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Board: Back Problems 07-14-2019, 12:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 221
Posted By teteri66
Re: Hypermobile Sacroiliac Joint dysfunction?

Prolotherapy can be useful in tightening up lax ligaments. Another treatment for what you are describing is a *** injection.

Platelet-rich plasma (***) therapy takes a person’s own platelets and...
Board: Back Problems 07-14-2019, 12:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 320
Posted By teteri66
Re: MRI what oes this mean?

It is unusual to have leg pain on both sides (in both legs) from a lumbar spine issue. Usually if it is a herniated disc, enlarged facet joint, neuroforaminal stenosis, etc., it presses on or...
Board: Back Problems 07-14-2019, 12:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 216
Posted By teteri66
Re: Surgeries to remove large cyst from L4 L5 lumbar spine surgically removed 5 week

I wouldn’t say the swelling is necessarily normal if it is on the surface. It would not be all that unusual to have inflammation around the area where the cyst was removed. Likewise, the pain is...
Board: Back Problems 07-02-2019, 11:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 153
Posted By teteri66
Re: Thorotic T7 Crush

Welcome to the board. I have had four lumbar spine surgeries and am fused from L3 to S1, but do not have personal experience with what you are experiencing.

Generally speaking, compression...
Board: Back Problems 06-25-2019, 06:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,601
Posted By teteri66
Re: Terrible Sciatic Pain - looking for advice please...

Sciatic pain is a sign of a spinal nerve compression. However, it is somewhat unusual to have it in both legs unless there is also some instability going on.

It may be that you have developed a...
Board: Back Problems 05-28-2019, 06:25 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 259
Posted By teteri66
Re: Neck pain with spasms and mri results

Welcome to the board.

The MRI report is brief and not very informative. It indicates there is generalized wear and tear/ spinal arthritis above and below the level of fusion.

In addition, at...
Board: Back Problems 05-18-2019, 07:55 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,531
Posted By teteri66
Re: Denied MRI

Well, that certainly took long enough to get the MRI.

I would not assume that surgery is out of the question. It al depends on whether any of these things are causing nerve compression severe...
Board: Back Problems 05-17-2019, 09:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 727
Posted By teteri66
Re: POST OP Microdiscectomy MRI results PLEASE HELP UNDERSTAND

Don’t fret. We were all mostly ignorant about all things spinal prior to our first spinal surgeries! I remember asking lots of questions on this board 15 years ago when I had my first bouts with...
Board: Back Problems 05-17-2019, 05:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 727
Posted By teteri66
Re: POST OP Microdiscectomy MRI results PLEASE HELP UNDERSTAND

Welcome to the board. When was your surgery? What level or levels were included?

Are these symptoms new or similar to what you were experiencing prior to surgery?

Foraminal narrowing is...
Board: Back Problems 05-17-2019, 05:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,546
Posted By teteri66
Re: Need to get 4 screws removed ...

What did your surgeon have to say today?

Is your pain that localized that a patch helps?
Board: Back Problems 05-16-2019, 06:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,028
Posted By teteri66
Re: Help me understand what is wrong ...

If you sleep on your back, put a small pillow under your knees.

If you should suddenly develop incontinence or either bowel or bladder, seek medical help ASAP. With a lower lumber spine injury,...
Board: Back Problems 05-16-2019, 10:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,028
Posted By teteri66
Re: Help me understand what is wrong...

Welcome to the board.

I’m sorry you are in pain. It would be difficult to say to what extent your situation was caused by your job as a retrolisthesis is a situation that is structural and not...
Board: Back Problems 05-13-2019, 09:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,546
Posted By teteri66
Re: Need to get 4 screws removed ...

Where was the original fusion...L4-5?
Board: Back Problems 04-29-2019, 08:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 661
Posted By teteri66
Re: help understanding MRI results lower lumbar

I see you live where there are many fairly well-known spinal clinics! You should have a wide selection of spine surgeons to choose from, should it be necessary. I would be interested in knowing...
Board: Back Problems 04-29-2019, 07:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 661
Posted By teteri66
Re: help understanding MRI results lower lumbar

Welcome to the board. Before I go into the MRI results I would like to ask the following:

Have you had lumbar spine issues in the last?

Are you under the care of a spine...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 04-28-2019, 08:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 950
Posted By teteri66
Re: Over/doing lifting 11 days post-op ACDF

I’ve been traveling and not paying much attention to the board...so am just seeing your post.

How are you doing by now? Was your surgeon able to reassure you that you have not harmed your...
Board: Back Problems 04-26-2019, 03:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,546
Posted By teteri66
Re: Need to get 4 screws removed ...

When you say pain when you walk, where is it located? Do you have it any other time?
Board: Back Problems 04-24-2019, 12:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,623
Posted By teteri66
Re: CT vs MRI

Being a veteran of 4 lumbar surgeries, I would recommend trying lots of other things before entering into a fusion IF you do not have instability. I don’t see any other reason for doing it, because...
Board: Back Problems 04-21-2019, 08:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,546
Posted By teteri66
Re: Need to get 4 screws removed ...

And how are you feeling now? Did it take care of your symptoms?
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 04-18-2019, 09:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 719
Posted By teteri66
Re: Nagging symptoms after ACDF

Welcome to the board. I usually post on the Back board but try to remember to check here on occasion. Sorry you didn’t get a response sooner.

I do have lumbar issues...so my comments are more...
Board: Back Problems 04-18-2019, 06:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,962
Posted By teteri66
Re: Unbearable leg pain - from Spinal Issues.

What’s going on now? Have you learned anything further?

My neuropathy changes all the time. About two months ago, it was scaring me as I felt like it was changing so quickly. Now it is back to...
Board: Back Problems 04-18-2019, 05:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,623
Posted By teteri66
Re: CT vs MRI

Just seeing your original question and skimmed through responses. I hope I can provide a similar experience that might be of help...but first I would like to ask if you had the MRI report and if it...
Board: Back Problems 04-11-2019, 07:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,546
Posted By teteri66
Re: Need to get 4 screws removed ...

How did the surgery go? Hope it wasn’t as bad as you were anticipating!
Board: Back Problems 04-07-2019, 11:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 481
Posted By teteri66
Re: Generic Physical Therapy for Disk Degeneration

This is a bit off topic...but I wanted to add that while physical therapy should be appropriate for the issue rather than for the age of the person, there is a great deal of difference between the...
Board: Back Problems 04-07-2019, 11:23 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 373
Posted By teteri66
Re: Upper Back Tightness Restricting Breathing?

The upper back is where many of us carry a lot of stress and tension. Are you aware of anything going on in your life recently that might account for an increase in stress? When you say “upper...
Board: Back Problems 04-04-2019, 05:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 918
Posted By teteri66
Re: Physical Therapy for Lower Back Pain

As the name implies, “degenerative disc disease” is a situation caused by the degeneration of the spinal disc. The intervertebral disc is the soft, gelatinous “shock absorber” that is located...
Board: Back Problems 04-03-2019, 11:25 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,962
Posted By teteri66
Re: Unbearable leg pain - from Spinal Issues.

Sounds right to me! (based on the little I know about your situation). There is no urgency to learning more about the neuropathy because it will make little to no difference...but I don’t know what...
Board: Back Problems 04-02-2019, 07:55 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,962
Posted By teteri66
Re: Unbearable leg pain - from Spinal Issues.

In a way, I suspect you are dealing with two separate issues that have symptoms that overlap...well, the spine problems may be responsible for some of the leg and foot symptomology. The neuropathy...
Board: Back Problems 04-01-2019, 07:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,106
Posted By teteri66
re: low back pain

Also, twelve years is a lifetime in terms of spinal changes. You can assume the discs have continued to dry out and that the other issues you mentioned have not improved! The spine degenerates as...
Board: Back Problems 04-01-2019, 07:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,106
Posted By teteri66
re: low back pain

You might find it helpful to go to some sort of doctor to get referred for a course of physical therapy. The problem with back pain is that it causes changes in structural alignment of the spine,...
Board: Back Problems 04-01-2019, 07:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,962
Posted By teteri66
Re: Unbearable leg pain - from Spinal Issues.

If you have S1 radicolopathy it would be unusual if it does not originate in your spine. Everything you describe...with the legs bothering you after standing and having it get more painful the...
Board: Back Problems 04-01-2019, 10:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,106
Posted By teteri66
re: low back pain

Spinal arthritis tends to become a problem as we age. Perhaps that is causing some of your discomfort and stiffness.
Board: Back Problems 04-01-2019, 10:39 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,962
Posted By teteri66
Re: Unbearable leg pain - from Spinal Issues.

I have had four lumbar surgeries and am fused from L3 to S1. I have neuropathy in both feet...which may or may not be the result of my spinal issues...depends on which of my specialists is opining...
Board: Back Problems 04-01-2019, 10:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,546
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 03-24-2019, 09:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,152
Posted By teteri66
Re: Hardware removal.

After further consideration, I think what I am trying to say is that perhaps you do not yet have enough information to make a good decision.

It just doesn’t sound to me like the surgeon has valid...
Board: Back Problems 03-21-2019, 10:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,152
Posted By teteri66
Re: Hardware removal.

Great post Ya-Ya! I’m going to copy it and put it where I can read it often...because I need to have that message constantly beat into my brain! At what point though do we decide that is the...
Board: Back Problems 03-21-2019, 02:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,152
Posted By teteri66
Re: Hardware removal.

I don’t think you need to devote energy to worrying about hardware failing. An MRI would show if a screw were placed at a weird angle, if a rod looked suspect, etc. Spinal hardware failure is very...
Board: Back Problems 03-21-2019, 02:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,152
Posted By teteri66
Re: Hardware removal.

At what level is your fusion...L4-S1?

OK, just noticed you stated L3-S1...same as me. Is yours posterior? I assume it was an open surgery although I don’t know why I say that...did he go in from...
Board: Back Problems 03-21-2019, 02:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,152
Posted By teteri66
Re: Hardware removal.

If you could find out the true source of the pain, then you’d know where to start. That is the whole key to the issue and the great unknown! There is no way to know...and so you are left with trial...
Board: Back Problems 03-21-2019, 08:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 428
Posted By teteri66
Re: Curious about back problem

Sorry, I just noticed your response. Oh that is exciting that you already know you have foot issues! Now you must proceed with care in making a sound selection of who to help with the corrections! ...
Board: Back Problems 03-20-2019, 01:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,152
Posted By teteri66
Re: Hardware removal.

I should add that I have one acquaintance who was worse off (more pain) after a one level fusion. She was convinced it was the fault of the hardware...her surgeon refused to believe it was a...
Board: Back Problems 03-20-2019, 12:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,152
Posted By teteri66
Re: Hardware removal.

Personally I would be skeptical that removing hardware will resolve your symptoms...unless you have good reason to believe hardware is touching a nerve, or is otherwise causing an issue that is...
Board: Back Problems 03-18-2019, 06:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 428
Posted By teteri66
Re: Curious about back problem

Welcome to the board. I wonder if you have ever had your feet evaluated for a pronation or something similar. Our posture is based on the foundation of how we stand, with the feet being the first...
Board: Back Problems 03-18-2019, 06:24 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 332
Posted By teteri66
Re: Multiple Thoracic Disc Bulges

Yes. Try not to worry, especially until you have the full report from the MRI...and then, not even then! The MRI is just one piece of the diagnostic puzzle, and often, not a helpful piece as it can...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-17-2019, 10:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 444
Posted By teteri66
Re: Klippel-Feil Syndrome

How are you currently? Do your doctors keep an eye on the myelomalacia?
Board: Back Problems 03-15-2019, 11:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 625
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: 625
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: Spinal Cord Disorders 03-12-2019, 10:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 381
Posted By teteri66
Re: MRI findings

One thing that is helpful to know as a lay person reading a MRI report is that there are certain adjectives that convey a sort of “ranking” system. With a MRI of the spine the ranking is as follows:...
Board: Back Problems 03-08-2019, 10:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,546
Posted By teteri66
Re: Need to get 4 screws removed ...

Do you have any confirmation that the screws are the cause of your pain? Usually if hardware is the source of pain it is because a screw or rod is pressing on a nerve. The metal is inert and isn’t...
Board: Neuropathy 03-05-2019, 06:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 916
Posted By teteri66
Re: neuropathy from tight boots in military

In addition to the MRI, are they doing an EMG and nerve conduction study?

Sometimes the first sign of spinal issues is tingling and/or numbness in one foot, less common to have it occur in both...
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