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Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 08-23-2016, 02:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 82
Posted By teteri66
Re: MRI next step, Rheumatologist?

Welcome to the board. I'm not sure why a rheumatologist is suggested. I would suggest a visit to a spine specialist as the cord compression could be responsible for your symptoms. This could be a...
Board: Back Problems 08-23-2016, 01:58 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,651
Posted By teteri66
Re: Grade 1 Spondylolisthesis L4-L5 doctor suggests 2 level fusion

Sorry, I wasn't on the board....in your case I don't know if it is necessary. It seems to me they should know what is the pain generator, and could do a diagnostic nerve block to see if it is mostly...
Board: Back Problems 08-23-2016, 10:25 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,651
Posted By teteri66
Re: Grade 1 Spondylolisthesis L4-L5 doctor suggests 2 level fusion

I will give you a quick response now as you said you have an appointment this afternoon. If I were in your shoes, And having L4-5 fused, I would go ahead and have L5-S1 fused as well. You will not...
Board: Back Problems 08-23-2016, 07:08 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,651
Posted By teteri66
Re: Grade 1 Spondylolisthesis L4-L5 doctor suggests 2 level fusion

I read through this thread again, and a few questions have popped up. Just a few weeks ago I believe you were able to walk without needing a cane or walker. What is the difference? Has the pain...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 08-22-2016, 08:14 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 108
Posted By teteri66
Re: Advanced degenerative disc disease: spinal cord involved?

Welcome to the board. I am happy to hear you will be seeing a neurosurgeon. If surgery is recommended, be sure to get at least one more opinion before proceeding...and it is often a good idea to...
Board: Neuromuscular Diseases 08-21-2016, 01:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 784
Posted By teteri66
Re: I don't know what's wrong with me

What great news! Thanks for taking the time to come back and report your progress!

I would suggest you keep in the back of your mind that there is a potential for some cervical neck problems in...
Board: Back Problems 08-21-2016, 01:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 179
Posted By teteri66
Re: Back pain reason can't be diagnosed, along wd duodenal ulcer, black stool, chest

Welcome to the board. I am sorry you are having so many health problems, but I don't think we can help you on this board. I would guess you are having back pain as a secondary symptom to your...
Board: Sexual Dysfunction Treatment 08-20-2016, 07:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 253
Posted By teteri66
Re: Severe symptoms for 2 years now, don't know what to do next Read more: usero32`s

Sorry you are having all these symptoms, and I really don't know what to suggest other than to see a different neurologist. Has anyone suggested a scan or MRI of the cervical spine?
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 08-20-2016, 07:43 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 178
Posted By teteri66
Re: Does my MRI result support my doctor's diagnosis?

Welcome to the board. I'm sorry I didn't see your post sooner. You are correct to be skeptical. Do you know if your doctor looked at the MRI or is just relying on the radiology report for his...
Board: Back Problems 08-19-2016, 07:33 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 115
Posted By teteri66
Re: MRI Translation Needed

Welcome to the board. Sorry you are having pain again. The MRI radiology report doesn't indicate much going on with the fused segments...."artifact associated with hardware" means that there is...
Board: Open to All Other Health Topics 08-18-2016, 03:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 195
Posted By teteri66
Re: Very high doses of Prednisone for short period of time - side effects?

I agree. I haven't heard of anyone having stomach upset with prednisone. Weight gain, yes, nut that is with longer term use.

You should be fine.
Board: Back Problems 08-18-2016, 03:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 250
Posted By teteri66
Re: Please help!!

Maybe you can talk some doctor into giving you more Lyrica, but if you do, you should have a renal clearing test every so often to be sure you aren't inadvertently damaging your kidneys.

Has the...
Board: Back Problems 08-18-2016, 07:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 250
Posted By teteri66
Re: Please help!!

I'm assuming the LOA is a lysis of adhesion procedure to address scar tissue?

Even though the symptoms of nerve compression you are experiencing are painful, it is not really a medical emergency...
Board: Back Problems 08-17-2016, 05:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 431
Posted By teteri66
Re: update on revision surgery

I was told that the first three months are the most critical when it comes to bone formation. So, no NSAIDs during that time.

I suppose you do not have a back brace....v
Board: Back Problems 08-17-2016, 07:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 229
Posted By teteri66
Re: Can't sleep, upper back muscle strain

If you could train yourself to sleep on your side (with small pillows supporting the natural curves of the spine), it would be best for your over-all spine health. Don't be afraid to use ice or...
Board: Back Problems 08-17-2016, 06:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 294
Posted By teteri66
Re: 2 year left leg pain finally MRI and XRAY with Flexion and Extension

Oops. Well...you will want to be very careful with any activity that involves bending or twisting at the waist. I found I just had to get into the habit of being much more conscious of every...
Board: Arthritis 08-16-2016, 10:50 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 165
Posted By teteri66
Re: side-to-side neck pain

If you are seeing a specialist, you might consider seeing a spine specialist. This could be either a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine or neuro surgeon. From your brief description, it sounds...
Board: Back Problems 08-16-2016, 10:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 294
Posted By teteri66
Re: 2 year left leg pain finally MRI and XRAY with Flexion and Extension

Since I didn't see the MRI and the report doesn't mention if there is a pars defect that caused the spondylolisthesis, what I am about to say may not apply to you...so I mention it just so you are...
Board: Back Problems 08-15-2016, 08:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 294
Posted By teteri66
Re: 2 year left leg pain finally MRI and XRAY with Flexion and Extension

Has the doctor commented on your running? How much do you run per week?
Board: Back Problems 08-15-2016, 07:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 294
Posted By teteri66
Re: 2 year left leg pain finally MRI and XRAY with Flexion and Extension

Welcome to the board. I am surprised you only have pain in the left leg, that it only goes as far as the knee and that you only have a "dull" pain.

Your symptoms are coming from what is called a...
Board: Knee & Hip Problems 08-14-2016, 07:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 209
Posted By teteri66
Re: Upper Thigh pain.

Could be coming from a lower lumbar issue that is developing.
Board: Back Problems 08-13-2016, 08:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 229
Posted By teteri66
Re: Can't sleep, upper back muscle strain

If you sleep on your back, put a pillow under your knees. This will support the natural curves of the spine. You can also roll a towel and place it in the small of your back. You might want to try...
Board: Back Problems 08-13-2016, 08:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 413
Posted By teteri66
Re: New MRI 8/8 Please help decipher

Since you have had two MRIs that have shown almost identical results, I think you can assume that there isn't something major that is causing your pain. This does not mean that the pain is "all in...
Board: Back Problems 08-12-2016, 12:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 160
Posted By teteri66
Re: Back lockup

Welcome to the board. How long ago did these issues start? What are your symptoms?

If you have never had lumbar back issues before, I would assume your new pain is from postural and structural...
Board: Back Problems 08-11-2016, 05:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 413
Posted By teteri66
Re: New MRI 8/8 Please help decipher

Do you have any issues with your feet...pronation, flat feet, etc.?

Is the leg pain running down the back of your leg?

When are you scheduled for the SI injection?
Board: Back Problems 08-11-2016, 08:44 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 413
Posted By teteri66
Re: New MRI 8/8 Please help decipher

Knowing personally how difficult it can be to get treatment when the MRI does not reveal anything that is not an obvious pain generator, I have great sympathy for you and what you are going through....
Board: Back Problems 08-11-2016, 08:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 413
Posted By teteri66
Re: New MRI 8/8 Please help decipher

Have you had a course of physical therapy? Has anyone talked to you about the sacralized vertebra at L5?
Board: Back Problems 08-11-2016, 08:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 413
Posted By teteri66
Re: New MRI 8/8 Please help decipher

I know you said you can't find a position where you are not in pain...but do you get any relief from changing position...like lying down?

The new MRI report doesn't show much additional from the...
Board: Back Problems 08-11-2016, 05:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 413
Posted By teteri66
Re: New MRI 8/8 Please help decipher

Also, where is your pain? Is it more on one side than the other? What symptoms are you currently having?

Was the new MRI done at the same place?
Board: Back Problems 08-11-2016, 05:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 413
Posted By teteri66
Re: New MRI 8/8 Please help decipher

Did you also have a flexion/extension x-Ray to check on the spondylolisthesis?
Board: Knee & Hip Problems 08-10-2016, 12:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 256
Posted By teteri66
Re: Hip Pain

Just saw your post and hope you are still checking in once in awhile.

I am interested to know why you lean to the right when you stand up. This suggests to me that you may have issues with...
Board: Back Problems 08-10-2016, 11:40 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 158
Posted By teteri66
Re: Lumbar C4 C5 misalignment

I'm not sure what is meant by "misalignment." If this is an indication there is a spondylolisthesis, which is when one vertebra slips over the top of the adjacent vertebra (and in a x-Ray looks...
Board: Back Problems 08-09-2016, 07:04 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 213
Posted By teteri66
Re: Servere sciatica after detethering

Welcome to the board. What caused the tethered spinal cord? Was this a congenital tethering? Sometimes symptoms do not become apparent until adulthood.

Have you consulted with your surgeon to...
Board: Back Problems 08-09-2016, 06:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 232
Posted By teteri66
Re: Synovial Cyst - Pain - Please help me

Welcome to the board.

The pain you describe as running down your leg from hip to ankle, would that be on the front side? I assume this did not just suddenly appear overnight? Did the pain...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 08-08-2016, 03:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 228
Posted By teteri66
Re: Help making sense of MRI results?

I think it would depend on what it is...as long as it is not thought to be a malignant tumor, and as long as it isn't putting pressure on the spinal cord, they may just watch it.
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 08-08-2016, 06:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 228
Posted By teteri66
Re: Help making sense of MRI results?

Welcome to the board. The most significant finding is that the lesion located at the right foramina at C3-4 has continued to enlarge.

In addition there are some degenerative changes noted at a...
Board: Scoliosis 08-06-2016, 07:44 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 217
Posted By teteri66
Re: Scoliosis suddenly worse

Welcome to the board. Is there anything you did recently that would or could result in muscle spasm or tightening of soft tissue? It sounds like your structural alignment is being pulled out of...
Board: Back Problems 08-06-2016, 07:15 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 273
Posted By teteri66
Re: Degenerative disc disease & si joint dysfuntion!

Welcome to the board. First, let me disabuse you of the idea that you are too young to have DDD. Unlike other areas of the body, aging in the spine begins in our 20s. It can occur prior to 20 but...
Board: Back Problems 08-05-2016, 02:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 97
Posted By teteri66
Re: Si joint dysfunction post MVA

Tramadol is an opioid analgesic. It is a schedule IV narcotic.
Board: Back Problems 08-05-2016, 07:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 234
Posted By teteri66
Re: right side muscle pain after 4 level fusion

What you have going on is extremely common for a multi level lumbar fusion. It took me about a year to work through mine and that was after I was fully recovered from the surgery and rehab. It...
Board: Back Problems 08-05-2016, 05:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 431
Posted By teteri66
Re: update on revision surgery

There is no incision in the back?
Board: Back Problems 08-04-2016, 06:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 431
Posted By teteri66
Re: update on revision surgery

So you have two incisions?
Board: Back Problems 08-04-2016, 05:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 431
Posted By teteri66
Re: update on revision surgery

You know what I'm going to say...do not sit for so long without getting up and moving around! Stop doing the things that you know lead to pain! And remember to keep taking short frequent walks. ...
Board: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 08-03-2016, 06:26 AM
Replies: 5
Emg
Views: 390
Posted By teteri66
Re: Emg

To be fair, each individual needle electrode may last several seconds but the entire exam can last up to 45 minutes or longer depending on what is being examined. Also, the test is subjective...
Board: Back Problems 07-31-2016, 06:46 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 214
Posted By teteri66
Re: Root tethering on basis of scar

Welcome to the board. I am sorry to hear you are in so much pain after two surgeries. I wondered if your current pain is like what you had prior to surgery? Was there a time after the surgery...
Board: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 07-31-2016, 09:28 AM
Replies: 5
Emg
Views: 390
Posted By teteri66
Re: Emg

Since people perceive pain very differently, it is difficult to say whether you will find it "bad" or not. Most people do not find it too bad. Since I assume they will only be testing for the area...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-31-2016, 09:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 264
Posted By teteri66
Re: MRI result of Cervical Spine

Welcome to the board. Spondylosis is a term used to describe degeneration in the spine. Sometimes people will say it is spinal arthritis. Nothing specific causes it, but it is a common result of...
Board: Back Problems 07-31-2016, 04:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 479
Posted By teteri66
Re: Piriformis pain HELP!!

For the driving, roll a small towel and place it parallel to the thigh (on the outside of your thigh). It will hold your leg straight and keep it from flopping to the side.

I realize you don't...
Board: Arthritis 07-30-2016, 03:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 249
Posted By teteri66
Re: Osteoarthritis in spine - holistic pain management

Welcome to th board. If the spinal arthritis has resulted in stenosis in the foramina or in the central canal, generally caused by osteophytes which can form on the discs, vertebrae and or facet...
Board: Back Problems 07-30-2016, 03:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 479
Posted By teteri66
Re: Piriformis pain HELP!!

Just like PT, massage will help for a short while, but just like a rubber band, if the focal adhesions remain, the tissue will go right back and the symptoms will return.

Try to find a bodywork...
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