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Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 08-07-2008, 08:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,795
Posted By bw67
Re: anyone get muscle spasms since surgery????

I also had spasms for awhile post surgery. I was told it was due to the nerves regenerating that had been damaged.

I can't remember which RX- flexiril or topamax- was prescribed to help minimize...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-20-2008, 07:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,684
Posted By bw67
Re: back-to-back surgeries scheduled -please chime in

Meghan-

I was referring to neckpatient's comments regarding my post, my reaction had nothing to do with anything you posted.

Neckpatient, no offense taken, I just wanted to clarify my position....
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-17-2008, 09:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,684
Posted By bw67
Re: back-to-back surgeries scheduled -please chime in

Meghan and Neckpatient-

I made the post "BEFORE YOU HAVE FUSION SURGERY", and based on neckpatient's comments I RESPECTFULLY feel compelled to respond.

I have been coming to this site for...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-09-2008, 10:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 6,160
Posted By bw67
Re: before you have fusion surgery!

Jeff and others-

Sounds like you've got a lot going on.

I think someone else has already said this on this post, but if you think about it, it makes sense. It is harder to find SUCCESS...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-05-2008, 01:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 6,160
Posted By bw67
Re: before you have fusion surgery!

thanks lorie- sorry to hear you're still having trouble. your experience is exactly why I chose not to go the fusion route.

I know most of the "success stories" get on with their lives and off...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-01-2008, 06:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 6,160
Posted By bw67
before you have fusion surgery!

hey-

I use to come on here all the time. I had disc herniations at C5/6 and C6/7 that caused tremendous pain in my right arm.

I was told by doctor after doctor that fusion was my only option. ...
Board: Lymphomas 01-05-2008, 11:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,585
Posted By bw67
Re: Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Hey-

I just started a new thread titled TRANSPLANT COSTS? And then I found this one...

Since everyone on here either has or knows someone who has Hodgkin's Lymphoma, can any of you give me an...
Board: Lymphomas 01-05-2008, 11:08 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 982
Posted By bw67
transplant costs??

Hey-

I'm usually over on the spinal cord board, but a friend of mine has been fighting Hodgkin's Lymphoma. He's getting ready for more chemo this month.

I really don't know a lot about this...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-29-2007, 02:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 10,987
Posted By bw67
Re: Cervical Fusion VS Non Fusion: Opinions please

I was 38 when I had the non fusion procedure. I had 5 doctors here in Nashville tell me fusion was my only option. I scoured the internet and actually found my doc- Dr. Merrill Reuter in Lake Worth...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-28-2007, 03:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 10,987
Posted By bw67
Re: Cervical Fusion VS Non Fusion: Opinions please

I had minimally invasive surgery- discectomy without fusion for disc herniations at C5/6 and C6/7 16 months ago.

I'm no doctor, but I would hesitate having any type of surgery if you're not in...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 11-13-2007, 06:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,605
Posted By bw67
Re: Cervical Disc -- Minimally Invasive Surgery (MISS) / Endoscopy

to save me some typing time, look at the archives for NON FUSION OPTION and STILL LOVING NON FUSION. as I recall, they spell out my procedure and what I've done post op.

my surgery was in august...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 11-08-2007, 05:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,605
Posted By bw67
Re: Cervical Disc -- Minimally Invasive Surgery (MISS) / Endoscopy

escgirl-

I had both levels done at the same time. Bummer you'll be dealing with it over Christmas...

My son was 21 mos too at the time of my surgery. It did stink to be away from him for so...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 11-05-2007, 07:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,605
Posted By bw67
Re: Cervical Disc -- Minimally Invasive Surgery (MISS) / Endoscopy

I had what I consider to be successful minimally invasive surgery to repair two herniated discs at C5/6 and C6/7 over 15 months ago. A good neck/shoulder massage every 4-6 weeks is about all I need...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 10-17-2007, 05:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 950
Posted By bw67
Re: laserspineinstute of tampa, fl

I also looked into lsi and they didn't take my insurance. I found another doctor in Florida that DID take my insurance, and I had minimally invasive surgery 14 months ago to fix two herniated discs...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 09-07-2007, 06:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,715
Posted By bw67
Re: Cervical Disc Fusion Questions ;

discograms are no big deal, you'll be out of it for half a day...

I would encourage getting 2nd or 3rd opinions before going under the knife...

depending on where you live and what kind of...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-27-2007, 06:07 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,464
Posted By bw67
options other than fusion

Hello all-

I haven't posted a thread in several months- two little boys, the job and life in general have been keeping me pretty busy...

I wanted to get on and post information that may be...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 07-22-2007, 02:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,561
Posted By bw67
Re: Anyone have endoscopic surgery...?

I don't know where you're at in your search, but I had an endoscopic procedure done in Florida last August to repair disc herniations at C5/6 and C6/7...

With Dr. Merrill Reuter at Advanced...
Board: Phobias 07-15-2007, 05:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,554
Posted By bw67
Re: Claustrophobia and MRIs

ask to have an OPEN MRI. you're not in a tube, the sides are open, it's still a little freaky, but much less than the tube...

the facility where I had mine done also let me bring in a music cd of...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 06-26-2007, 07:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 7,011
Posted By bw67
Re: Has anyone heard of LaserSpine Institute?

I would consider Dr. Merrill Reuter at Advanced Orthopaedics of South Florida. They took my insurance, where Laser Spine did not. They're about 10 minutes south of West Palm Beach.

I don't get...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 06-12-2007, 08:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,561
Posted By bw67
Re: Anyone have endoscopic surgery...?

if you want to stay near your area, I'm pretty sure Dr Jho in/near Pittsburgh does the type of procedures you're referring to...

in addition to travel concerns, a lot of the minimally invasive...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 05-08-2007, 08:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,008
Posted By bw67
Re: I need some advice...PLEASE

I'M NO DOCTOR-

but it sounds like you have a couple bulging discs, and possibly a bone spur...

what prompted you to have the MRI??? the migraines I assume??

if you're not having any...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 05-06-2007, 06:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,676
Posted By bw67
Re: Still Loving Non-fusion

dsch-

you have to do what you feel is right for you. Dr. Reuter was definitely the right move for my situation.

Does Dr. Schiffer take your insurance?? Again, based on my own research I had...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 05-05-2007, 12:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,676
Posted By bw67
Re: Still Loving Non-fusion

did reuter tell you specifically it wouldn't work?? I was lucky I guess that they felt my pain was NOT caused by spurs. But that was nine months ago, maybe they can do something different regarding...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 05-04-2007, 08:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,676
Posted By bw67
Re: Still Loving Non-fusion

dsch-

reuter was the guy for me. for one, he was in network with my insurance. two- his offices in FLA were 10 minutes from where my aunt lives so I had a free place to stay. three- cheap...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 04-26-2007, 11:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,474
Posted By bw67
Re: Buldging Disc in my neck....Is it as good as it gets.

I would be concerned with taking Diazepam frequently- I believe that is the generic form of VALIUM, which as I understand it is a pretty addictive drug...

I'm not familiar with the other drug you...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 04-26-2007, 10:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,676
Posted By bw67
Re: Still Loving Non-fusion

dsch-

wondering which doctors you're dealing with and where...

as for why more doctors don't do non-fusion procedures- now this is just my opinion, based on what I've been told, and what I've...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 04-23-2007, 04:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,676
Posted By bw67
Still Loving Non-fusion

hey-

Just wanted to make a new post to say that I'm now almost NINE MONTHS post op on a NON-FUSION procedure, and I'm STILL doing great...

a good neck and shoulder massage about once a month is...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 04-23-2007, 04:38 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 11,012
Posted By bw67
Re: Non Fusion Option

esc-

I bought my back brace at Wal Mart I think, for probably $20-30.

we have a family friend who is an awesome masseuse, so we use her...

wondering what the latest is with your...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 04-11-2007, 08:38 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 11,012
Posted By bw67
Re: Non Fusion Option

esc-

I am happy to report that I felt NO PAIN after standing nearly 7 hours straight in the BITTER COLD at the Nascar race in Nashville Saturday...

We were literally right in THE PITS, next to...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 04-09-2007, 06:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 13,342
Posted By bw67
Re: Valium and Muscle Spasms

skz-

hey. forgive me if you've already answered this, but I've asked before- HAVE YOU TRIED FLEXIRIL???

I've also said this before, it took me SEVERAL MONTHS before I was completely rid of...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 04-05-2007, 09:45 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 11,012
Posted By bw67
Re: Non Fusion Option

dsch- don't take my word entirely on schiffer- he may have since changed his techniques- that was just what I felt after doing the research I did last summer.

esc- I was never on any pain meds...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 04-03-2007, 02:58 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 11,012
Posted By bw67
Re: Non Fusion Option

dsch-

I also sent my MRI's, etc to Dr. Schiffer and he called me to discuss his suggestions...

At the time though- last summer- Dr. Schiffer didn't participate with my insurance so it was going...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 04-02-2007, 12:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 780
Posted By bw67
Re: How long do I wear the collar for ?

Paula-

I would get on the phone to your doctor and demand answers!!I can't tell you for certain how long you should wear your collar for, I would assume a couple weeks minimum...

I am no...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-30-2007, 07:57 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 11,012
Posted By bw67
Re: Non Fusion Option

escgirl-

I can't really remember how long it was before I was picking up my son. I'm sure I cheated and started doing it a little bit before I was supposed to. Although my friends and family...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-30-2007, 11:24 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 11,012
Posted By bw67
Re: Non Fusion Option

escgirl-

I did have a two level acd w/out fusion at C5/6 and C6/7 seven months ago now...overall I am doing GREAT.

My neck still gets a little sore if I overdo, but the spasms are gone, and the...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-30-2007, 11:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,191
Posted By bw67
Re: Neuro Surgeon or Orthapedic?

yes I agree this is a very popular topic...

I think it is really a doctor vs. doctor question more so than a neuro vs. ortho question. Who do you feel most comfortable with, how long have they...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-30-2007, 11:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,494
Posted By bw67
Re: Surgery vs. Watchful Waiting.

I agree that every situation/condition is different, but here's what I did...

I had disc herniations at C5/6 and C6/7 that were pressing on the nerves going into my right arm, causing extreme achy...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-25-2007, 01:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,527
Posted By bw67
Re: Who mentioned Dr. JHO?

that's my opinion on fusion too, best of luck

bw
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-24-2007, 07:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,257
Posted By bw67
Re: Going to P.T. after 2 level ACDF? (spasms)

I feel like I've posted on the spasm subject before, but I think it takes awhile for the spasms to go away. I had minimally invasive surgery- most of you have had more intensive and invasive fusion-...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-22-2007, 07:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,409
Posted By bw67
Re: Any Ideas?

to somewhat echo skz-

I'll be honest- I didn't read EVERY post, but have you tried a good massage??

Even though my surgery went great back in August, I still feel a little tinge in my right arm...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-19-2007, 10:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 962
Posted By bw67
Re: so fed up

have you had any injury to your spine/neck area??

I agree with your husband, it's time for a 2nd opinion. Is the doctor you're seeing a neurosurgeon or ortho?? or just your family doctor??
...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-18-2007, 02:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,238
Posted By bw67
Re: I'm BACK! ACDF C5C6C7 didnt WORK!!!

Ron -

Are you using the same doctor this time??? I would be hesitant to do so if the first fusion didn't work...

I really hate to hear that you or anyone is having to go back in for more...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-16-2007, 08:32 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 11,012
Posted By bw67
Re: Non Fusion Option

My son was 18 mos when I had my surgery. We left him with the grandparents...

It was tough not to be able to pick him up, but we've definitely made up for lost time!

As for the stimulator, I...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-15-2007, 06:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,636
Posted By bw67
Re: Bulging Disks in neck. Any success without surgery

I had herniated discs at C5/6 and C6/7, but I was able to put off surgery for almost two years by doing TRACTION, MASSAGE THERAPY, and an occasional STEROID INJECTION...

I did eventually undergo...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-13-2007, 05:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,049
Posted By bw67
Re: I am so confused (again).

Have your doctors put you on FLEXIRIL?? I was on it for at least 3 months after surgery. I had put off surgery for two years- it took a good 3 months before the spasms completely stopped.

bw
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-08-2007, 06:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,537
Posted By bw67
Re: Here it goes...ACDF scheduled for 3/26...advice?

Sorry- I didn't mean to post!

best of luck

BW
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-06-2007, 03:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,110
Posted By bw67
Re: Surgery now or later?

My vote would be to wait until you made the move to Colorado. Especially if you're not in any real pain. I would get settled, make a fresh start and GET MORE OPINIONS...

Even if you choose to...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-05-2007, 07:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,821
Posted By bw67
Re: Artificial discs - not wise choice according to my doc

FORESTPEAK-

check out my post- NON FUSION UPDATE. I chose to have a minimally invasive procedure for herniations at C5/6 and C6/7. It may be an alternative for you over fusion...

good luck
...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-04-2007, 07:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,311
Posted By bw67
Re: Spasms and not wearing a collar

it took me a lonnng time before my spasms completely disappeared, and I had a less invasive procedure than most of you. my doctors told me that the spasms were part of the nerves healing, and that...
Board: Heart Disorders 03-03-2007, 10:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,115
Posted By bw67
Re: hypoplastic left heart??

Bumping this up...hoping anyone who has had to deal with this unfortunate condition can share their experience...

thanks

bw
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