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Board: Neuropathy 09-04-2015, 09:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 265
Posted By teteri66
Re: New here dealing with PN

I see you are in Canada. Is there a type of pain management clinic or any other way to get your medication?

PN would be difficult to treat without the use of prescription medications.
Board: Brain & Nervous System Disorders 09-04-2015, 06:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 355
Posted By teteri66
Re: Don't understand my ct results/condition that I have

The pituitary gland is very important to the functioning of a healthy body. It is sometimes called the "master" gland. It basically controls all the hormones that various other glands produce. ...
Board: Back Problems 09-04-2015, 06:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 158
Posted By teteri66
Re: Electric simulation prior to therapist

I missed your wondering "is it required?" The answer is no. There are other ways to "warm up" the soft tissue and, depending on what the therapist will be doing, sometimes that is not even...
Board: Back Problems 09-03-2015, 07:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 158
Posted By teteri66
Lightbulb Re: Electric simulation prior to therapist

There are four types of e-stim that are used by physical therapists. The two used most commonly for back patients are to hopefully alleviate or block pain signals, and another type affects...
Board: Back Problems 09-02-2015, 07:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 177
Posted By teteri66
Re: Back pain advice

Welcome to the board. For the Americans reading this, please explain what is a "checkout?" Is this three hours of sitting in a vehicle or in a store where you could get up every so often and move...
Board: Back Problems 09-01-2015, 10:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 188
Posted By teteri66
Re: Gluten Allergy or Spine?

Your symptoms are baffling. What you describe sounds like it could be a cervical disc issue or something similar. Did you get a report with the cervical MRI? If so, you might want to copy it here....
Board: Back Problems 08-28-2015, 07:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 263
Posted By teteri66
Re: Dumb question

Sorry, I was just curious. I have eight screws and was fused from L3 to S1, but just from the posterior side! I also have my hardware from my L4-5 fusion and I don't think seven of those whoppers...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 08-28-2015, 09:19 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 190
Posted By teteri66
Re: irregularity of the superior endplate of C5

Welcome to the board. Are you continuing to have neck pain? You may want to explore further testing as the x-ray will only show issues with bone. Since the endplate is one part of a spinal segment...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 08-28-2015, 09:05 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 131
Posted By teteri66
Re: Issues a year and a half after ACDF

I think it is likely that both levels are causing the symptoms you describe. Have you ever looked at a "dermatome map" that is available online? It shows which spinal nerve innervates which area of...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 08-28-2015, 08:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 321
Posted By teteri66
Re: What symptoms tell you it's time for c-spine stenosis surgery?

Welcome to the board. How long one should wait before agreeing to surgery is a difficult question. While surgery should be the last resort, after conservative treatments have been tried and have...
Board: Back Problems 08-28-2015, 08:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 263
Posted By teteri66
Re: Dumb question

I really cannot envision 7 screws for a one segment fusion. Where are they all placed?
Board: Back Problems 08-27-2015, 08:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 263
Posted By teteri66
Re: Dumb question

Do you have any reason to believe you do not have a complete fusion? I have never heard of adding more screws. If a revision is done, it is usually necessary to do more than add screws. There is...
Board: Arthritis 08-27-2015, 06:47 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 219
Posted By teteri66
Re: What is embrel?

Enbrel is what I think of as a big time drug. It is a biological, meaning it is made from living things like cells. It suppresses the immune system so makes the body's defenses lower, and more...
Board: Back Problems 08-27-2015, 06:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 263
Posted By teteri66
Re: Dumb question

It is my understanding that most surgeons do not try to pull the spine back into perfect alignment, whether it is a spondylolisthesis, flat back syndrome, a bit of scoliosis, etc. I think it is just...
Board: Neurology 08-26-2015, 12:06 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 165
Posted By teteri66
Re: Help with MRI results

Simply put, you have degenerative disc disease (DDD) in both the cervical and lumbar spine. DDD is a misnomer as it is not really a "disease" but a collection of symptoms that cause back and neck...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 08-25-2015, 06:22 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 134
Posted By teteri66
Re: Arifical Disc Replacment, Cervical

I would caution you to do your homework! Get several opinions, from both a neurosurgeon and an orthopedic spine surgeon, before reaching a decision. On the surface ADR makes sense and seems to be a...
Board: Orthopedic 08-24-2015, 03:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 200
Posted By teteri66
Re: dummy down mri result

The MRI is one piece of the diagnostic puzzle. The spine surgeon will perform an exam, a basic neurological exam and will listen to a description of your symptoms and their impact on your daily...
Board: Orthopedic 08-24-2015, 12:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 200
Posted By teteri66
Re: dummy down mri result

Welcome to the board. I usually post on the back problems or spinal cord disorder boards as they primarily deal with spinal issues, but I happened to notice your post.

Are you having pain and or...
Board: Back Problems 08-23-2015, 08:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 570
Posted By teteri66
Re: Could this be a pinched nerve or a lower back strain?

If a nerve is compressed or irritated, it will remain that way until whatever is causing the issue resolves (as in swelling) or goes away or is removed ( naturally or through surgery).
Board: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 08-21-2015, 07:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 184
Posted By teteri66
Re: Cervical Disc Bulg and Carpal Tunnel

I would agree that the cervical disc issues are causing nerve compression or possibly impacting the spinal cord which is the primary source of the numbness and pain in your hands and wrists. If so,...
Board: Back Problems 08-20-2015, 08:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 195
Posted By teteri66
Re: Floatation therapy?

With all those issues, you might want to be evaluated by a spine specialist. A PCP cannot help you.

The hot tub may make you feel better temporarily, but it will not help to decompress the spinal...
Board: Arthritis 08-19-2015, 06:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 338
Posted By teteri66
Re: Severe Facet Arthritis Lower Back

Usually there are other issues that go along with facet arthritis, such as stenosis or a herniated disc, etc. With severe facet joint disease the joint itself enlarges. This may put pressure on an...
Board: Back Problems 08-19-2015, 06:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 570
Posted By teteri66
Re: Could this be a pinched nerve or a lower back strain?

When a nerve is compressed, it is due to something pushing into it, taking up space that the nerve needs to function normally, like foraminal stenosis or a disc bulge or herniation, enlarged facet...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 08-18-2015, 05:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 180
Posted By teteri66
Re: cervical prevertabral swelling

If you are in pain, chances are you need MRI to see what's going on with the soft tissue, etc. A scan will not show any of this as well as MRI.

Prevertebral swelling after an accident or fall can...
Board: Back Problems 08-18-2015, 05:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 208
Posted By teteri66
Re: Have back pain when i seat for an hour

It is most likely an over- use issue caused by sitting too long with your arms extended, and with your neck or head bent a bit forward. Be sure your computer and desk are set up ergonomically and...
Board: Back Problems 08-18-2015, 04:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 403
Posted By teteri66
Re: Lumbar fusion now sacroiliac joint pain

What did you learn at your appointment today?

What do you do about the discrepancy in the length of your legs? That is enough to cause spinal abnormalities, through off your gait and cause the...
Board: Back Problems 08-17-2015, 07:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 403
Posted By teteri66
Re: Lumbar fusion now sacroiliac joint pain

Mike~. I would suggest you have an evaluation by one or more spine surgeons, if you have not done so recently. It may be that your adjacent segment at L5-S1 has deteriorated further and you may need...
Board: Back Problems 08-17-2015, 09:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 403
Posted By teteri66
Re: Lumbar fusion now sacroiliac joint pain

Hi Keith, I wonder how much you are walking or exercising these days. I remember that early on after the fusion you were doing two miles and mentioned you had some pain.

Second, do you have...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 08-16-2015, 08:09 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 225
Posted By teteri66
Re: New Surgery Neurosurgeon talking about Dtrax?

There is a lot to address in your post. First, I do not understand why the pseudoarthrosis was not addressed. There must be a little instability at that segment which often results in pain...and...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 08-16-2015, 06:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 180
Posted By teteri66
Re: cervical prevertabral swelling

You may have had a whiplash injury, which is a common cause of prevertebral swelling. I would think, with degenerative disc disease in the thoracic spine, the symptoms you mention, etc., it would...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 08-13-2015, 09:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 215
Posted By teteri66
Re: mri help??

Welcome to the board. I am sorry you are in pain and are having trouble getting in to see a spine specialist. First thing to know is that spinal symptoms develop at the level of injury or below. ...
Board: Back Problems 08-12-2015, 06:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 235
Posted By teteri66
Re: Pulled Back Out Twice at 21 Yrs

Have you had a flexion/extension x-ray? This will check for spondylolisthesis which is when one vertebra slips over the top of the adjoining vertebra. It can cause an instability at the segment...
Board: Back Problems 08-11-2015, 04:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 235
Posted By teteri66
Re: Pulled Back Out Twice at 21 Yrs

Welcome to the board. What do you mean by "pulled out" your back?

Were you involved in an activity where your back was in extension while you were growing up? Gymnastics, diving, etc?
Board: Back Problems 08-09-2015, 09:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 279
Posted By teteri66
Re: Synovial cyst resection

Can you postpone the surgery or the trip?
Board: Back Problems 08-09-2015, 09:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 272
Posted By teteri66
Re: Infection at triple lumbar fusion

Ten days is very early in recovery. For the first twelve weeks, the main point of walking is to gently stretch out the spinal nerves. This is extremely important because it helps to prevent scar...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 08-09-2015, 09:26 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 201
Posted By teteri66
Re: Recent ACF - Please help

I have never heard of a reaction as severe as this sounds. It would seem you need to be having a doctor following this situation carefully. With open sores so close to the surgical site, I should...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 08-09-2015, 09:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 373
Posted By teteri66
Re: help

Good luck to you. I guess you have decided on the disc replacement without further consideration.

You may find that the leg pain is coming from irritation or compression of the S1 spinal nerve,...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 08-09-2015, 08:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 288
Posted By teteri66
Re: Still in pain after three injections

It is a good idea not to rush into surgery. On the other hand, one can also wait too long. As a general rule, the longer a nerve is compressed the greater is the chance of suffering permanent nerve...
Board: Back Problems 08-09-2015, 09:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 272
Posted By teteri66
Re: Infection at triple lumbar fusion

Perhaps a drain has to be inserted at the time of surgery. I don't know.

How are you doing otherwise? Remember to take short, frequent walks and to avoid sitting longer than about fifteen...
Board: Back Problems 08-08-2015, 08:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 288
Posted By teteri66
Re: Back pain

Icing is good for pain relief any time. The 48 hour "rule" doesn't apply for this purpose. The key is that you have to use it multiple times. I used to just try it once and then would conclude it...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 08-08-2015, 01:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 648
Posted By teteri66
Re: Rant - Heard from neurologist

Sometimes people think a neurologist is the place to begin when confronted with an issue of the spine, but you have to keep in mind that the neurology specialty concentrates on diseases of the...
Board: Back Problems 08-08-2015, 01:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 288
Posted By teteri66
Re: Back pain

If you strained a muscle or pulled a ligament, it can take quite awhile to heal. Have you tried icing the area?
Board: Back Problems 08-08-2015, 01:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 272
Posted By teteri66
Re: Infection at triple lumbar fusion

Welcome to the board. I couldn't tell from the first post if the doctor drained it or just told you to watch it. Please clarify.

All you can do is keep the incision clean. Wash hands before and...
Board: Back Problems 08-07-2015, 08:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 360
Posted By teteri66
Re: Spinal cord stimulator (SCS): worth it or not?

A wise person will evaluate all proposals very carefully before reaching a decision to proceed. Even though pain is horrendous, it is not a medical emergency. You have plenty of time to make your...
Board: Back Problems 08-07-2015, 02:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 393
Posted By teteri66
Re: Upper thoracic spine and left shoulder

It isn't clear to me if you have consulted with a spine specialist? This could be either a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine or neurosurgeon. Just be sure the practice is limited to the neck and...
Board: Back Problems 08-07-2015, 11:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 360
Posted By teteri66
Re: Spinal cord stimulator (SCS): worth it or not?

Yes, I do understand. The reason most doctors will not operate is because it is ineffective. Scar tissue is a natural part of any healing. The trick is to keep it from attaching to a nerve or...
Board: Back Problems 08-07-2015, 09:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 360
Posted By teteri66
Re: Spinal cord stimulator (SCS): worth it or not?

I was told there was probably scar tissue that was pressing on a nerve and that I needed to realize that this might be "as good as it is going to be...." So, off I went exploring my options. The...
Board: Back Problems 08-07-2015, 08:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 360
Posted By teteri66
Re: Spinal cord stimulator (SCS): worth it or not?

You will not know the answer to this until you try it. However, I tend to agree that a neurostimulator should be considered when all other options have been tried and have failed.

I have so many...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 08-07-2015, 08:19 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 648
Posted By teteri66
Board: Back Problems 08-07-2015, 08:09 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 241
Posted By teteri66
Re: Kyphosis? Dowagers hump? What is it?

Chances are good that it is a postural issue, as you suggested. If I am understanding your description, a kyphosis is located a bit lower in the thoracic spine and is more common in older females. ...
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