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Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-21-2010, 01:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,981
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Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-15-2010, 07:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 6,294
Posted By PNo
Re: Huh? What does this mean?

You did a good job figuring it out. It appears the cord itself is not "shortened or thinned" but more likely curved a little, or compressed a little. The CSF is the area where the fluid is Cerebral...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-15-2010, 07:21 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 19,278
Posted By PNo
Re: Please help me read parts of my MRI & direct me on what I need to do

You are lucky feelbad was feeling good this week and able to contribute so much! She has helped me over the years so much. I find of felt maybe on the feet it might have to do with the accident...
Board: Back Problems 03-13-2010, 10:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 14,447
Posted By PNo
Re: T3,4,5 unrelieving pain- what to do next???

Have you had a previous thoracic MRI and that is why you said these T levels? This location of pain can be coming from your neck. Have you had any arm symptoms?
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-11-2010, 03:41 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 19,278
Posted By PNo
Re: Please help me read parts of my MRI & direct me on what I need to do

Hello - I sense your frustration, but here is what I would do based on my own experience. First, you are in pain - so that means to me your body is telling you to slow down - there is nothing wrong...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-09-2010, 01:55 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 19,278
Posted By PNo
I personally would not go to PT until I saw the...

I personally would not go to PT until I saw the neuro. The PT is motivated to get you in there to have a patient to treat but your MRI has not been reviewed by the specialist to even say they want...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-07-2010, 09:44 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 19,278
Posted By PNo
Re: Please help me read parts of my MRI & direct me on what I need to do

Very good advice. I defintely wouldn't really proceed without direction from the neurologist. Continue to do the things you are doing. Another MRI isn't going to help at this point until you see...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-06-2010, 09:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,949
Posted By PNo
Re: Anterior Discectomy - lost voice

Hello - sorry about your voice. There was a person on here a couple years ago who lost her voice and had some issues. All of us have some minor problems after surgery, but some people do get it...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-06-2010, 09:31 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 19,278
Posted By PNo
Re: Please help me read parts of my MRI & direct me on what I need to do

Hi! Three weeks isn't that long, sometimes people wait for 2 months so consider yourself lucky! I saw your post in the other thread to so I am going to combine my answer. So sorry you had an...
Board: Back Problems 03-02-2010, 10:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,255
Posted By PNo
Re: Doctor's won't listen!

Hi - I know this pain - I have it. I think you need to stop asking for pain medications first (that always puts their radar up), and switch to demanding what treatment are you going to do for me. ...
Board: Back Problems 02-27-2010, 04:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 5,801
Posted By PNo
Re: Post Op Fluid/Incision

Hi - Sometimes when we have surgery excess fluid (seroma) collects under the skin and in the tissues. This may feel like a fluid filled ball and look swollen. Watch for signs of redness, warmth,...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-23-2010, 12:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,871
Posted By PNo
Re: Results of MRI resulting from auto accident

HNP - herniated nucleus pulposus.
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-23-2010, 12:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 7,972
Posted By PNo
Re: MRI results - please help!!!!

It is not a simple answer. Yes I have had the same type problems and it has been a long 5 1/2 year road for me. After my first surgery I was 100% fine and back to work in a hectic schedule. Not...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-22-2010, 09:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,871
Posted By PNo
Re: Results of MRI resulting from auto accident

Hello - I am curious how long ago was your auto accident? Some of this stuff is not from a recent accident. It is a very curious way your MRI report has been written with the word "possible" in...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-22-2010, 08:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 9,373
Posted By PNo
Re: Hello, back after 7 years

I hope you had some good times in those 7 years since your surgery - it looks like the degeneration kept going in your spine and also the pressue of the fusion might have made the other levels in...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-20-2010, 11:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 9,012
Posted By PNo
Re: Need Advice on Artificial Disc Replacement,, Do I or Dont I?

newbackguy - I am curious if you insurance company has agreed to pay for this multiple application?
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-19-2010, 05:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 6,395
Posted By PNo
Re: Transverse myelitis

Dear Wilc516 at least you have some answers! They may not be want you wanted to hear, but MS treatments have advanced so far in the last 10 years. I wish you good response to your treatments!

In...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-19-2010, 05:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,450
Posted By PNo
Re: Titanium Plates, allergic reaction?

what you describe sounds like for a example a topical allergy, like maybe from the tape that was used during your surgery to tape down the oxygen and tubation.
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-19-2010, 05:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 7,972
Posted By PNo
Re: MRI results - please help!!!!

Well I thought about it a couple days. I have not had cerebellar tonsillar herniation so I don't really know much about it, other than what I have read, possibly it receded back and didn't show on...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-18-2010, 09:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,597
Posted By PNo
Re: MRI Findings

I don't know statistically how many people have multiple surgeries, but there are a number of us on here. They would call it a revision for you and would most likely pull out the old hardware, ...
Board: Back Problems 02-16-2010, 11:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,996
Posted By PNo
Re: Someone please diagnose this sciatica for me. Please!!!

Hello - ouch I know it hurts. I can't stay I just read this as I was leaving, but I will come back. I have a blown L5/S1 and sciatica all the way to my toes on both legs. Everything that I have...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-16-2010, 11:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 7,972
Posted By PNo
Re: MRI results - please help!!!!

Hello - it looks like this moved down in the forum with no replies - I can't stay now, but will make sure to see if I can answer any questions when I come back in a day. This will bump it higher...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-16-2010, 11:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,597
Posted By PNo
Re: MRI Findings

Hi! I saw this and no replies so I will try before I have to get off the computer. I was wondering if you have forearm pain?

There is a reversal of the cervical lordosis with the apex at C4 to...
Board: Hernia 02-14-2010, 11:14 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 104,450
Posted By PNo
Re: how long does it take for a large herniated disc (L4/L5) in the back to heal

Jjunda - I just came back and saw your status - excellent! I kind of figured you would get better - when you said you are able to get by with just ibuprofen, I thought you are probably going to get...
Board: Hernia 02-10-2010, 03:58 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 104,450
Posted By PNo
Re: how long does it take for a large herniated disc (L4/L5) in the back to heal

Hello - if you have a low level medication like NSAID working and it controls your pain - and all other things look good, don't do the surgery. There are studies that show about 5 years out that...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-05-2010, 06:07 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 139,037
Posted By PNo
Re: 5 level cervical laminectomy & fusion, anybody?

You don't need to go reading my old posts I can pretty much summarize it pretty simply here - I type faster than it will take you to go read. Artifical replacement isn't for me, I have too many...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-04-2010, 10:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 7,707
Posted By PNo
Re: cervical non union

I am sorry you did not fuse - it does happen in some people. I thought I would include a little info for you so you can try to formulate some questions for your doctor.

The nonunion is...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-04-2010, 10:05 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 139,037
Posted By PNo
Re: 5 level cervical laminectomy & fusion, anybody?

That is a great place for a 3rd opinion! I am wondering if you might consider discussing this next item with the surgeon on adding that T1.

I feel my thoracic problems came on after my cervical...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-04-2010, 02:14 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 139,037
Posted By PNo
Re: 5 level cervical laminectomy & fusion, anybody?

Hello - there are people around here who have had this many levels, mostly not done all at once, the people I know about had fusions over many different surgeries. There are lots here with multiple...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-02-2010, 06:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 7,329
Posted By PNo
Re: Range of motion after ACDF

I am fused C4-7 and I don't really notice much loss at all.
Board: Back Problems 01-28-2010, 10:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,016
Posted By PNo
Re: thecal sac reduction, hemangioma t7-t8

Hello - I normally am over on the spinal board because my cervical was my overwhelming problem and where I have done all my surgeries, but I also have lots of thoraic and lumbar issues. My L5/S1 is...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-28-2010, 09:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 10,692
Posted By PNo
Re: Need to understand how life altering cervical injuries could be

Hello! The good news out of this is your spinal cord is not compressed , but there are signs of compression on the thecal sac that surrounds the cord by a bulding disk. Overall you have...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-28-2010, 08:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 10,692
Posted By PNo
Re: Need to understand how life altering cervical injuries could be

It would be helpful for all of us to hear about your symtpoms, MRI is only one part of the picture. There people on both ends of the spectrum - some have mild findings and horrible symptoms, and...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-27-2010, 03:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 7,842
Posted By PNo
Re: Degenerative Disc Disease...How many people here suffer from it??

I guess I would reply to your questioning yourself about overreacting by asking yourself how serious are your symptoms? If this is taking you to bed on a fairly regular basis, and you have high...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-25-2010, 08:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 7,842
Posted By PNo
Re: Degenerative Disc Disease...How many people here suffer from it??

Hello - nice to meet you. At least you know about this condition and can work to help yourself. I found out about my DDD when I was 45 - it wasn't until I had symptoms. It started in my cervical,...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-25-2010, 07:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 7,329
Posted By PNo
Re: Need Reassurance 10 days Post ACDF

You need to take it easy SuzyQ - great advice here. Watch those neck positions! The 10 day mark is a very common time for when people start feeling the way you do.

My opinion is - this is your...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-23-2010, 04:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,930
Posted By PNo
Re: Pain & pressure deep in throat?

Pain and pressure in your throat could be many things go see your doctor! It could be your thyroid swelling, or even a hiatal hernia causing the pressure. Do you get swallowing spasms (dysphagia)?
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-23-2010, 04:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 19,462
Posted By PNo
Re: pain in shoulder, elbows, wrists- could it be my spine?

Very good advice sammy01 - I remember when you first started down this road.

There are also many causes of elbow pain but cervical problems can certainly refer pain to the elbow. I am including...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-22-2010, 08:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 19,462
Posted By PNo
Re: pain in shoulder, elbows, wrists- could it be my spine?

Hello and welcome to the board - spine problems have a pretty typical pattern and your internist or family physician should be able to recognize if you might need further investigation. If you feel...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-20-2010, 10:25 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 4,521
Posted By PNo
Re: Cervical Discopathy

Hi nochange - Cervical discopathy is problems arising from your disc like bulges or herniations that are causing the radiculopathy (shooting/referred pains). A disk injury of either a fissure, tear,...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-20-2010, 10:12 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 13,782
Posted By PNo
Re: Advice for a new member c6/7 disc problem with spinal compression

focal abnomality of the spine and deformity of the ventral surface are very similar things. A focal abnormality just means it is in certain spot not widespread. A deformity of the ventral surface...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-19-2010, 11:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,945
Posted By PNo
Re: Can someone please tell me what these MRI results mean in plain English?

I am sorry you are getting anxious, I can help you out. First, take a big deep breath. Overall there is nothing extremely horrible in the words - believe me there are people who have reason to be...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-19-2010, 10:46 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 13,782
Posted By PNo
Re: Advice for a new member c6/7 disc problem with spinal compression

Hi again and thank you for all the extra detail it really helps. I am not at all familiar with healthcare in your country but I am very familiar with your condition. I am glad Bobbyboo spoke up! ...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-08-2010, 07:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 7,562
Posted By PNo
Re: MRI results help to understand

The of Luschka are the uncovertebral joints. These are the lateral aspect of the vertebral body and has a projection called the (uncinate process). As our disks become dried out and shrunk these...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-08-2010, 07:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 5,429
Posted By PNo
Re: So new and don't know what to expect.

Hi - the good news is your appointment isn't far off and you can get some answers from your doctor. You do have a lot of different things going on.

Out of the MRI report this is the most...
Board: Back Problems 01-05-2010, 07:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 7,995
Posted By PNo
Re: Normal MRI, NEED HELP!! PLEASE!!

Ditto, get a copy of your MRI report. There are many medical professionals who really do not have much training dealing with back problems and just read the report that may say you have "mild"...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-04-2010, 06:33 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,815
Posted By PNo
Re: Anyone ACDF without plating?

It is common to find doctors who do not plate for one level. However, personally I think I have only heard of this when the patient did not have previous fusions. If I were the patient I think I...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 01-02-2010, 01:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 8,033
Posted By PNo
Re: Disc protusion L4-L5

Hi- I totally understand what you are feeling. I have lots of spine problems and am older 51 but we all go through the same stages in this journey-including depression. I have a central extrusion at...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-30-2009, 09:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,132
Posted By PNo
Re: 2 weeks post acdf, having worsening symptoms and depression, please help

Hi Firelane - please do call your doctor and report these symptoms. When you are at the point of falling you really need to be careful and take precautions for yourself until it resolves. Did the...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 12-20-2009, 12:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,179
Posted By PNo
Re: MRI -Surgery Your imput Help

Hello bon1234 welcome to the boards! I have a horrible cervical spine, my thoracic is bad, and my lumbar has started going bad - had a couple surgeries and totally understand your situation. It is...
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