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Board: Back Problems 07-30-2015, 05:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 200
Posted By teteri66
Re: Foot Pain After Microdiscectomy L5-S1

Capsdad, I just wondered if you had seen anyone at Jefferson/Rothman Institute?

It is pretty standard thought that if a nerve has been compressed and/or damaged for as long as three...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-30-2015, 10:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 124
Posted By teteri66
Re: help

I'm traveling and I needed to quickly look at a map for my husband! But It was a good stopping point as I was pretty much finished with the cervical report.

The lumbar report does not indicate...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-30-2015, 10:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 124
Posted By teteri66
Re: help

Welcome to the board. Yes, you do need some help in the way of an accurate diagnosis and plan of treatment. Do you have an appointment with a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine or neuro surgeon? ...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-29-2015, 03:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 161
Posted By teteri66
Re: Degenerative disc disease

Truck drivers as an occupation have one of the highest rates of DDD. Have you changed occupations?

I am not familiar with Orthopaedic Choices clinic. Are you in the UK?
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-29-2015, 12:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 215
Posted By teteri66
Re: Rant - Heard from neurologist

I have seen them at one of the big box stores and some drug stores. Also you can find them online.

I can give you another tip that is the most valuable thing I have to offer. You may have seen...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-29-2015, 08:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 215
Posted By teteri66
Re: Rant - Heard from neurologist

You want to avoid bending and twisting as much as possible. Buy a "grabber" if you do not already have one. You can use it for most things that would require bending.

Sitting puts over 30%...
Board: Neuropathy 07-29-2015, 08:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 161
Posted By teteri66
Re: New to peripheral neuropathy

Has your husband ever had any back or neck problems? I was diagnosed with PN in 2001. It was not until 2008 when I had a lumbar fusion surgery that I discovered that my "PN" symptoms were actually...
Board: Arthritis 07-29-2015, 08:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 196
Posted By teteri66
Re: Arthritis in my back and meds don't work anymore.

Oh...this type of arthritis is different from what I was referring to. It is a progressive disease that causes inflammation of the joints. It should be followed regularly as you want to try to slow...
Board: Back Problems 07-29-2015, 07:49 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 169
Posted By teteri66
Re: Back pain and mri results

I don't know why you needed lumbar surgery years ago, but I imagine it was for similar issues that you have going on now.

In general, in both the thoracic, and to a lesser extent, in the cervical...
Board: Back Problems 07-29-2015, 07:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 194
Posted By teteri66
Re: Could this be a pinched nerve or a lower back strain?

Sorry. I didn't see your question. I have found that a muscle strain or pull can take a long time to heal. This is particularly true because the back is constantly in movement with anything we do....
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-28-2015, 07:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 215
Posted By teteri66
Re: Rant - Heard from neurologist

I think it is probably wise to skip PT until you have a better understanding of the cervical issues. Unless the PT is very experienced with orthopedic cases, he/she could do more harm than good....
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-28-2015, 04:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 215
Posted By teteri66
Re: Rant - Heard from neurologist

What did the chiro have to say?
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-28-2015, 05:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 130
Posted By teteri66
Re: Brachial plexus?

OK. I reread that thread and see the background information. Did the thoracic MRI reveal anything? I would think it would show the condition of the brachial plexus nerves.
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-27-2015, 06:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 161
Posted By teteri66
Re: Degenerative disc disease

You will not know the condition of the. discs, nerves and other soft tissue until you have a MRI. X-ray will only show the condition of the bones of the spine and whether the disc space is...
Board: Back Problems 07-27-2015, 06:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 122
Posted By teteri66
Re: laminectomy & fusion

When is the surgery? Do you know what type of fusion you are having and what type of bone graft will be used. This may make a small difference in the amount of time needed for recovery.

Just...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-27-2015, 02:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 215
Posted By teteri66
Re: Rant - Heard from neurologist

I am ranting, too! What is the cause of your poly neuropathy? It could be caused by your spinal issues and the severe stenosis.
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-27-2015, 02:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 215
Posted By teteri66
Re: Rant - Heard from neurologist

Well....unless the neurosurgeon's nurse or whatever she is, was looking at the films and they are totally different from the radiology report, she doesn't know what she is talking about.

I don't...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-27-2015, 06:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 130
Posted By teteri66
Re: Brachial plexus?

What symptoms are you having? Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of brachial plexus injuries. I would suggest you get in to see a specialist who has experience with this type of...
Board: Back Problems 07-26-2015, 08:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 155
Posted By teteri66
Re: Herniated disc

Welcome to the board. It sounds like you may have herniated the disc again. Keep trying to get in touch with your doctor. I would think he will want a MRI to see what is going on.

Try icing for...
Board: Open to All Other Health Topics 07-26-2015, 11:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 158
Posted By teteri66
Re: Concerned about CT radiation

Hello Heather, Do not waste energy feeling anxious over this. What's done is done and there is no point in worrying about what cannot be undone.

However, you will want to keep this topic in mind...
Board: Back Problems 07-26-2015, 10:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 457
Posted By teteri66
Re: Help post op 3 weeks still can't keep food down

Please let us know what you find out. Yours is an unusual problem!
Board: Arthritis 07-26-2015, 09:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 196
Posted By teteri66
Re: Arthritis in my back and meds don't work anymore.

I usually post on the "Back Problems" board, but happened to see your post and wanted to respond. I wondered what are your symptoms? There are issues of the spine that cause a great deal of pain...
Board: Back Problems 07-25-2015, 05:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 194
Posted By teteri66
Re: Could this be a pinched nerve or a lower back strain?

Hard to say what specifically is pulled or strained, most likely a soft tissue pull of some sort. Use a cold gel pack or ice over the top of where your back hurts, 15-20 minutes per hour, being...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-25-2015, 06:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 218
Posted By teteri66
Re: Cervical pain need MRI explained

Sometimes two vertebrae just spontaneously fuse together over the years without any other underlying condition being present, and sometimes without the person being aware it was happening. My spinal...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-25-2015, 06:36 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 425
Posted By teteri66
Re: New here - Confused about MRI

ChuckStr has cervical issues with some cord compression that he lives with and "watches" so his comments are always very helpful.

If you think of specific questions, be sure to ask. Please let...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-24-2015, 09:48 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 425
Posted By teteri66
Re: New here - Confused about MRI

The way I see it is that you have cord compression in a couple areas and the other discs' issues indicate they are headed in that way. If you trust your neurologist, it may be a good idea to ask his...
Board: Back Problems 07-23-2015, 08:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 262
Posted By teteri66
Re: Nervous L3-4 L4-5 TLIF then Foraminotomy

Welcome to the board. So sorry you had a life-changing accident.

It is quite normal to be nervous before a spinal fusion surgery. When one has additional health problems, it becomes even more...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-23-2015, 05:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 425
Posted By teteri66
Re: New here - Confused about MRI

Continued....

There are two primary spots where spinal nerves can end up compressed or irritated. One is in the central canal. The other is in the foramina. The foraminal openings are located...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-23-2015, 04:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 425
Posted By teteri66
Re: New here - Confused about MRI

The report indicates that there are a number of things wrong in the cervical spine, primarily from C3 to C7. They would all fit under the umbrella of degenerative disc disease. DDD is misnamed as...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-23-2015, 02:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 425
Posted By teteri66
Re: New here - Confused about MRI

I was in the process of writing a long de tailed answer to your questions, but got interrupted by dogs needing food, then husband wanting to eat, etc. In the interim I managed to lose the post. I...
Board: Back Problems 07-23-2015, 02:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 232
Posted By teteri66
Re: 3 wks post op microdiscectomy l5-s1 nerve pain, scared

I am not sure why you would be having paid on the top of the thigh....for clarification, when you say "top," do you mean the front side or up near where the leg joins the pelvis? If you mean front...
Board: Back Problems 07-22-2015, 07:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 232
Posted By teteri66
Re: 3 wks post op microdiscectomy l5-s1 nerve pain, scared

It is very normal to have some nerve pain post surgery. Sometimes a nerve is touched or has to be moved during surgery. Sometimes there is inflammation that impacts a nerve, etc. I don't know for...
Board: Back Problems 07-22-2015, 07:34 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 224
Posted By teteri66
Re: Muscular Imbalance- QL/Psoas problems

Welcome to the board. Have you had your feet checked for pronation? The feet are the foundation for our posture and structural alignment. For example, when ankles and feet tend to roll toward the...
Board: Back Problems 07-21-2015, 05:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 318
Posted By teteri66
Re: Herniated Discs, Now What?

The doctor may try you on different pain medication while you await surgery. Sometimes medications are not able to take away the pain, particularly if you have a nerve compression. Sometimes you...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-21-2015, 10:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 425
Posted By teteri66
Re: New here - Confused about MRI

Yes, I suspect that in addition to being busy, he needs to figure out what he wants to say to you, how to proceed. I would concur that if you are not in pain, you do not want to risk any spine...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-21-2015, 09:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 194
Posted By teteri66
Re: Is the crick in my neck permanent?

My husband had a similar situation many years ago. He went to bed feeling OK, but when he woke up in the morning, he couldn't get out of bed. Turns out the L5-S1 disc had ruptured. I mention this...
Board: Open to All Other Health Topics 07-21-2015, 06:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 173
Posted By teteri66
Re: Preparing for sweat battle for August vacation

I went online to check out the frog togs as I hadn't heard of it previously, and found a product called BodyGlide anti-chafe balm. It comes in stick form, like a deodorant. Also a similar product...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-20-2015, 07:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 425
Posted By teteri66
Re: New here - Confused about MRI

Did you hear from the doctor today?

You need to avoid any repetitious movement, avoid bending or twisting at the waist, reaching up overhead or to the side. You should avoid lifting anything...
Board: Back Problems 07-20-2015, 10:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 211
Posted By teteri66
Re: 2 Wks Post Op Microdiscectomy l5-s1

Welcome to the board. The important aspect of walking in this early post recovery period is to take frequent, short walks. If you are awake, get up and walk around your house, (but don't go up and...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-20-2015, 06:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 425
Posted By teteri66
Re: New here - Confused about MRI

As you know we are not doctors, just fellow fellow sufferers seeking and sharing information. There is always a possibility that I am wrong...so keep that in mind. I wouldn't want to scare you...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-19-2015, 05:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 425
Posted By teteri66
Re: New here - Confused about MRI

Welcome to the board. My first question to you concerns the poly neuropathy. How was this diagnosed and by whom?

The reason I ask is because your spinal stenosis is sufficiently severe that it...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-19-2015, 04:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 142
Posted By teteri66
Re: Spinal pain and circulation and bruising in the legs

I would suggest making an appointment at a spine clinic at a large university teaching hospital or a multi-specialty clinic that has a spine clinic. It sounds like you need a good specialist to...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-19-2015, 09:49 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 205
Posted By teteri66
Re: One week post L4-L5 and L5-S1 discectomies and so heavy and in pain

Welcome to the board. I didn't see your post until today as I usually hang out on the "Back Problems" section of Healthboards. What has happened with you since you posted this a couple days ago?
...
Board: Back Problems 07-18-2015, 09:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 318
Posted By teteri66
Re: Herniated Discs, Now What?

Welcome to the board. I am sorry you are having to wait so long for treatment. Have you undergone a course of physical therapy to strengthen back and core muscles? As long as you do not have a...
Board: Back Problems 07-17-2015, 10:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 246
Posted By teteri66
Re: help reading mri...

No problem. Hope you feel better soon. Try to avoid lifting anything "heavy" and limit the amount of time you spend sitting. Sitting puts more than 30% more stress on the discs than standing or...
Board: Back Problems 07-17-2015, 06:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 246
Posted By teteri66
Re: help reading mri...

I think you will find that it is the lumbar issues at L5-S1 that is causing most of your symptoms. Basically both reports reveal that there are some degenerative changes going on.

The...
Board: Back Problems 07-16-2015, 08:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 209
Posted By teteri66
Re: misaligned back and hips

Welcome to the board. Back pain is unfortunately very common...something most people suffer from at one time or another. What are your specific symptoms? Do you lift your kids a lot?

I am not a...
Board: Back Problems 07-15-2015, 05:29 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 208
Posted By teteri66
Re: New developments on ongoing back injury

If I were in your situation, I would go to the emergency room, taking your MRI with you, and telling them that when it was taken, months back, it showed some indentation of the spinal cord...and that...
Board: Back Problems 07-15-2015, 08:36 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 222
Posted By teteri66
Re: 7 weeks post op L5-S1 fusion, pain status

I would suggest that you approach physical therapy cautiously. By that, I mean do what the PT asks very slowly and carefully because you do not want to cause yourself more pain. I am not a believer...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-15-2015, 06:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 197
Posted By teteri66
Re: Age of injury revealed by MRI

Welcome to the board. In part, it would depend on the injury. MRI will show soft tissue like discs, ligaments and the spinal cord and nerve roots. When comparing one MRI to a second one, you could...
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