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    Old 08-08-2002, 04:43 PM   #1
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    what to expect from a neurosurgeon???

    Hello! I have a few questions I was wondering if any of you could answer. My chiropractor is referring me to a neurosurgeon and I was wondering what to expect. I'm feeling very nervous about this, because I have seen so many neurologists. Is there a difference in the two???? I have been having seizures for almost a year now. I have been to three different neuros and countless others in between. All have come up with no reason. I have had every test under the sun done on me and still nothing. I started seeing this chiropractor last month and he took an x-ray of my neck. My first two vertibres are really messed up. The first one is turned to the right and facing down.
    As he started working on me this last month my seizures have become alot more frequent. They went from every two weeks to everyday. I don't function right, I'm so tired I could fall asleep standing up, I'm so ready for this to come to end. Life get back to normal!!! Anyways....I was just wondering if this is the right move. I'm already fifty thousand in debt and still no better. Could this be the answer I'm looking for???????????

    Thanks for taking time and reading this, hope all is well your way!!!

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    Old 08-08-2002, 05:11 PM   #2
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    Re: what to expect from a neurosurgeon???

    H all Elaine here Davy's wife.Sorry I havent managed to send new's on Davy's op sooner but things have been a bit hectic.
    I was at the hospital tonight and Davy was up and walking about.He is still painful but he is doing fine.He has the most husky voice at the moment which
    has been compared with Barry White and Marge Simpson.
    I am really missing him and cant wait till he is home
    again.The surgeon say's he might be home for the weekend.He actually had two discs removed and a vertabrae.Please excuse any spelling mistakes I have made but it is getting late and I am real tired.


    Hope everyone is doing well
    Love to you all Elaine.

     
    Old 08-09-2002, 03:42 AM   #3
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    Re: what to expect from a neurosurgeon???

    Lisa, sorry to hear you have had such a tough time of it. If you are going to the chiropractor so often and it is your cervical spine that is messed up, I know I won't be alone in advising you to stop. Now. If you have been getting no relief, or getting worse, it is time to see a neurosurgeon. Further manipulation of the delicate neck structure would not be a good idea.

    A neurologist specializes in nervous system disorders such as epilepsy and is often seen for seizures and other symptoms. When I had my EMG tests, they were always done by neurologists. These docs don't operate on the nervous system, but treat diseases of that area.

    A neurosurgeon will operate if needed on the spine or brain, the sources of the nerves and their signals. They will order tests so a diagnosis can be reached (hopefully) regarding the cause of your problem. It sounds to me like you will need some other tests done, at the very least an MRI and possibly an EMG.

    If you need a referral for a good neurosurgeon you might ask you chiropractor, your MD or osteopath, and also any people you know who have had spinal surgery. Ask folks who you know, as they may know another person who had surgery and good results.

    Good luck and keep us informed!

     
    Old 08-09-2002, 06:15 PM   #4
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    Re: what to expect from a neurosurgeon???

    What is an EMG??

     
    Old 08-09-2002, 06:46 PM   #5
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    Hi Lisa,

    An EMG is Electromyography. This is where they send a electrical signal thru nerves to see if there is any damage. They use a very fine needle. The procedure is not too painful, just a little uncomfortable. You can search the internet and find more info about this test.

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    Old 08-12-2002, 06:57 PM   #6
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    Hello again! Against advice, I have went back to my chiro twice! There has been a difference. Within 15 minutes of him working on me I have had staring episodes. I completely blank out and stare, then fall asleep. I wake up with terrible pains in the back of my neck, shooting up my head. Today, my right hand also hurt. I've been having problems with it lately also. Sometimes can't even use the darn thing! Anyways, he is going to call the neurosurgeon and try to get me in without to much of a wait (hopefully)! I am so nervous. I just want this over with. Can't take much more!!!! Things have shifted so drastically that I'm really worried! Thanks again for listening and I hope everyone is doing well.

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    Old 08-13-2002, 04:12 AM   #7
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    Hi Lisa,

    I am going to be blunt, but for your own good!!!
    DO NOT let a Chiro near your neck again, if you do you run the risk of being paralysed"This IS fact"

    Why did you go against advice when you knew that with each visit you were getting worse???

    The Chiro you are visiting in my opinion is being completely irresponsible with your health Lisa.

    I have recently being discharged from hospital by a Consultant Neuro Surgeon (The top Surgeon in his field in Scotland) If I had visited a Chiro against his advice he would not have operated.

    You NEED to get an MRI done as soon as possible and get to see a Neuro surgeon. again as soon as possible.

    I know you must be desperate for a cure and are willing to try almost anything, but this IS the correct way to go.

    I wish you well Lisa,
    I send my <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/heart.gif"> and prayers to you.

    <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/heart.gif"> to ALL

    Davy

     
    Old 08-14-2002, 12:13 PM   #8
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    Trust me I now know how absolutely stupid I was <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/hammer.gif">!!! After I wrote that last bit, I began having severe head pain and neck pain. I spent 10 HOURS in the ER. They said it was a type of muscle strain, similiar to whiplash. After forcing the er doc to call neurosurgery, we found out nothing. He said the x-rays they took looked fine and he didn't see any problems. He did recommend me getting an MRI of the neck, but would not order it himself. So back to the beginning again. Who do I get to order this??????? It will take me two months to get into see a neurosurgeon. And I feel I don't have that time to waste waiting! Everything seems to be going down hill so fast. I am really scared.

    My chiro just took the list of neurosurgeons who my insurance covers, and is going to call a few to see if he can get them to look at the x-rays that concern him. We both agreed no more treatments!! He couldn't believe they let me walk out of their the other night! I am so totally confused, every doctor has an opinion but none are the same.

    Thanks for your guys' advise and I promise to use it from now on! And thanks for letting me vent yet again. Hope all of you are having a good day!

    <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/angel.gif"> Lisa

     
    Old 08-14-2002, 12:36 PM   #9
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    Re: what to expect from a neurosurgeon???

    Lisa, you have never mentioned a primary care MD or osteopath in your notes, just your chiro. Do you even have a general doctor who knows you that you trust? If you do, even if you haven't been there in a while, perhaps they can pull some strings to get you into a neurosurgeon ASAP.

    Xrays can't show damage to the nervous system. I think it's odd you spent all that time in the ER and nobody there would order an MRI or CT scan.

    The unfortunate truth is most neurosurgeons take weeks to see the first time, and good ones are hard to get in to more than once per month. You will have a long wait with the diagnosis and treatment, but you need to get started. I don't know your age, but I bet even if you are young you could find other people who know folks that have gone through neurosurgery.

    And I'll say this once more-don't let anybody mess with your neck until you know what is going on. Take care of yourself, and good luck!

     
    Old 08-14-2002, 03:59 PM   #10
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    Hi Lisa,

    Some of the lesons we learn in life are hard, PLEASE don't make them any harder.DO NOT let anyone near your neck, you could end up paralyzed by those Chiro's.That's a FACT from My Cosultant NeuroSurgeon.

    <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/heart.gif"> and all the best,

    Davy

     
    Old 08-14-2002, 05:09 PM   #11
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    I will not let anyone touch my neck. I will not let anyone touch my neck. I will not let anyone touch my neck. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/eek.gif">

    I know you guys are absolutely right, I just wanted things to keep moving!! (bad chose of words! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/rolleyes.gif"> ) I have learned my lesson. And Davy you are so right about not making them any harder!!

    Nanner..Guess I left out some info huh? I'm 29. Yes I do have a regular doctor, haven't seen him for quite a while! But other than that, I don't have any other docs on the side.

    As you guys can tell, I'm trying to stay positive tonite. My left arm felt left out apparently, so it is now hurting worse than my right. Shoulders too. Can't have enough fun!!!

    Okay, I think I need to go to bed, that pain medicine is making me a real smart <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/nono.gif"> !!!!

    Hope all of you are having a good nite!
    <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/angel.gif"> Lisa<p>[This message has been edited by Lisa T (edited 08-14-2002).]

     
    Old 08-15-2002, 06:38 AM   #12
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    Hi Lisa,

    I am so sorry you are in sooo much pain.
    Can you get your regular Dr to prescribe you with some
    Neurontin and some Celebrex, I found these medications very helpful, he may also prescribe some sleeping pills to help you get off and possibly some
    librium type pills as muscle relaxers.

    Prior to my op I aws tired all the time and the constant numbness/pain certainly drags you down, but I will say the move you are making to see a NeuroSurgeon is the best possible and after seeing him get a second opinion.You will then be in a better position to decide where you want to go with this.My decison was surgery and it's been the best decision I have made to date.
    All the very best Lisa, and remember, don't let any Chiro's near your neck <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/t_down.gif">

    <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/heart.gif"> to ALL

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    Old 08-15-2002, 06:35 PM   #13
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    Hey guys! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/wave.gif"> Right now I'm trying to stay away from meds. I had a really awful experience with one of the seizure meds(Depakote) and decided until they figure out what the problem is no more pills! Long story short, I had a reaction to the drug and was paralyzed for over 8 HOURS!!! So no more risks!!! I did end up taking some pain pills the last few days, but only because I think I might of went crazy without them. Feeling better today, so I haven't taken any.

    Question, can anyone tell me where I could find info on the web concerning my chiros notes?? There are terms I don't know and can't find info out. This is what I want to know: what is mild uncovertebral hypertrophy with facet joint narrowing, subchondral sclerosis, and other bony proliferative changes, mid and lower cervical spine. I can't find any of these terms in my normal search engines. Or does one of you maybe know what this means????

    Take care everyone, I think its time for me to lay down again!! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/yawn.gif">

    How are you feeling Davy? I read you just had surgery. And thanks for checking up on me!!!

    <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/angel.gif"> Lisa

    I will not anyone touch my neck! I will not let anyone touch my neck!<p>[This message has been edited by Lisa T (edited 08-15-2002).]

     
    Old 08-16-2002, 07:59 AM   #14
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    Hi Lisa,

    Sorry you had such an adverse reaction to meds.That would have been frightening!!!!

    I am doing fine, neck and hip are tight today,but walked over 4 miles last night with my 11yo Son ryan..
    So no complaints.

    You take care,will be in touch soon...

    <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/heart.gif"> to you and yours

    Davy

     
    Old 08-16-2002, 06:01 PM   #15
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    Davy - so glad to hear you are doing so well! How many kids do you have?

    Things are starting to move now. My chiro is ordering an MRI and was supposed to call the neurosurgeon today. I'll have to wait till Monday to find out the dates, but I am excited! Its been such a long haul. I'm not the type of person to feel sorry for myself, but lately I've felt so defeated. This is what I needed to get my spirits back up! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/round.gif">

    While I'm in this sentimental mood, I have to tell the story of why I have the <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/angel.gif"> in front of my name. My daughter is five, and several months ago I was getting her bath ready. My son and husband were outside. I hadn't been feeling good and was pushing myself a little to much. Anyways as the bath was filling, I leaned over to check the temp of the water and went into a seizure. I fell in the water and continued to seize. My Angel ran outside and got my husband. Had she of left me and not went for help, I doubt I would be here right now!!! So that is why I have the angel in front of my name, so I will always remember that day! Life is so precious and so many of us take it for granted.

    Listen to me ramble.......Sorry!

    Hope all is well your way!
    <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/angel.gif"> Lisa

     
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