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Board: Pain Management 07-02-2011, 02:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,674
Posted By maltluver
Re: Morphine dependence..Slow Withdrawl..

I wouldn't think that her symptoms should be caused by withdrawals; she should be well past that time by now. Stay in touch with her doctor and keep reporting her symptoms.

I was on a much lower...
Board: Pain Management 07-02-2011, 02:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,027
Posted By maltluver
Re: Advice on pain man. doctor

Hi, starlet.


I can only suggest that you keep looking; it's frustrating on so many levels but there really is nothing else to do. There are some doctors who use good, common sense and don't...
Board: Back Problems 07-02-2011, 01:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,082
Posted By maltluver
Re: TLIF.. 2 early to be FBSS?

Hi, and welcome to the board. While it is too early to have a diagnosis of FBSS, I think your doctor should order an MRI to be sure there isn't another issue. At this point, you should be getting...
Board: Back Problems 07-02-2011, 12:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 707
Posted By maltluver
Re: The back pain problem

It is possible that you keep reinjuring weak muscles, but I think further exploration would be a good idea. If your GP doesn't want to order an MRI to try to find out if more is going on, then you...
Board: Back Problems 06-30-2011, 09:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 804
Posted By maltluver
Re: Why am I in agony?

You are absolutely correct to avoid any manipulation of the area. That is possibly the worst thing you could do, at least until you have a definitive diagnosis; even then, spinal manipulation can...
Board: Back Problems 06-30-2011, 09:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,264
Posted By maltluver
Re: Back Problem Again!

Hi Keith. I'm sorry you had to come back because of these problems and I hope you are dealing only with inflammation which could easily be brought on by returning to work. The timing points to that...
Board: Back Problems 06-30-2011, 09:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 679
Posted By maltluver
Re: Concerns about Functional Capacity Exam outcome

Hi, and welcome to the board. I don't have any experience with the w/c system; however, is it possible for you to see a doctor of your own choosing? If so, you would be best served by doing so and by...
Board: Back Problems 06-29-2011, 11:57 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 855
Posted By maltluver
Re: Post ALIF surgery with severe leg pain

Hello, and welcome to the board. I'm glad you have an appt with your surgeon and hope he will have some answers for you. Not knowing why your surgery was necessary, I would find it difficult to make...
Board: Back Problems 06-29-2011, 11:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 834
Posted By maltluver
Re: Bad Back

Hi, and welcome to the board..tho I am sorry it is necessary for you to be here.

I don't know what kind of dr. ordered the MRI; however, if it wasn't a spine specialist, then that should be your...
Board: Back Problems 06-29-2011, 11:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 804
Posted By maltluver
Re: Why am I in agony?

Hi. I'm sorry you are having these problems. However, an x-ray will not pick up issues such as pinched nerves, disc problems, etc. I would suggest seeing your gp and requesting an MRI. You can then...
Board: Back Problems 06-28-2011, 11:38 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 725
Posted By maltluver
Re: 1 year post fusion surgery

At this point, there is no way to give any advise. You'll have to wait for the MRI results to find out what might be going on. Scar tissue can cause pain for sure....don't know why the physio (who...
Board: Back Problems 06-28-2011, 11:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,254
Posted By maltluver
Re: Degenerated Disc at 30 years old

Hi, MMK. I'm glad you have an appointment with a neuro soon. Be sure to find out if he is a spine specialist, tho. You don't want someone who operates or works with other types of problems such as...
Board: Back Problems 06-28-2011, 11:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 739
Posted By maltluver
Re: Help please!!

I just wanted to say that I agree with the other 2 posters; getting a couple more opinions is essential. I would urge you to be sure that the doctors you see are either neurosurgeons and/or...
Board: Back Problems 06-28-2011, 10:33 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,079
Posted By maltluver
Re: Lots of problems, 2 surgeries to choose from

I just wanted to say hi and that I'm sorry you have had no replies to your request for information.

I myself am not at all familiar with surgery on the thoracic area; however, I don't think you...
Board: Arachnoiditis 06-28-2011, 10:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,262
Posted By maltluver
Re: Interthcal pump questions

Frankie, I wonder if you would consider posting your MRI results? I am curious as to what is causing the nerve damage....and feel unable to comment on whether or not the pump can help with your nerve...
Board: Back Problems 06-26-2011, 09:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,684
Posted By maltluver
Re: Help! MRI report results - what does it mean?

Hi. First of all, a GP is not equipped to deal with your problems. You need to see a spine specialist....either a Neuro or an Orthopedic doctor....their practices are limited to the spine only and...
Board: Back Problems 06-26-2011, 09:40 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 535
Posted By maltluver
Re: Sick of it!

Hi. I'm sorry you are having so much trouble finding out what is wrong. First of all, it would be best to avoid chiros at this point. They can actually cause more problems if you have an issue with...
Board: Arachnoiditis 06-25-2011, 04:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,262
Posted By maltluver
Re: Interthcal pump questions

Frankie, truthfully, I am a little bit leery of what this doctor is telling you. Would it be possible to see another pain management specialist? Quite a few subscribe to the "no pain meds", but I can...
Board: Back Problems 06-24-2011, 03:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 10,370
Posted By maltluver
Re: Front of thigh & knee pain

Hi. I'm sorry your wife is having so much trouble. I agree with IB&P that it would be wise to seek the opinion of another doctor. This time, be sure that the dr. is board certified as a spine...
Board: Arachnoiditis 06-24-2011, 03:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,262
Posted By maltluver
Re: Interthcal pump questions

Frankie, I'm more than happy to help with your questions. First of all, most patients on pump therapy DO need some oral medication even if not regularly. If I overdo things or sometimes even just...
Board: Back Problems 06-24-2011, 03:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 469
Posted By maltluver
Re: Maltluver: Welcome Back!

Hi teri! Thanks for the warm reception. No, I haven't really run into more physical problems, but have been experiencing some depression which is better now. Spring is a hard time for me but I'm sure...
Board: Back Problems 06-22-2011, 02:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,676
Posted By maltluver
Re: Translate dictation help

Hi, and welcome to the board. Your MRI is basically negative for any nerve impingement even tho your symptoms are that of pinched nerves. Have you seen an orthopedic spine specialist or a...
Board: Arachnoiditis 06-22-2011, 02:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,262
Posted By maltluver
Re: Interthcal pump questions

Hi Frankie. I haven't posted in a couple of months but just popped in and saw your questions. I hope you are still looking for an answer.

I have had the pump since 2002 and have never had a...
Board: Back Problems 04-27-2011, 09:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,651
Posted By maltluver
Re: Does anyone else feel this way about their pain?

Have you gotten more than one opinion on your condition? Have you had tests such as myelogram/ct scan? If not, then you should seek out the opinions of at least 2 more spine specialists with...
Board: Back Problems 04-27-2011, 09:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,550
Posted By maltluver
Re: Pain worse than before surgery

I'm not sure if this has been addressed, so I'll ask anyway...have you had a new MRI to be sure that all is well? If not, I think you should ask for one as I don't personally believe that you should...
Board: Back Problems 04-26-2011, 03:52 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 11,834
Posted By maltluver
Re: Fellow ALIF patients, can you help me?

It's okay to be scared and it's okay to have a pity party now and then! We spiny's have a lot to deal with and sometimes it can become overwhelming. It's misery to have to think about something a...
Board: Back Problems 04-26-2011, 03:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,051
Posted By maltluver
Re: 3month post ALIF no fusion but take life back as long as comfortable?

I totally agree with the other 2 members....don't push it and give your body the time it needs to heal. Twisting, bending, running, all should still be avoided for another 3 months. I think it is...
Board: Back Problems 04-26-2011, 03:26 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 517
Posted By maltluver
Re: HELP...Scheduled for a Discogram

If I were you, I would get at least one more opinion before having the discogram and since this is a neurosurgeon, seeing an orthopedic spine specialist would perhaps give you some assurance that a...
Board: Back Problems 04-25-2011, 10:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 966
Posted By maltluver
Re: Need MRI Report Translated

Hi, and welcome to the board, tho I am sorry you can't get your MRI findings given to you by the doctor. What kind of dr. ordered the MRI? Are you seeing a spine specialist? That's a dr., either a...
Board: Back Problems 04-25-2011, 09:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,880
Posted By maltluver
Re: Someobody please help!

Hello, and welcome to the board. Up front, I want to say that this is a very difficult post to answer, as the health care system is so different.

I do think that you are right and that there could...
Board: Back Problems 04-23-2011, 10:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,550
Posted By maltluver
Re: Pain worse than before surgery

Hi carolaann. I can "hear" the frustration and fear and am so sorry you are going thru this. However, your surgery was huge, and it's going to take quite some time before you even begin to feel...
Board: Back Problems 04-22-2011, 08:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,041
Posted By maltluver
Re: New here...PM dr referred me to neurosurgeon

Hi, and welcome to the board. I just want to say that tetonteri has given you good advice. I suggest you get at least 3 opinions from fellowship trained neuro's or ortho's who devote their entire...
Board: Back Problems 04-22-2011, 08:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,064
Posted By maltluver
Re: Need acdf

Hi, terri and since I think this is your first post on the back problems board, let me say welcome; I am sorry, tho, that you are having problems and need to get some advise.

First of all, is your...
Board: Back Problems 04-21-2011, 04:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 880
Posted By maltluver
Re: Chiropractic Care

The problem is that x-rays will not show things like bulging discs, so an MRI is usually needed for diagnosis. By no means am I suggesting you should have surgery!!! But if you have back pain, it's...
Board: Back Problems 04-21-2011, 12:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 879
Posted By maltluver
Dentists' chair and back pain

Yesterday I had to have a tooth cut out by an oral surgeon. Whew! I sure hope that never again becomes necessary. While my mouth feels much better today, I have mid back pain when I walk and moderate...
Board: Back Problems 04-21-2011, 11:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 615
Posted By maltluver
Re: Is this sciatica?

Hi gimpyagain, and welcome to the board. I'm sorry you had to seek us out, but hope we can help..

I have had the symptoms you describe. In my case it was caused by narrowing of the foramin (nerve...
Board: Back Problems 04-21-2011, 11:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 880
Posted By maltluver
Re: Chiropractic Care

I so agree with Ibake&pray....please don't see the chiropractor until and unless you have the blessing of a spine specialist....a neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training who limit...
Board: Back Problems 04-17-2011, 01:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,054
Posted By maltluver
Re: numbness in my heel

Hi, mictin. My gosh, you do have a lot going on. I also believe your foot pain is coming from your back problems and that a new MRI is necessary to see what has changed.

It's vitally important...
Board: Back Problems 04-17-2011, 01:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,343
Posted By maltluver
Re: update.. on more pain and numbness after surgery

I do agree with everything tetonteri said and am very interested in hearing what you learn. It's a shame to go thru a big surgery only to find yourself in as much pain as you were prior to the...
Board: Back Problems 04-15-2011, 03:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,859
Posted By maltluver
Re: MRI results

Jenny has given you great information and I can't add to it, but I did want to welcome you to the board.

I would like to suggest that you be sure your doctor is fellowship trained and limits his...
Board: Back Problems 04-15-2011, 03:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,974
Posted By maltluver
Re: Hi new here any advice??

I'm awfully sorry you aren't getting the support you need from your family. It is really hard for folks to understand what this kind of pain is like.

I think it is time for you to see a spine...
Board: Back Problems 04-15-2011, 03:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,542
Posted By maltluver
Re: Another "bulging" disk thread!

I agree that it might be time to see a spine specialist and get an MRI. If this was just minor, it should have gone away....unless you've been involved in strenuous activity. It takes lots of rest...
Board: Back Problems 04-15-2011, 02:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,719
Posted By maltluver
Re: New here - Considering L4-L5 microdiscectomy, need advice

Hi, and welcome to the board. Is the doctor you are seeing a spine specialist? Does he have fellowship training for the spine and does he limit his practice to the back and neck only? If this doesn't...
Board: Back Problems 04-15-2011, 02:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 784
Posted By maltluver
Re: My husband's back

I am not sure what is meant by an "enlightment" of the spine. Has your husband had an MRI or other imaging? I can't imagine why a doctor would tell someone they will be in a wheelchair before having...
Board: Back Problems 04-14-2011, 09:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,091
Posted By maltluver
Re: i think my chiro made things WORSE!

I am glad you are having an MRI tomorrow. Hopefully, it will shed some light on what is happening. As IBake&Pray already stated, you are a prime example of why folks with spine or neck issues should...
Board: Back Problems 04-14-2011, 09:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,040
Posted By maltluver
Re: Very good news!

Thank you all so very much for the kind words and support. I intend to work very hard at my physical therapy as I would just love to be able to walk straight and tall again. As it is, even with the...
Board: Back Problems 04-13-2011, 09:10 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 413
Posted By maltluver
Re: back pain

Hello, and welcome to the board. I'm sorry you are having this problem. I don't know what kind of health care is available in your country, but if it is possible, you should find a spine specialist....
Board: Back Problems 04-13-2011, 09:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,044
Posted By maltluver
Re: Post lumbar fusion 3-4 4-5

Please follow your surgeons advise. It is not advisable to have chiropractice "adjustments" to the spine, especially following surgery as you risk doing considerable damage.

Carol
Board: Back Problems 04-13-2011, 08:56 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,290
Posted By maltluver
Re: post surgery limited motion and stiffness

Hi, vandyman, and welcome to the board. Since you have been pretty active, your back muscles should be fairly strong and this surgery shouldn't cause this much stiffness and pain. Have you called...
Board: Back Problems 04-13-2011, 08:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,040
Posted By maltluver
Very good news!

After my 3 level surgery in Oct., I saw my ortho spine specialist for my 2nd checkup yesterday. My x-rays showed my fusion to be sturdy and my dr. has released me for physical therapy. I'll be going...
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