... es on it just positive. Went to a rheumatologist a week ago and he doesn't think its RA he thinks its OA. He's done some more blood work and xrays of my hips and spine and I won't know the results until the 20th when I go back. ... (9 replies)
... Try all the conservative and low end invasive (like injections) options available. What type of work do you do? Some people sail through laminectomies and are back at work at sedentary jobs in 4-6 weeks, others have a longer recovery and if you have a medium to heavy job it could be that you need 6-12 weeks off. If you are employed, find out if your employer offers Short... (11 replies)
... Surgery should always be the LAST option.
Depending on what is wrong, they can do epidural nerve blocks to find the exact problem and then do steroid injections in the same area to relive the pain and slow the degeneration of the area. If the facet joints are involved(on the back of the vertebrae) they can go in and burn off the nerve endings with radio frequency waves... (11 replies)
... Jchry, spine surgery varies not only from area to area but procedure to procedure and doctor to doctor. ... (18 replies)
... hi ,i have dish and my spine has fused it self.the answer to your question is nothing will happen,learn to build mussel. ... (1 replies)
... As someone with severe OA of the cervical spine who almost died after fusion surgery because I was becoming paralyzed...I'd suspect he's not doing anything for fear of doing major damage to you. ... (1 replies)
... cervical spine is fused but it is alot better. ... (1 replies)
Following a visit with neck/head/shoulder pain to a chiropractor in 2001 he told me upon checking the X-Rays that I had a fused vertrabrae in my Cervical Spine (neck). Genetic, my mother has it as well.
I also had this investigated a couple of years back with my GP who had an X-Ray done to confirm the same. I was given Mobic and Amitriptiline for the pain and I... (1 replies)
... If you are experiencing herniations or compressions of the cervical spine as a result of the arthritis they can be removed and the neck fused. Overall the outcome of the proceedure is very good for most people in general. ... (11 replies)
... how that pain can hit and leave you unable to put any weight on your affected side and you are stranded....been there. And with small kids. Eventually, mine just fused themselves. But this is where a rheumy can help you make that decision....I let mine be my guide on any surgery since he has nothing to gain by saying yes I did. ... (22 replies)
... it with Early Onset OA in my late teens and it hit the entire body fast. I've had some 23 ortho surgeries to fix joints including both knees replaced at 47 and 3 spine surgeries. ... (3 replies)
... Hi Denann...I'm Jenny and I've had 2 major cervical spine surgeries and am fused from C3 to T1. Arthritis in the neck is very common but so is arthritis in the jaw joint...and both can cause very similar symptoms to what you are having. ... (3 replies)
... It could very well be arthritis in your neck vertebrae. the pain from a compressed nerve can show up anywhere down to the finger tips and can mimic everything from burning to a muscle spasm type pain.
RA tends to attack the top 2 vertebrae and they don't have nerves to the arms so I suspect it's further down. But with so much arthritis, you probably have OA of the... (2 replies)
... You've worked hard to keep yourself in good shape and strong muscles do help to support the spine BUT....doing too much of even a good thing can do damage eventually. ... (3 replies)
... What this means is that you are developing arthritis in the lowest part of your spine and hips. ... (3 replies)
... His neck and lower spine are fused. He said that you just have to take things a day at a time. He works for 4 or 5 hours a day then goes home to rest. ... (7 replies)
... at they can see small areas of damage to your spinal cord, most likely from the bone spurs you are developing from arthritis. You are young for arthritis in your spine so I would wonder why you have it. ... (10 replies)
... but he seems to think I need more extensive surgery. Still having tests for that. Already fused C3 to T1 but it was from the back so the disks are still in there and may need to all come out. ... (10 replies)
... Most arthritis in the spine is osteoarthritis as RA rarely affects the spine and if it does, tends to affect the top 2 vertebrae...C1 and 2. ... (2 replies)
... I would look for a pain management doctor or clinic that treats people in chronic pain usually from spine problems or other neurologic disorders such as fibro. ... (1 replies)