... On my follow up visit with my physiatrist he recommended I have a consult with a neuro spine surgeon. My appointment with the surgeon is in a couple of days. I feel very fortunate to get into see this surgeon who is very hard to get in to see. ... (2 replies)
... It is extremely normal to feel exhausted after spine surgery, and it lasts for months. It can take up to a year to regain normal levels of energy...but many begin to feel somewhat better around 12 weeks. ... (1 replies)
... I am a 60 year old female with a history of longstanding spinal stenosis. 14 years ago, I had a two level anterior foramenectomy without fusion due to bone spurs compressing the nerves and causing loss of function of my hand. The surgery was a success.
I have had increased pain throughout my necktie the past anout 4 months ago, I developed pain and heaviness in my... (2 replies)
... Hi! It sounds like you have a lot going on there (very similar to what to I was experiencing when I attempted PT). My first day of PT my Therapist went over my MRI with me and was very concerned about starting any type of PT at that time and wrote back to my Doctor that at this point I wouldn't be a candidate for PT.
I highly recommend the PT you are seeing are very... (4 replies)
... Welcome to the board. I am a believer in seeing the spine specialist first for an accurate diagnosis and plan of treatment. Many spine surgeons like to direct the patient's care even when surgery is not needed, deciding whether pain management is necessary, referring to physical therapy, etc. ... (4 replies)
... I have recently had a MRI of cervical spine due to constant headache, neck and shoulder pain. ... (4 replies)
... Welcome to the board. A MRI of the cervical spine will show both the front and back sides...so I am not sure what you mean by a "posterior cervical MRI. ... (2 replies)
... rtebral endplates that they fasten to. Consequently as we age, discs tend to lose moisture and flatten out and the disc spaces narrow. The sad part is that the spine begins the aging process in our twenties! Just daily living takes its toll and the spine begins to show degenerative changes, often beginning with the discs. ... (3 replies)
... sequence images were obtained through the cervical spine without the use of IV contrast. Standardsequences were obtained. ... (3 replies)
... Discs are comprised of around 90% "water" but there are no vessels that run through to replenish it. As a result, the discs begin to lose moisture and eventually dry out as we age...and, the process of spinal aging begins in our 20s. Lifestyles and genetics make this process happen sooner or later in some, but, we all lose moisture through the discs as we live our lives.
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... Your stenosis is in the neural foramen which are openings between the vertebrae through which the spinal nerve exits the spine and goes out to innervate a particular part of the body. There is only so much room in this opening. ... (4 replies)
... Saw one other neurosurgeon who is highly recommended by 3 doctors. My right side is significantly weaker now I also have reduced sensation. It is getting more painful. The neurosurgeon is concerned that not only are the nerves in coming out of the neural foramen compressed but the spinal chord may be compresses also. He wants me to have a mylogram ASAP. With the amount of... (0 replies)
... Dear Friends,
I'd be the first to say that I was not an expert in ANY of this. NOT AT ALL. In fact, sitting here, I just feel lost.
Can you help this 60 year old Caucasian male? I would be ever so grateful if you could.
I was feeling some momentary bouts of pain, some sensations like electrical shocks and certain tinglings in my arms and hands at times and so... (4 replies)
... 14 years ago, I traveled to a neurosurgeon in Pittsburg for a 2 level anterior foramenectomy without fusion. My pain level went from an 8 to a 3 and I regained full function of my arm and hand from the surgery. The neurosurgeon had warned me not to let anybody fuse me. He said that I would end up permanently disabled (domino effect). I sent the neurosurgeon my MRI. I am seeing... (2 replies)
... s narrowing. It mainly occurs in two areas of the spine...in the central canal and in the neuroforamen. These are openings through which spinal nerves exit the spine to go out to the part of the body that particular nerve innervates... ... (1 replies)
... So sorry to hear about your new symptoms and the difficult decision ahead! I don't have any insights to offer, but I wanted to reach out to send you a comforting hug and let you know that I do understand. I look forward hearing more about how you are doing. (2 replies)
... Don't worry about that till at least several months have gone by. Nerve damage heals from the spine outward, so the thumb would take the longest or, be the last to "wake up. ... (25 replies)
... urgery becomes necessary. My husband ruptured a lower lumbar disc twenty years ago and was able to avoid surgery...so it is possible...but usually, if told by a spine surgeon your issues are severe enough to require surgery, surgery is done. ... (1 replies)
... Welcome to the board. This does not sound like any spine issue I am familiar with...which, of course doesn't mean much! It sounds more like an internal organ type of thing. Has she been to her doctor? ... (2 replies)
... hoping someone can provide some advice! My mom has osteoroporosis. A few months ago, she got a couple of fractures in her spine..was managing the pain, did some BoneFit exercises, and gradually became more mobile.
Recently she stretched her arm to do something and suffered extreme pain again..we think she may have had another fracture. But now her stomach is bulging..can eat... (2 replies)