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Old 03-25-2005, 05:37 AM   #1
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More Surgery!

Hi all.

Where do I begin? I'm fairly new here so I will recap my history.

1. 1994 - Lumbar laminectomy - surgery
2. 1995 - cervical stenosis - surgery
3. 1997 - lunbar/flatback syndrom - surgery with instrumentation
4. 2000 - cervical kyphosis - surgery with instrumentation done in 2 surgeries. posterior and anterior surgeries
5. 2003 - vascular surgery for left leg blood clots
6. diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy of left leg
7. diagnosed with 4 herniated discs in thoracic area

Current problems. I had a CT Myelogram done of the entire spine. It showed the following:

1. Stenosis of the cervical spine from C3-4; C4-5; C5-6 levels
2. Stenosis of the lumber spine L1-2 levels

My orthopedic surgeon specializes in the thoracic and lumber areas. Since the cervical area seems to be the worst we decided to address the cervical area the first. So now I have to see another surgeon to discuss possible decompression surgery on the cervical area. I don't see how the doctor won't recommend surgery on the cervical area. Conservative treatment has been tried and didn't work. So what are the choices? Surgery the way I see it.

Once the cervical area is resolved, I will then have surgery on the lumbar area to resolve the stenosis in that area. So if both surgeries are done, then I will have had 7 spine surgeries. Will this ever end? I've always had major problems with the neck surgery for some reason. More pain and longer recovery whenever I had the cervical surgery. I found the lumbar area an easier area for me for surgery. But I am tired of this already. Everytime I turn around it is another spine surgery.

So now I have to set up an appointment to see an orthopedist for the cervical problems. I'll keep you posted on what happens.

Anyway, hope you all have a pain free day.


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Old 03-25-2005, 08:51 AM   #2
Join Date: Dec 2004
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Re: More Surgery!

It great you will be getting a second opinion, but I suggest that the orthopedist you see be a spine specialist. My ortho surgeon has been able to keep me walking but he has been dedicated to spines for over 15 years now. A lot of ortho's can handle some back problems but when you have as many back problems as you and I both have, I suggest that no matter if you go with NS or Ortho that they be a spine specialist. I was fortunate that when I saw one of this doctor's partners for my spine, he said that while he did work on backs, that he would not touch mine with as many problems as I had, so asked that I see the doctor I have now. Wonderful!!

Hope you get relief soon and let us know how you are doing. We're also a good place to vent when it is a bad day and you need someone to understand the frustrations you are going through.

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