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Old 08-06-2017, 08:00 AM   #16
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Re: MRI Lumbar Result Please Help

I haven't had surgery since 2010 which was a revision of a PLIF at L4-5 that was done in 2008 for a spondylolisthesis. That surgery was "medically successful" but never resolved any of my symptoms. I spent two years going from one specialist to another looking for answers. When the spine surgeon I had known for 17 years finally thought surgery would help, my insurance carrier denied the surgery. I took it upon myself to appeal the decision because I had all the data from visits to various specialists. When I put my package of info together and finally got it before a panel that included spine surgeons, the surgery was immediately approved. But it was a long stressful period of my life when I was in maximum pain! Not a good memory.

I personally think for your issues you will have better results with an orthopedic spine surgeon.

 
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:52 AM   #17
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Re: MRI Lumbar Result Please Help

I am meeting on Thursday with a new Ortho Spine Surgeon.

I am going to tell him all the symptoms I am having as well as the instability that I feel. The other 2 doctors I have seen don't believe me when I tell them I can feel my Vertebrae move back there. Also the one doctor told me that my Lordotic curve was not that bad but he only measured my upper lumbar. My curve from top of L1-Top of S1 is 89 degrees and the top of my L4 - to the top of my S1 is 67%. I am hopeful for this next appointment.

This is day 7 after my injection, day 1 and half of day 2 were good. Since then its gotten worse and I am worse now than I was before the shot. I have more pain and numbing/pins and needles now especially when I am sitting. I will be happen when someone tells me that they have a solution that will help me.

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Old 08-07-2017, 02:49 PM   #18
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Re: MRI Lumbar Result Please Help

I hope this surgeon works out for you. I like the fact that he was a PT for twelve years before going to medical school. I should think that background would make him more of aware of movement, structural alignment, etc...those things many surgeons could care less about!

I will be eager to hear what he thinks and what he proposes. If he too suggests he would not perform surgery, ask him what he would recommend instead....try to pin him down.

 
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Old 08-08-2017, 06:25 AM   #19
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I wonder if seeing a surgeon who specializes in adult scoliosis would yield more positive results. At least they are used to dealing with curves in spines.

 
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Old 08-11-2017, 03:43 PM   #20
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I saw the doctor yesterday and despised that a Anterior/posterior spinal fusion of the l5-s1 and possibly up to the l3 depending what it looks like when he gets in there. He believes that anything other than a fusion in the front and back would not be strong enough. He is also going to realign the l5 with the s1 since it has slid back a little more.

He wants me to do some pre-op physical therapy to help build up some strength and flexibility to help with the recovery.

 
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:24 PM   #21
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That's a lot of surgery, but then you have a lot of problems! What did you think of this surgeon?

 
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:29 PM   #22
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I liked him. He explained things well and really explained why he would go from the front and back. According to there Xray report that was posted a little bit ago I have disc space narrowing from l3-s1. I knew about the l5-s1 but not all 3 levels. I

 
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I wouldn't normally say this, but don't be afraid of him doing three levels. When I consulted with eight surgeons prior to my first surgery, I had opinions that ranged from fusing one level to reserving the right to fuse 4 or 5 levels, depending on what he found once he got in there. The majority opinion was fusing one level, which is what I went for, figuring they could always do more, if needed. Two years later, I had a second surgery that resulted in my L3-S1 fusion.

I know people who have had the surgery from front and back. After about the first ten days, the recovery was no ore difficult than what I had, back only.

You do need to be prepared for a long recovery! But after the initial healing from the surgery is over, it isn't all that restrictive. Did he say if you'd wea a back brace?

 
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I've read everything I could find online about this doctor and feel like he is the perfect choice for you and your issues. I think you should feel comfortable going ahead with him and the surgery he has planned.

 
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I see my doctor on Wednesday to go exactly everything that is going to be involved. I also have to talk to him about my venous inefficiency in both my legs and how it's going to be handled during and after surgery. I also want to find everything that has to go on before.

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Write down all your questions. You are likely to forget otherwise. You are lucky you will have a second meeting with the surgeon. Often you see the guy once and then the next time is as you go into surgery! I don't like that.

 
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Old 08-13-2017, 04:23 PM   #27
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Yesterday was a crappy day. Both when I took a nap and when I woke up this morning my underwear and sleep pants were wet. That makes it 6 times since July 1st. I also have been having bladder leakage for over a year now since my pins and needles in my legs started. I have not wet the bed since I was a little kid. My family doctor and neurosurgeon told me that it's not related to my back. I am so confused.

 
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Re: MRI Lumbar Result Please Help

Well, who am I to disagree with your doctors, but, I bet the new ortho spine surgeon may see things differently. Perhaps you do not have cauda equina syndrome, but there may be enough nerve compression on occasion that the nerve that innervates the bladder is numb and you don't always get the signal that you need to urinate. It may be that the nerve on occasion gets "pinched" more times than others...so it doesn't happen often. Looking at the angle your spine makes between L5 and S1, I wouldn't be surprised if the nerve got caught occasionally.

 
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I was thinking about also making an appointment with a urologist just to play it safe. To me it is a really big coincidence that the drastic back issues happen then the bladder issues start. Also my bowels have been different since then as well. I have way more gas than I have ever had. Most of the time when I us the bathroom its the gas pressure that really enables me to go. If i feel a big pressure of gas i make sure I hit the restroom.

Multiple times I had gotten in contact with my neurosurgeon and my PCP about it and both say that the issues are not related based of my MRI. I think to myself, how does an image that is taken on your back with your legs partially bent dictate how your spine and nerves are when you are standing, sitting, or laying on your side which causes your spine to take a different shape as well and the added pressure of the weight its supporting. I am just glad I meet with the Ortho again on Wednesday.

 
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~Update~

I talk to the doctor again and went over what he plans on doing during the operation and the possible complications. I am now waiting for it to be scheduled, mainly waiting on them getting the general surgeons schedule so it can be scheduled with both.

The pre-operative PT has been rough with mild strengthing, stretching, and deep tissue message. Hopefully it will help with recovery after the surgery. Ofcourse the last 2 days have been horrible. Now I can't even walk at all without more pain. Before walking small distances would help relieve my pain from sitting. When I move certain ways and when I walk it feels like my Bilateral Pars fractures move and rub. It feels horrible and makes me feel like I am sick to my stomach. The pain also now radiates down my scrum and into my coccyx some. Also the pain feels like it's also in my pubic bone. I would like a break from this but I know I have to wait.

I don't know if I should make another appointment with the doctor or wait it out to see if the newer pains go away.

 
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