... Wow you are really young to have had all of the problems with your spine,where you in a bad car wreck ? are you researching these surgeons. It seems you've had a lot of failures with your surgeries . I am facing a possible fusion at C2 /C3 .I had a fusion in 2002 of C4/C5 . I did very well ,didn't even have a noticeable scar, but at the time I had one of the best orthopedist... (5 replies)
... Have you been to any other spine surgeon for second opinions? ... (2 replies)
... rays of cervical spine taken. ... (0 replies)
... I've been having a lot of pain in my upper back between my shoulder blades all the way up to the base of my neck. Anytime I work at my desk, prepare meals at the counter, or anything that requires me to use my arms causes extreme discomfort. I had a MRI and it reads
The vertebral bodies demonstrate normal morphology. Normal alignment is seen. A small hemangioma... (0 replies)
... artificially disc replacements and not figuring out until it was too late that I'm not an ideal candidate. I have severe kyphosis and that is what was causing my spine to reject the discs. He even used my case as an example at a neuro convention. Awesome, right? ... (5 replies)
... That is a good question . I want to know if the did the other surgeries too.
Keep us updated on your progress . Hope you have a pain free night
I will be going for pre op orientation on Wednesday. Doc want to move up the surgery date since I am having some bladder control issues.
2002 fusion C4 / C5 with hardware
lots of scar tissue from previous surgery and... (5 replies)
... Did that surgeon do the other surgeries? (5 replies)
... ortable defining it for you. However, anytime anything is pressing into the central canal in the cervical area, it needs to be checked by a doctor, preferably a spine specialist to be sure it is not having a compromising affect on the spinal nerves that make up the spinal cord. ... (1 replies)
... over the past year i have experienced moderate to severe pain on a daily basis. it occurs in my neck, shoulders, mid-back, lumbar region, i have weak aching legs, & weakness in my arms. i have tried all known conservative treatments to no avail.
unfortunately due to gastrits, any pain medication so far prescribed for me has given me severe stomach pain. i can take muscle... (0 replies)
... I am a 60 year old female, 5'5" tall, 157 lbs. This goes back a while. In 2010-2011 I had only one symptom - intense itching on both arms from upper arm to the wrist, I saw 5 different doctors (PCP, Allergist, Dermatologist, chiropractor, and Neurologist). I had an MRI done per my dermatologist which I took to the Neurologist. Neurologist only remark was pinched nerve... (1 replies)
... If the spinal cord is not impacted, the patient with cervical spine issues would primarily feel symptoms in the upper part of the body...the head, neck, arms, hands and fingers.... ... (11 replies)
... I want to lose weight anyway ...... but the fact it affects my spine adds even more desire for me to lose weight. ... (7 replies)
... ell go away with conservative treatments as well. One of the problems with surgery is that it can be a slippery slope and lead to more surgeries. So you and your spine specialist need to weigh the options. Usually, conservative methods are tried before surgery. ... (7 replies)
... Hi, I was wondering if someone could interpret my MRI results for me. They sound pretty scary to me and I would like to understand them so I am better equipped when I see the doctor. I am awaiting an appointment with a spine doctor; within 4 weeks I am assured.
Here are my results:
-Straightening and slight reversal of the normal cervical lordosis.
-At C3/4, there is... (11 replies)
... Hi! This is my first post, surprisingly.. I probably should have done this a long time ago.
Here's my situation-
Starting in 2008 (age 28), I had an artificial disc replacement at c5-6 level to treat a herniated disc with cord encroachment. Every year for the next four years I had 4 surgeries. Now, 2.5 years after my last surgery (age 35), I'm looking at a 6th. This one... (5 replies)
... and honest from the start. They didn't promise a total cure all and I had no illusions about being miraculously cured of all the problems which I think a lot of spine surgery patients are told. ... (9 replies)
... The doctor he is referring me to is a spine specialist, and studied at John Hopkins. Has high marks for his expertise and length of practice. Slightly lower marks for bedside manner. ... (6 replies)
... careful with surgeon selection. They may be great at various head surgeries for instance but if they don't specialize in spines only I wouldn't.let them touch my spine and the wont be the experts in spine treatment. You are correct that most surgeons tend to have high opinions of their.skills and that can compound this problem. ... (6 replies)
... Thank you both so much for your time and thoughtfulness to reply.
I did leave out (on here) that I am having bladder and bowel issues. And yes there is some weakness of my left arm and leg. Also I get muscle spasms on my right rib area.
I went from just using a cane to using a rolling walker full time. My PC thought my condition was bad enough to recommend a service... (6 replies)
... Thank you for confirming that the term is often used that way.
I am definitely having issues and that is why the MRI was done in the first place. No weakness anywhere though. Just paresthesia and urinary urgency that comes and goes over the last 6 months. The weird thing is that they alternate like a switch. When I have urgency I have no other symptoms. Then a switch... (4 replies)