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Board: Neuropathy 11-22-2017, 11:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 608
Posted By teteri66
Re: Skin nerve pain ... extremely painful ... due to injury

Sorry no one responded to you sooner. Unfortunately, I am guessing most of us donít have any good ideas for you. Regardless of the cause of nerve pain, the results are similar and there arenít any...
Board: Back Problems 11-22-2017, 11:10 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,537
Posted By teteri66
Re: Severe Sciatic Pain, Standing and Walking.

Be sure to get up every hour or a bit longer, and walk a bit. This is very important so you donít develop scar tissue attaching to a nerve. This is not the scar on the surface but where you are...
Board: Back Problems 11-21-2017, 03:50 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,537
Posted By teteri66
Re: Severe Sciatic Pain, Standing and Walking.

Excellent news and excellent outcome, so far! Now, take your own advice. Do not sit more than 15-20 minutes at a time...then get up and walk a little, change position, recline. Sitting puts 30%+...
Board: Orthopedic 11-20-2017, 03:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 73
Posted By teteri66
Re: L4 l4 alif using bmp2 questions

Welcome to the board. Did you discuss your pain with your surgeon at the first post surgical appointment? It is hard to evaluate how much pain is normal at this point as we are all different and...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 11-17-2017, 10:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 418
Posted By teteri66
Re: Need advice regarding side effects of a scs

Have you explored all other options regarding your pain? I assume you have had a surgery that didn't resolve your original symptoms...would that be correct?
Board: Open to All Other Health Topics 11-16-2017, 06:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 326
Posted By teteri66
Re: Another Episode/Flare

Have you had a MRI of the neck and back?
Board: Back Problems 11-16-2017, 05:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 149
Posted By teteri66
Re: Help MRI ft scan Myleogram part 2

Can the neurosurgeon operate on you? Or does workmen's comp have to be involved?
Board: Back Problems 11-16-2017, 09:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 263
Posted By teteri66
Re: Nimbus With surrounding marrow oedema, atypical Haemangioma. Should i be worried?

Where is your pain located? What specifically are your symptoms?

The radiologist suggested another more specific MRI because he couldn't say for sure what he was looking at...nimbus, hematoma,...
Board: Back Problems 11-16-2017, 09:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 149
Posted By teteri66
Re: Help MRI ft scan Myleogram part 2

Can you go to your neurosurgeon? Luckily, I don't have any experience with workmen's comp. clearly what's you have been through is a nightmare.

What often happens after a normal fusion procedure...
Board: Back Problems 11-16-2017, 08:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 263
Posted By teteri66
Re: Nimbus With surrounding marrow oedema, atypical Haemangioma. Should i be worried?

Basically there isn't anything else of significance. All the important things are normal...most of the words you may not be familiar with refer to technical aspects of the type of scan (T1, T2,...
Board: Back Problems 11-15-2017, 06:46 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,537
Posted By teteri66
Re: Severe Sciatic Pain, Standing and Walking.

If they do a L4-5 discectomy, that is the only disc they will be able to see. The incision from a microdiscectomy is small...only big enough to get instruments in to work on the disc. He couldn't...
Board: Back Problems 11-15-2017, 09:48 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,537
Posted By teteri66
Re: Severe Sciatic Pain, Standing and Walking.

Nerves are notoriously finicky and do not respond well to being compressed. I know from discussing this topic with a number of spine surgeons and neurologists that they have had patients who ran the...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 11-14-2017, 03:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 260
Posted By teteri66
Re: Spinal stenosis

In a word, NO. Nothing.
Board: Back Problems 11-14-2017, 03:40 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,537
Posted By teteri66
Re: Severe Sciatic Pain, Standing and Walking.

It can be difficult to determine exactly where the pain is originating. Sometimes a discogram is done, which is painful and invasive and doesn't necessarily indicate the answer. If your surgeon...
Board: Back Problems 11-14-2017, 03:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 208
Posted By teteri66
Re: Recent Epidural

The laminectomy is an easier procedure than it was back in 2008. I just had one the end of September because my central canal at L2-3 was almost completely closed up. It was an overnight in...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 11-14-2017, 07:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 260
Posted By teteri66
Re: Spinal stenosis

Do you have pain in one leg, both legs or is it the muscle spasms that keep you from being able to stand?

Stenosis is one thing that shows up clearly on MRI. Have they explored other possible...
Board: Back Problems 11-14-2017, 07:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 208
Posted By teteri66
Re: Recent Epidural

How are you doing by now?
Board: Back Problems 11-13-2017, 06:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 263
Posted By teteri66
Re: Nimbus With surrounding marrow oedema, atypical Haemangioma. Should i be worried?

I could have sworn I wrote a reply to your post, but I don't see it...so can only assume I started it but didn't finish.

My best guess is that you don't need to be worried but If I were in your...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 11-13-2017, 05:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 260
Posted By teteri66
Re: Spinal stenosis

Surgery is always the last resort. On the other hand, if your central canal is badly narrowed, it is a fairly easy surgery, as spine surgeries go.

I have had four lumbar surgeries including...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 11-13-2017, 08:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 260
Posted By teteri66
Re: Spinal stenosis

Have you had a MRI of the lumbar spine? Has anyone suggested you need surgery to decompress a spinal nerve?
Board: Back Problems 11-13-2017, 07:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 713
Posted By teteri66
Re: MRI results 3.5 years post op!! Opinions?

Please keep us informed of your progress.
Board: Back Problems 11-12-2017, 02:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 713
Posted By teteri66
Re: MRI results 3.5 years post op!! Opinions?

I hope you can get it taken care of soon. I recently had a similar surgery. The central canal was just about closed at L2-3. (The level above my fusion). The surgeon was able to do it...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 11-11-2017, 09:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 260
Posted By teteri66
Re: Spinal stenosis

I suppose it depends on what is causing them. Some people take magnesium supplements. I always found using a heating pad across the lower back was helpful.

Do you have pain when walking and...
Board: Back Problems 11-11-2017, 09:09 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 165
Posted By teteri66
Re: I've been having popping sensations in the back lower part of my head & eye strai

Sounds like it would be helpful to have a CT scan of your head and perhaps the carotid arteries. I'm sorry but what you describe isn't anything I am familiar with.
Board: Back Problems 11-11-2017, 09:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 903
Posted By teteri66
Re: Grade 1/2 Degenerative Spondylolisthesis Unstable - Update

The pain medications are very constipating so things like stool softeners, gentle laxatives, etc. can be helpful. Drink lots of fluids and eat high fiber fruits and vegetables. Blueberries and...
Board: Back Problems 11-10-2017, 10:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 903
Posted By teteri66
Re: Grade 1/2 Degenerative Spondylolisthesis Unstable - Update

Wow. That sounds like quite a surgery. I can't imagine how it took seven hours. Did he end up doing the whole procedure MIS? Happy it is over and you can get on with recovery.

Your new...
Board: Back Problems 11-10-2017, 07:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 132
Posted By teteri66
Re: Fusion L 4 & 5 plus cyst removal

Be sure to stock up on items to deal with constipation...things like a stool softener, a gentle laxative, lots of fluids you enjoy, high fiber fruits and vegetables, etc. the pain medications tend...
Board: Back Problems 11-10-2017, 07:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 132
Posted By teteri66
Re: Fusion L 4 & 5 plus cyst removal

Welcome to the board. Recovery is long but it is not necessarily painful after the first week. Let me ask you a few questions and then I will write more.

How is your health in general? How...
Board: Back Problems 11-08-2017, 08:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 644
Posted By teteri66
Re: Back and butt pain after l4-s1 spinal fusion

Every person and every surgery is different so it is really hard to give you a time by when you will feel better. No crystal balls for this recovery!

However, I would give yourself a few days...
Board: Back Problems 11-07-2017, 08:48 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,537
Posted By teteri66
Re: Severe Sciatic Pain, Standing and Walking.

One of the annoying things about back pain is that everyone is an expert. Maybe they had a sore back for a couple days and they assume yours is the same! I learned to just smile sweetly and change...
Board: Back Problems 11-06-2017, 08:08 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 133
Posted By teteri66
Re: X-Stop Interspinous Spacer

When I first started having sciatic pain, the X-Stop had just been approved for use and it sounded like the easy answer to my problems. But, it was not to be! As it turns out, it would not have...
Board: Back Problems 11-06-2017, 07:58 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,537
Posted By teteri66
Re: Severe Sciatic Pain, Standing and Walking.

I was the same with my sciatic pain, which I had for about three years before I agreed to a fusion surgery. It got so bad that I had to sit to chop an onion and was driving down the driveway to...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 11-06-2017, 10:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 208
Posted By teteri66
Re: Pain and spasms 4 years after surgery?

If I were you, I would file a formal request for all medical records for the date of your surgery. The other doctors may not have bothered to look for them.

I would also request records from the...
Board: Neurology 11-06-2017, 10:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 873
Posted By teteri66
Re: Sudden onset leg weakness with buckling leg

Can you get the MRI date sooner?
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 11-05-2017, 10:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 208
Posted By teteri66
Re: Pain and spasms 4 years after surgery?

How long ago did your surgeon retire? I'm wondering if you could still get whatever treatment records he had written about you.

Where about in the spine was the tumor? In the thoracic or lumbar...
Board: Back Problems 11-05-2017, 10:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 644
Posted By teteri66
Re: Back and butt pain after l4-s1 spinal fusion

It's not great to have a fracture but I think it is better than having the screw piercing a spinal nerve. Assuming the bone graft takes and you get a solid fusion, things should heal up nicely.
...
Board: Back Problems 11-04-2017, 12:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 644
Posted By teteri66
Re: Back and butt pain after l4-s1 spinal fusion

Welcome to the board. Do you not want the surgeon who performed this surgery to resolve the issue? I would think he would want to go back in to reposition the screw rather than perform a...
Board: Back Problems 11-03-2017, 10:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 414
Posted By teteri66
Re: DVT 18 months post op

I'm happy this was caught when it was. I don't think any of us can say for sure whether the two incidents are related, but my guess is that the lump was a seratoma...which is more of a little sac of...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 11-02-2017, 11:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 208
Posted By teteri66
Re: Pain and spasms 4 years after surgery?

Have you had any further visits with the surgeon? A new MRI?

I suspect that there is some permanent nerve damage that at least contributes to your symptoms.

Does anything like massage therapy...
Board: Back Problems 11-02-2017, 08:33 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,537
Posted By teteri66
Re: Severe Sciatic Pain, Standing and Walking.

What instructions were you given? Were you told to keep a diary to jot down notes about symptoms...like when they returned, how long you were pain-free, etc? I'm not sure what type of injections...
Board: Back Problems 11-01-2017, 04:04 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,537
Posted By teteri66
Re: Severe Sciatic Pain, Standing and Walking.

You said "injections." You had more than one?

Changes like you mention don't necessarily mean much. If there is numbness, then nerve compression is probably gotten worse.
Board: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 10-31-2017, 10:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 211
Posted By teteri66
Re: CTS symptoms from a cat bite to the wrist?

My guess is that you have some inflammation from the after-effects of the cat bite that is putting pressure on the nerves. The same nerve or nerves are affected.
Board: Back Problems 10-31-2017, 10:02 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,537
Posted By teteri66
Re: Severe Sciatic Pain, Standing and Walking.

You would need a flexion-extension X-ray to tell if the spondylolisthesis is somewhat subtle. Mine went undiagnosed for a couple years, until my first spine surgeon asked for the flexion/extension...
Board: Back Problems 10-31-2017, 07:18 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,537
Posted By teteri66
Re: Severe Sciatic Pain, Standing and Walking.

If you should happen to have a spondylolisthesis, all those things that supposedly "help," like McKenzie, are exactly the things that make the situation worse.

Usually insurance carriers make the...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 10-30-2017, 08:33 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 138
Posted By teteri66
Re: lump on my spinal cord

Welcome to the board. Where on your back or neck is this located.

Usually if you can feel something from the outside, it is not attached to the spinal cord. It is most likely a cyst of some...
Board: Back Problems 10-28-2017, 09:21 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,051
Posted By teteri66
Re: Muscular Upper Back Pain

If you have burning in both arm and leg, it would not be coming from a lumbar spine issue. A cervical spine issue could cause both sciatic-type pain and arm pain if the spinal cord is compressed. ...
Board: Back Problems 10-27-2017, 10:28 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,537
Posted By teteri66
Re: Severe Sciatic Pain, Standing and Walking.

Did you play contact sports? If so, you should inquire about getting a flexion/extension X-ray to check for a spondylolisthesis.

You might want to get a second opinion or evaluation from a spine...
Board: Back Problems 10-26-2017, 03:43 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,537
Posted By teteri66
Re: Severe Sciatic Pain Standing and Walking NEW TO BOARD

Was this doctor a spine surgeon? Regardless, I don't know why he would tell you that. Perhaps he misunderstood the question. You can look on any website pertaining to health issues and find that...
Board: Back Problems 10-26-2017, 10:10 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,537
Posted By teteri66
Re: Severe Sciatic Pain Standing and Walking NEW TO BOARD

The epidural steroid injection (ESI) will not "just mask" pain. The steroid will reduce inflammation and hopefully, will cause the disc material to move off the spinal nerve. If this happens, the...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 10-25-2017, 07:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 258
Posted By teteri66
Re: Cervical MRI - Can "Severe DD" be treated conservatively?

Keep us posted with your progress!

Good luck.
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