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    Old 06-21-2003, 06:38 AM   #1
    go*big*red
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    Hi!

    I usually post on the back board, but thought this might be the board to pose this question. I'm not going to bore anyone with my history, but is listed in my signature line (albiet in a nutshell - at least it gives you an idea)

    I have just recently had an MRI on my neck not listed on my signature line and it showed 2 shot discs in my neck and 3 of the thoracic discs showing on the MRI are badly bulging. Two of the three thoracic discs that showed on my first lumbar MRI are also bulging badly.

    So.......my question is this - aside from just sick discs, how does this happen? I know my discs are drying but I thought the thoracic were pretty safe because they are immobile due to the ribs.

    Any info would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks alot and I hope all are having as good a day as you can.

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    gbr

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    2 Discograms
    4 Level failed IDET
    4 Confirmed torn lumbar discs, 2 full thickness
    Issues now with c-spine & thoracic
    Fusion of L5/S1 scheduled 3/5/03
    Fusion successful - feeling better all the time

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    Old 06-21-2003, 12:39 PM   #2
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    Anyone?

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    gbr

    JDD
    2 Discograms
    4 Level failed IDET
    4 Confirmed torn lumbar discs, 2 full thickness
    Issues now with c-spine & thoracic
    Fusion of L5/S1 scheduled 3/5/03
    Fusion successful - feeling better all the time
    Major pain on L side of neck to shoulder - MRI revealed 2 shot discs (C5/6 & 6/7)
    3 upper thoracic discs bulging as well
    __________________
    PLIF 3/03
    2 level ACDF 10/03
    Redo 10/04 & hdwr remove L5/S1
    10/10/06 PLIF L4/5, Dynesys L3/4

     
    Old 06-22-2003, 05:01 AM   #3
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    sounds like you got a crummy set of discs. i don't know why any of this happens. seems to me that the body does a lot of compenstating and can make things worse in the process.

    sue

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    repair torn labrum 7/2000
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    results are in, the fusion never fully healed. =/
    revision and an overhaul surgery set for June 27th
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    L5 fused early 80's for spondylolisthesis
    2 level acdf 6/2000
    repair torn labrum 7/2000
    shoulder impingement 5/2003
    results are in, the fusion never fully healed. =/
    revision and an overhaul surgery set for June 27th

     
    Old 06-23-2003, 02:20 PM   #4
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    Hi, Sue

    Thanks for the reply. I actually had read it and replyed myself yesterday, but somehow the post got lost!

    Anyway, I always just thought that the thoracic discs were pretty much protected from bulges and tears and herniations and such due to them being so immobile. (At least in the absence of a trauma) Guess I was wrong, wrong, wrong.

    I see that you have a surgery scheduled for the end of the week. What exactly are they going to do and how are you doing? Jitters getting to you or are you basically excited for some answers - finally?

    Thanks again.

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    gbr

    JDD
    2 Discograms
    4 Level failed IDET
    4 Confirmed torn lumbar discs, 2 full thickness
    Issues now with c-spine & thoracic
    Fusion of L5/S1 scheduled 3/5/03
    Fusion successful - feeling better all the time
    Major pain on L side of neck to shoulder - MRI revealed 2 shot discs (C5/6 & 6/7)
    3 upper thoracic discs bulging as well
    __________________
    PLIF 3/03
    2 level ACDF 10/03
    Redo 10/04 & hdwr remove L5/S1
    10/10/06 PLIF L4/5, Dynesys L3/4

     
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