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Board: Back Problems 04-01-2019, 10:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,510
Posted By teteri66
Re: Need to get 4 screws removed ...

Good luck with the surgery. I hope it resolves your pain issues!

Please come back and let us know how you are doing!
Board: Back Problems 03-15-2019, 11:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 616
Posted By teteri66
Re: Lumbar Rhizotomy causing SI Joint Pain/Problem?

Sounds like you have some structural imbalance going on. It is common with lower back issues for the body to compensate in an attempt to protect the injured area. For example if one has nerve pain...
Board: Back Problems 03-13-2019, 05:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 616
Posted By teteri66
Re: Lumbar Rhizotomy causing SI Joint Pain/Problem?

Welcome to the board. Sorry you are in pain. It does seem in that area that when one thing is tweaked, another adjoining area gets grumpy! I’m fused from L3 to S1 and deal constantly with SI joint...
Board: Back Problems 02-21-2019, 10:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,633
Posted By teteri66
Re: No change after second surgery

Good lord. A two hour commute is enough to keep you from healing! I hope you can find something much closer!

I have to disagree with your doctor regarding the L3-4 herniation being the “wrong”...
Board: Back Problems 02-13-2019, 07:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,633
Posted By teteri66
Re: No change after second surgery

Welcome to the board. I feel your frustration, having myself endured several lumbar surgeries before finally getting some relief from ongoing symptoms/nerve compression.

You will be told it is...
Board: Back Problems 02-12-2019, 07:00 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,493
Posted By teteri66
Re: Denied MRI

Hopefully one of these links will contain information that will help you.

It seems to me that, with the increase in the number of pain management specialists and clinics in recent years, we are...
Board: Back Problems 02-01-2019, 08:04 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 564
Posted By teteri66
Re: Four Months Post Surgery

Welcome to the board. Having had four lumbar spine surgeries, I really hate hearing stories like yours...particularly the part about the surgeon basically giving you the green light to plow ahead...
Board: Back Problems 01-24-2019, 07:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 672
Posted By teteri66
Re: in age of 25

Sitting puts over 30% more stress on the discs than standing or lying down. It is very important to have an ergonomic set up if you have a desk job, and to get up and walk around for a couple...
Board: Back Problems 01-01-2019, 05:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,864
Posted By teteri66
Re: lumbar surgery

Yes, it is the L2 and L3 spinal nerves that can cause a lot of pain across front of thighs. When I had surgery at L2-3, I had no thigh pain prior to surgery, but I sure woke up with it! I was quite...
Board: Back Problems 12-20-2018, 08:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 833
Posted By teteri66
Re: decompression for lumbar stenosis

Décompression surgery can be a very effective treatment for stenosis. You just have to be careful that an instability is not inadvertently created due to the surgery. Generally speaking, surgeons...
Board: Back Problems 12-11-2018, 07:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 978
Posted By teteri66
Re: Can neck pain cause shoulder blade pain?

It may help you to visualize what may be happening if you look online for a “dermatome map.” This will show you which spinal nerve innervates which area of the body. (You will see that the cervical...
Board: Back Problems 07-25-2018, 06:12 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 457
Posted By teteri66
Re: Thighbone pain after microdiscectomy

Chances are good that it is nerve pain. This is a common development after spine surgery. Regardless of how careful the surgeon is, a nerve with get tugged or moved or somehow irritated. Be...
Board: Back Problems 06-02-2018, 09:06 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 951
Posted By teteri66
Re: Help

Welcome to the board. While it may seem like enough time has passed since the accident, in reality your body is still trying to readjust after the impact. While we usually think of damage to...
Board: Back Problems 05-31-2018, 08:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 853
Posted By teteri66
Re: My Wonky Spine.

The reason for all the concern over the cervical area is because the potential damage there is greater than lumbar area. You will note that the report indicates a possibility of myelomalacia which...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 05-14-2018, 07:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 972
Posted By teteri66
Re: MRI report. Is surgery really needed? I have Cervical Dystonia + spine issues

First, as you have found, you will get different opinions depending on what part of the country you are from. Well, maybe not "different" but the threshold for the need for surgery will be...
Board: Back Problems 05-09-2018, 07:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,274
Posted By teteri66
Re: L2 - S1 PLIF Decompression & interbody fusion

Welcome to the board. I am currently fused from L3 to S1 (first fused L4-5, then about two years later, the additional segments were added on) and recently had a laminectomy to open up the central...
Board: Back Problems 04-16-2018, 05:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 725
Posted By teteri66
Re: Erector Spinae - Muscle sprain

Yes, I should have mentioned to try to keep moving. Gentle stretching and light walking are helpful.
Board: Back Problems 04-15-2018, 07:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 725
Posted By teteri66
Re: Erector Spinae - Muscle sprain

Sounds like you are doing the right things -- ice and /or heat, ibuprofen for swelling, avoid activities that aggravate it, probably no twisting, etc. You could try one of those over-the- counter...
Board: Back Problems 04-13-2018, 07:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,111
Posted By teteri66
Re: Post Microdiscectomy Musings - Anyone Else Having the Same or Similar?

Welcome to the board. I want you to rewrite the last sentence of your post, in large letters, print it and post it where you will see it often!! In two weeks, when you want to start pushing the...
Board: Back Problems 04-04-2018, 09:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,309
Posted By teteri66
Re: Surgery one week away

OK--most important advice you will receive! Walking is the most important thing you can do beginning this minute! Sometimes doctors don't explain what it is all about. All the patient hears is...
Board: Back Problems 03-19-2018, 06:35 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,986
Posted By teteri66
Re: TLIF L4-5 Post Surgery foot drop and possible anarchnoiditis??

It is possible for nerve damage to occur from placement of the patient on the table. Some surgeons are more aware of this potential danger than others and really go out of their way to be sure the...
Board: Back Problems 03-09-2018, 09:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,309
Posted By teteri66
Re: Surgery one week away

That's the worst when you are all prepared to have the surgery and then it is postponed. I had that happen when, at the last minute, the insurance carrier denied the need for surgery. I had to...
Board: Back Problems 02-17-2018, 12:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,258
Posted By teteri66
Re: My MRI ... eek!

Welcome to the board. Well, the good news is that the MRI report helps to explain the symptoms you are having (and have had in the last). I say "good news" because it is very frustrating when one...
Board: Neuropathy 01-23-2018, 07:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,437
Posted By teteri66
Re: neuropathy questions

Welcome to the board. Sometimes people are diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy when in reality their symptoms are coming from an issue in the spine. It sounds like you are aware that there are...
Board: Back Problems 01-17-2018, 07:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,200
Posted By teteri66
Re: MRI Help Please - L3/L4 Issues

Have you consulted with a spine specialist or was the MRI ordered by yourPCP/family doctor? If the latter, you might want to make an appointment with either an fellowship-trained orthopedic spine or...
Board: Back Problems 01-10-2018, 07:43 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 824
Posted By teteri66
Re: Spinal stenosis PAIN RELIEF

If someone had a solution for pain from spinal stenosis that did not require surgery, he or she would become very rich very quickly! If the stenosis is fairly severe, there really is no effective...
Board: Pain Management 01-05-2018, 07:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,485
Posted By teteri66
Re: Episodic Chronic Pain

I think conditions vary depending on the area of the country. Some states tend to be more strict than others.

Perhaps you could get a letter from the pain management doctor that could help you...
Board: Back Problems 01-03-2018, 06:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 660
Posted By teteri66
Re: MRI ... Opened vs. Closed/Need Advice Please

I'm not convinced your issues are coming from the spine. You've had both an orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon and a spine surgeon tell you everything looked fine, right? And your symptoms don't...
Board: Back Problems 01-02-2018, 07:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 660
Posted By teteri66
Re: MRI ... Opened vs. Closed/Need Advice Please

Did you get a copy of the MRI report? Doctors often say "everything is fine" when in fact there is some stenosis, or a small disc herniation. If they feel it doesn't require surgery at the time,...
Board: Back Problems 12-13-2017, 07:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 745
Posted By teteri66
Re: Mild levoscoliosis. Increased lordosis.

Welcome to the board. If this were my X-ray, I would be very relieved. Every component of the spine appears to be normal other than the mild scoliosis. If you are unfamiliar with scoliosis, you...
Board: Back Problems 11-16-2017, 08:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 666
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 11-13-2017, 06:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,479
Posted By teteri66
Re: MRI results 3.5 years post op!! Opinions?

Please keep us informed of your progress.
Board: Back Problems 11-03-2017, 09:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,091
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: Back Problems 09-21-2017, 07:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,058
Posted By teteri66
Re: Full spinal MRI today 20/09/2016

Do you mean you saw it on the first MRI and now it was not visible? It could be that it just wasn't visualized by the MRI or perhaps, it was something that looked like a synovial cyst and it has now...
Board: Back Problems 09-21-2017, 06:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,058
Posted By teteri66
Re: Full spinal MRI today 20/09/2016

Are you able to get a copy of the MRI written report? When you find out what is going on, please let us know. It is hard to wait for test results!
Board: Back Problems 09-16-2017, 09:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 714
Posted By teteri66
Re: Please help to explain MRI...due to new neck pain after procedure....thanks so mu

Welcome to the board. When you say LESI are you referring to a lumbar epidural steroid injection? If so, I cannot think of a reason why the two could be related. Did the doctor think they were...
Board: Open to All Other Health Topics 09-12-2017, 06:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 545
Posted By teteri66
Re: Neck injections

Specifically make note of the time pain begins to return, if you are pain free, or close to it, after the injection. It can be a matter of hours rather than days.

I usually post on the "Back...
Board: Back Problems 09-10-2017, 08:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,036
Posted By teteri66
Re: Neurosurgeon review yesterday

That is one thing the board is here for...venting. It is nice to be able to talk to others who understand, at least in part, what you are going through. One problem we all have is that people with...
Board: Back Problems 09-08-2017, 06:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,036
Posted By teteri66
Re: Neurosurgeon review yesterday

I will be interested to hear what you learn after the new MRIs.
You might want to also consult with a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon.
Board: Back Problems 09-07-2017, 02:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,036
Posted By teteri66
Re: Neurosurgeon review yesterday

That's interesting because it seems to me that having both L5 nerve roots compressed by stenosis would be enough to cause your symptoms and the heaviness in your legs, and difficulty with balance. I...
Board: Back Problems 08-30-2017, 06:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,027
Posted By teteri66
Re: Help interpreting MRI results for Lumbar MRI

Given that the stenosis is mostly caused by facet hypertrophy it is doubtful that your issues will clear up on their own. Sometimes a bulging disc will heal without intervention, but facet...
Board: Back Problems 08-04-2017, 04:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 742
Posted By teteri66
Re: help reading mri report in layman terms

Welcome to the board. It is always interesting to me how different one MRI report is to another. Some have lots of detail and others are so vague on detail as to be almost useless! Yours falls...
Board: Back Problems 08-01-2017, 12:02 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,562
Posted By teteri66
Re: MRI Lumbar Result Please Help

Welcome to the board. Please keep in mind that members are not doctors, but are people who share information based on their own experience with a particular issue.

The L5-S1 level is most...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 07-13-2017, 06:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,812
Posted By teteri66
Re: Hello all ... it has been a long time :(

You have received some helpful ideas. Have you talked with someone at the facility and asked how specifically to handle this? Obviously, they have lots of experience with this. When I went through...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 06-26-2017, 04:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 774
Posted By teteri66
Re: Considering surgery- my MRI Your Evaluation-Interpretation

The findings indicate degenerative disc disease. The discs are the fibrocartilaginous cushions that separate the bones (vertebrae) of the spinal column. They serve as the spine's shock absorbing...
Board: Back Problems 06-26-2017, 09:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,792
Posted By teteri66
Re: Percentage of failed back surgeries

From what I have read, the percentage of successful fusion surgeries is 80%. Of course, so much depends on what is meant by successful. Some people go in thinking their back will be restored to the...
Board: Back Problems 06-13-2017, 07:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,102
Posted By teteri66
Re: MRI Interpetation Please

Unfortunately, with severe stenosis, things do usually not improve. The reason why I feel it is important to go to a spine specialist ( neuro or orthopedic spine surgeon) at least one time is to get...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 05-22-2017, 09:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,174
Posted By teteri66
Re: cervical herniated discs

Welcome to the board. I can give you some general comments based on the report, but I would suggest you see a spine specialist for an accurate diagnosis and plan for treatment. This could be either...
Board: Orthopedic 05-18-2017, 09:43 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 702
Posted By teteri66
Re: need help understanding CT scan results after mylogram

Welcome to the board.

Simply put, there are some degenerative changes occurring in the cervical neck segments mentioned in the part of the report you have posted. These are fairly high up in the...
Board: Back Problems 05-16-2017, 06:03 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 773
Posted By teteri66
Re: Drop foot

With all the issues you have had that could affect spinal nerve roots, I would guess the foot problem is coming from that rather than localized in the foot.

Are you able to make the foot point...
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