Posted By PNo
Re: 5 level cervical laminectomy & fusion, anybody?

That is a great place for a 3rd opinion! I am wondering if you might consider discussing this next item with the surgeon on adding that T1.

I feel my thoracic problems came on after my cervical...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-04-2010, 02:14 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 126,195
Posted By PNo
Re: 5 level cervical laminectomy & fusion, anybody?

Hello - there are people around here who have had this many levels, mostly not done all at once, the people I know about had fusions over many different surgeries. There are lots here with multiple...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-02-2010, 06:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,212
Posted By PNo
Re: Range of motion after ACDF

I am fused C4-7 and I don't really notice much loss at all.
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-02-2010, 06:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,854
Posted By PNo
Re: MRI results

Hello - sorry I wasn't ignoring you, I would out of town for a few days and computer time was pretty limited. I am glad you are seeing someone because I feel you might have a compression on nerve or...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-29-2010, 12:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,854
Posted By PNo
Re: MRI results

Sorry we cannot post images on this site. Although I am pretty experienced at it, I wouldn't be comfortable reading your MRI anyway - I am not a radiologist. I am not great at looking at the...
Board: Back Problems 01-28-2010, 10:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,381
Posted By PNo
Re: thecal sac reduction, hemangioma t7-t8

Hello - I normally am over on the spinal board because my cervical was my overwhelming problem and where I have done all my surgeries, but I also have lots of thoraic and lumbar issues. My L5/S1 is...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-28-2010, 09:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 748
Posted By PNo
Re: Had my follow up appt.with surgeon today.

Good to hear - sounds like you are making some progress! Take care in the ice and snow, thanks for the update. NP
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