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Board: Back Problems 02-09-2016, 10:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 261
Posted By teteri66
Re: Spondylolisthesis Grade 2/3

Well, everything is relevant, isn't it? When I had the first surgery I couldn't stand long enough to chop an onion and I was driving down my driveway to the mailbox to collect my mail because it was...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-09-2016, 06:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 346
Posted By teteri66
Re: Mri in english

Let us know what you learn at your appointment.
Board: Back Problems 02-09-2016, 06:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 261
Posted By teteri66
Re: Spondylolisthesis Grade 2/3

You will be able to walk within hours of awaking from surgery. You would not be allowed to return home until you can take care of your own basic needs -- toileting, dressing, etc. and able to climb...
Board: Back Problems 02-08-2016, 11:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 404
Posted By teteri66
Re: Radio frequency ablation

Don't forget to look into a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon too. Their training is very similar to the neurosurgeon but they sometimes take a slightly different approach to an issue.
Board: Knee & Hip Problems 02-07-2016, 09:41 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 217
Posted By teteri66
Re: Hip/Groin pain, popping, normal X-Ray

It sounds like your joints may be overly loose...and I am thinking you may have some instability in the sacroiliac joints. This can cause issues with muscles and tendons that ends up feeling like...
Board: Arthritis 02-07-2016, 09:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 236
Posted By teteri66
Re: Pain in the neck

I am sorry you had such a traumatic accident. I am wondering if a spine specialist looked at the cervical spine MRI and is managing the treatment? There are spinal issues that could be described as...
Board: Back Problems 02-07-2016, 09:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 261
Posted By teteri66
Re: Spondylolisthesis Grade 2/3

Is your chiropractor aware of your spondylolisthesis and, are you sure it is still Grade 2/3 or might it have worsened? From your description, it sounds like the condition is not stable...which...
Board: Back Problems 02-06-2016, 08:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 186
Posted By teteri66
Re: Lumbar Spinal Fusion

Welcome to the board. This question is impossible to answer from someone who doesn't know your current level of activity, general health, etc. There are so many variables, including exactly what is...
Board: Back Problems 02-05-2016, 06:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 296
Posted By teteri66
Re: help me understand my mri report

The ranking is as follows: minimal, mild, moderate, severe. The words are an evaluation or judgment of the radiologist to give an indication of "how bad" something is. It technically has nothing...
Board: Arthritis 02-04-2016, 07:07 AM
Replies: 1
Rheumatoid Arthritis Radiofrequency (rhizotomy) in neck
Views: 179
Posted By teteri66
Re: Radiofrequency (rhizotomy) in neck

Most literature regarding rhizotomy indicates the results last up to a year, occasionally a little longer. On the back and spinal cord boards the experience seems to be having the procedure repeated...
Board: Back Problems 02-03-2016, 04:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 404
Posted By teteri66
Re: Radio frequency ablation

You aren't too far from The Twin Cities where there are a number of good spine surgeons. Now might be a good time to do some research and make an appointment!
Board: Back Problems 02-02-2016, 08:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 178
Posted By teteri66
Re: New to the Board Hello all! Frustrated Here

Welcome to the board. My suggestion is to try to get your back fixed rather than trying to manage the pain. I suggest going to a new spine surgeon. It is almost unheard of to remove part of the...
Board: Back Problems 02-02-2016, 07:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 230
Posted By teteri66
Re: Leg pain after lumbar fusion

I responded to your other post. Did you see it?
Board: Back Problems 02-02-2016, 03:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 404
Posted By teteri66
Re: Radio frequency ablation

I had similar issues to begin with only my spine in general didn't have as much degeneration as yours shows. I had spondylolisthesis at L4-5 and severe spinal stenosis. I waited to have surgery...
Board: Back Problems 02-02-2016, 11:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 404
Posted By teteri66
Re: Radio frequency ablation

Welcome to the board. An injection may provide a little bit of relief but you have so many degenerative issues going on that I would be surprised if surgery is not required to get you back up on...
Board: Back Problems 02-02-2016, 11:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 221
Posted By teteri66
Re: MRI: L4-L5 bulge, left medial synovial cyst

One more thing...be sure to ask the doctor whether there is a spondylolisthesis. This is a potentially unstable area caused when one vertebra slides over the top of the adjacent vertebra. It is...
Board: Back Problems 02-02-2016, 08:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 243
Posted By teteri66
Re: Bad foot pain post surgery

I'm sorry you are still having so many issues with your spine. I remember you from earlier in the process. Do you have a diagnosis or do they tell you failed back surgery syndrome or similar? If...
Board: Back Problems 02-02-2016, 08:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 221
Posted By teteri66
Re: MRI: L4-L5 bulge, left medial synovial cyst

A variety of conservative treatments will be tried, probably including physical therapy, a series of epidural steroid injections, oral medications, etc. If stenosis continues to worsen or you...
Board: Back Problems 02-02-2016, 07:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 221
Posted By teteri66
Re: MRI: L4-L5 bulge, left medial synovial cyst

Welcome to the board. Your symptoms are coming from a common problem called stenosis, which is a Greek word that means "narrowing." In general, this occurs when something enlarges, becoming too...
Board: Back Problems 02-01-2016, 07:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 388
Posted By teteri66
Re: Posterior Anterior fusion

I imagine the surgeon and nursing staff will decide if you are able to take care of yourself when they discharge you. I really cannot guess how you will be when you go home. I couldn't even say that...
Board: Back Problems 02-01-2016, 05:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 474
Posted By teteri66
Re: Foot nerve pain after spinal fusion

Go see a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon, too. Sounds like the pain generator has not been located.
Board: Back Problems 02-01-2016, 05:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 184
Posted By teteri66
Re: Nerve pain 5 weeks post of L4-S1 Fusion

Welcome to the board. Sounds like you did pretty much everything guaranteed to aggravate the sciatic nerve post fusion. You may have tissue surrounding the nerve that is inflamed and pushing into...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-01-2016, 06:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 346
Posted By teteri66
Re: Mri in english

Myelomalacia needs to be closely monitored, at least until it is determined how quickly it is progressing. I know someone who was diagnosed years ago and still has not required surgery so it isn't...
Board: Back Problems 02-01-2016, 06:46 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 200
Posted By teteri66
Re: Do Chiropractic side effects appear immediately?

Welcome to the board. I don't think you have reason to be worrying. I will state right off the bat that I am not a big fan of chiropractic. The real danger is when someone has an undiagnosed...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-31-2016, 11:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 346
Posted By teteri66
Re: Mri in english

Welcome to the board. I will try to give you some basic info and point out a few things that you may want to do further reading on prior to seeing the neurosurgeon. I would also suggest you make a...
Board: Back Problems 01-31-2016, 10:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 244
Posted By teteri66
Re: Orthopaedic Surgeon vs Neurosurgeon; Posterior entry vs Anterior entry

I really have never understood the education, training and labeling of doctors in the UK, or even if England and Australian have the same "system." In the US, especially among spine surgeons trained...
Board: Back Problems 01-31-2016, 09:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 392
Posted By teteri66
Re: Hip socket pain and buttocks post spinal fusion ALIF surgery

Sorry about the delay in writing....life interfered for awhile! As I was saying, it is common to have issues like yours post surgery especially when L5-S1 is fused. Due to anatomical structure, the...
Board: Back Problems 01-30-2016, 03:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 392
Posted By teteri66
Re: Hip socket pain and buttocks post spinal fusion ALIF surgery

Do not allow anyone to talk you into a neurotransmitter unless and until you have explored all your options pertaining to resolving the issues from surgery. At the very least you would want a new...
Board: Back Problems 01-30-2016, 03:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 392
Posted By teteri66
Re: Hip socket pain and buttocks post spinal fusion ALIF surgery

Do not allow anyone to talk you into a neurotransmitter unless and until you have explored all your options pertaining to resolving the issues from surgery. At the very least you would want a new...
Board: Back Problems 01-30-2016, 09:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 404
Posted By teteri66
Re: Radio frequency ablation

I'm sorry but I couldn't say how the PM might respond. Since you have already had cervical fusion surgery and since it seems logical that this is most likely "adjacent segment" disease...sometimes...
Board: Back Problems 01-30-2016, 07:55 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 217
Posted By teteri66
Re: hernitated disc

Did you see an orthopedic spine surgeon or a general orthopedic doctor? Did you go through a course of physical therapy? An epidural spinal injection would usually be the next step. It helps to...
Board: Back Problems 01-29-2016, 08:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 388
Posted By teteri66
Re: Posterior Anterior fusion

It is very common to have a vascular surgeon standing by for the anterior part of the fusion. Regarding rehab, I imagine he is just mentioning it so that you are not surprised IF you would need more...
Board: Back Problems 01-29-2016, 08:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 388
Posted By teteri66
Re: Posterior Anterior fusion

Do you have anyone to help you when you first get home?
Board: Back Problems 01-29-2016, 08:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 404
Posted By teteri66
Re: Radio frequency ablation

I would definitely see a spine surgeon for an accurate diagnosis and plan of treatment. A nerve block is usually given before a nerve ablation, and you are correct. If the block makes no...
Board: Back Problems 01-29-2016, 07:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 388
Posted By teteri66
Re: Posterior Anterior fusion

I would think you will be able to work on parts of your golf game within three months or so...anything you can do without twisting and bending at the waist. Specifically you want to avoid any...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-29-2016, 07:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 301
Posted By teteri66
Re: How Quickly Does Myelomalacia Progress?

You are correct. Doing nothing is not an option. You do want to get the pressure on the spinal cord relieved as soon as possible. I am happy you have experience with your "options."

Sometimes...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-28-2016, 10:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 301
Posted By teteri66
Re: How Quickly Does Myelomalacia Progress?

And you have examined your options and feel this surgeon is the most qualified, well-trained spine surgeon available to you? I cannot over-emphasize how important the selection of the spine surgeon...
Board: Back Problems 01-28-2016, 10:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 388
Posted By teteri66
Re: Posterior Anterior fusion

I cannot say specifically how long it takes, as there are so many variables. I can tell you that an activity like golf is particularly difficult to return to. Any activity where there is twisting...
Board: Back Problems 01-27-2016, 08:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 388
Posted By teteri66
Re: Posterior Anterior fusion

Oh, one very important thing...I see you are an avid golfer so this is even more important. Do not try in any way to rush recovery. The key to a successful outcome with a lumbar fusion is to err on...
Board: Back Problems 01-27-2016, 08:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 388
Posted By teteri66
Re: Posterior Anterior fusion

Welcome to the board. If you are being fused at L4-5 that is considered a one level fusion. One disc between the L4 and L5 vertebra will be replaced with bone or bone product.

I don't know...
Board: Back Problems 01-27-2016, 07:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 292
Posted By teteri66
Re: Spine disc replacement

You must be sure that the surgeon you go to is experienced in ADR and not just seeking to practice on someone...after taking the training. It can be a very dangerous operation if it doesn't work out...
Board: Back Problems 01-27-2016, 08:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 296
Posted By teteri66
Re: help me understand my mri report

Welcome to the board. As I hope you know, none of us are doctors...just fellow spineys sharing information and experiences. First, let me say that a MRI is one piece of the diagnostic puzzle. The...
Board: Back Problems 01-26-2016, 07:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 175
Posted By teteri66
Re: acdf surgey yes or no

Welcome to the board.

Yes. It is always a good idea to get more than one opinion when contemplating spine surgery. I suggest seeing a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon and a...
Board: Back Problems 01-26-2016, 05:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 292
Posted By teteri66
Re: Spine disc replacement

Disc replacement is not as common in the US as it is in Europe. The FDA has been much more cautious about granting approval for the procedure and still has limits on the number of discs that can be...
Board: Back Problems 01-25-2016, 04:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 315
Posted By teteri66
Re: Microdiscectomy 2 1/2 weeks post-op HELP

I, as an experienced patient, not a medical professional, would tell you that if you are having a flare of sciatic pain, you should not be walking as far as you are now, and certainly not pushing...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-25-2016, 11:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 301
Posted By teteri66
Re: How Quickly Does Myelomalacia Progress?

Welcome to the board. It is unfortunate your husband did not have surgery sooner. Did he not have MRIs done back when they did nerve conduction studies? Damage to the spinal cord should be fairly...
Board: Back Problems 01-25-2016, 08:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 315
Posted By teteri66
Re: Microdiscectomy 2 1/2 weeks post-op HELP

Welcome to the board. Have you done anything...moved in a certain way, lifted something, twisted or bent over...that would make you wonder if the disc has reherniated? I think it is unlikely that it...
Board: Back Problems 01-24-2016, 10:06 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 200
Posted By teteri66
Re: 3.5 Weeks out from C2-7 Laminoplasty

We all hope to be among those who heal and recover quickly, but some people just take longer than others. All procedures are a little different, too so it is impossible to even make a prediction as...
Board: Back Problems 01-21-2016, 09:10 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 309
Posted By teteri66
Re: Please Help!! Post Op from Anterior L5-S1 Back surgery

Two hours ago I saw your post and started to reply. I ran across a website which I think is designed for weight lifters that had really good information on taking care of the spine, stretching hip...
Board: Back Problems 01-21-2016, 06:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 210
Posted By teteri66
Re: foraminal disc osteophyte defect

I wouldn't know but it certainly didn't help. Any time there is a high impact crash, the "victim"of the impact often develops arthritis sooner than she normally might. And I would think it caused a...
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