Originally Posted by jennybyc
Hey Cuppa....who are you seeing in Boston? I see my neurosurgeon June 9th....Eric Woodard at New England Baptist.
From what I can see, depending on how compressed the cord is(it can take a good 50% compression...I was down to 6mm.) you might be a candidate for the new laminoplasty they do. Instead of the old laminectomy they rebuild the back of the vertebra and make an enlarged canal opening so the cord can move away from the osteophyte. But the spine is closed up with bone grafts so the cord is still protected. No fusion is involved.
My PT is the wife of a spine surgeon(and patient) and it makes such a difference when your PT has the knowledge that comes form knowing the spine so well. Now you'll have that kind of knowledge and appreciation for the spine....it will make you a great PT!
PS Have you been tested for crystal formation? I just went through being tested for all forms of it...clear!
Thanks for responding!
No, I haven't been tested for the crystal formation (I told my PCP my Mom has a condition where she builds "crystals and bone spurs and that is what worries me...if I have the same thing...she said "you do not have the same thing as your mother" (she never met my Mom! LOL)...I think that might be why he wants me in earlier to see if I'm like my Mom. Glad to hear you are clear! My Mom (and I....will) see Dr. Yao at Tufts Med Cntr. The Baptist has a GREAT rep- good for you
My Mom had the surgery I think you are talking about! They built like a "window" in the column so the spinal cord has room to move(this is how she explained it to me) - they didn't even touch the bone spur because it would risk sci. Sounds the same I believe
Mom was basically paralyzed from the waist down (it happened overnight!) and left the medical center walking with a walker. Now she doesn't even use a cane. She still has symptoms, but the prognosis was wheelchair bound or walker at the most. So happy for her
I may have to have you PM me that PT's info
(if you are comfortable!) Yes, it does make a difference because I am always worried when my Mom goes to dentists or hairdressers. And when I treat her I am careful to keep her spine flexed
Just like not all doctors or surgeons are the same- it is like that with PT's. My husband is better with sports, I am better with people that are older or with chronic pain.
I didn't even know the spine cord could handle 50% compression. Thank you for the info. Would love to hear how your appointment goes on the 9th...I'll be sure to write back about mine on the 1st.
I am really glad I am going to see a specialist. If anyone has a "gut feeling" that they should see a specialist, I say - go with your gut. It can't hurt. Maybe my PCP is absolutely right...but if she isn't, I am not willing to risk injury to my spinal cord. It's not like I have a rash or an ingrown hair or anything-LOL
Thanks Jen! Hope all works out with you too