... Thank you! I am actually going to see a new doctor tomorrow for a 2nd opinion and plan to ask about this along with my other issues relating to my lumbar spine. I will keep the board informed as to what I find out! (2 replies)
... There is also "straightening of the normal cervical lordosis" which means that normally, your cervical spine is slightly curved and yours has straightened. ... (2 replies)
... I'm not a Dr, but I suggest you see a spine specialist about this you if you are currently not. They can help correlate symptoms with your MRI and recommend appropriate treatment. ... (3 replies)
... The arthritis in your spine is likely to get worse over time without treatment. Physical therapy can be very useful to help stabilize the spine and teach proper posture, as well as strengthen supporting muscles. ... (2 replies)
... Thanks for the input. Your statement that spondylolysthesis doesn't get better certainly hits home for me. As the days are going by the pain just really isn't going away. This week was the first time I cried from the pain. I don't want to live on acetominophen since I don't take NSAIDs. And really, those things don't really get the nerve pain. I have started the exercises in... (6 replies)
... From looking at your clinical picture I would say that surgery was recommended due to having increased symptoms indicative of myelopathy (numbness and tingling in your arm and foot) at the 2 week point. It's hard to tell what happened in your situation. It's possible that the PT/traction actually helped and the disk moved off your cord to some degree. It's possible that the... (23 replies)
... Bone spurs, arthritis, central and foraminal stenosis, straightening of the spine and DDD. There are a lot of people on this board with similar issues and we will tr and provide what help we can. ... (3 replies)
... L5 spondylolisthesis and severe stenosis in both foramen and central canal. In my case, due to the curve of my spine at this point, and my slippage, whenever I was on my feet the pain was excruciating. ... (6 replies)
... There may be a few quacks out there that do unnecessary surgeries but most properly trained spine surgeons recommend surgery as a last resort. Most are so busy trying to keep up with their patients who need surgery that they don't need any new business. ... (23 replies)
... Wow! Thanks Moonstar22, teteri66 and ChuckStr for your great replies. I must tell you I worked as a CNA on a Orthopedic floor so I saw lots of back surgeries, and I know the folks in the most pain were the ones who donated their own bone from the pelvis for fusions, and the ones who had surgery from the front. And after seeing so many people in Voc Rehab where I used to work,... (6 replies)
... I had the same condition and symptoms; had a bi-level discectomy and fusion c4-6 in 1994, with donor bone. Complete relief of all symptoms, about 4 weeks to get back to normal activity. No problems, absolutely the best thing to do because the herniated discs pressing on the spinal cord will never heal on its own and will cause increasing pain and loss of function.
Now I have... (23 replies)
... and my symptoms have reduced greatly with PT, traction etc. When I checked with 5 different spine surgeons they all had differing opinions which helped cement my decision to not have surgery. ... (23 replies)
... I would definitely discuss this with the spine specialist. I don't really know if you can get another opinion or not with it being Work Comp, but if you can, I would recommend that as well. ... (1 replies)
... y get more opinions from surgeons. The idea of going to a surgeon who no longer does surgery is an interesting one. In the small sample I had, I found that ortho spine surgeons tended to be conservative while neuro ones tended to favor surgery earlier. If you get the same advice from everyone that would be a good clue. ... (6 replies)
... slippage but I had nearly complete central canal stenosis and the foramen showed only the teensiest opening. I went to 8 different spine surgeons for opinions because I kept believing there had to be some newer procedures than a fusion. ... (6 replies)
... I am glad to know that you are consulting with another spine specialist, it's always good to get a 2nd opinion. Please let us know how that goes.? ... (6 replies)
... Hi everyone,
I'm new here, but anyway--- I am worried about having cauda equina syndrome. Here are my "specs."
I am 44 years old. I was never in an accident, I just seem to be in rapid
decline-- I do have DDD. Someone just pressed the ff >> button.
I'm about to have my 4th back surgery.
1st fusion surgery failed at L3/4 in January 2011
and had to be redone in... (1 replies)
... ower back at work in Feb 2014. After seeing the work comp docs they said it was a straind muscle and deemed it not work related. Luckily Work Comp sent me to a spine specialist and said his findings would be final. Went to see the specialist and he said it indeed was work related and recommended an MRI. ... (1 replies)
... thanks for info, didnt know the disc numbers, docs dont tell me that, been told trapped nerve by hosp doc. years ago was told its degeneration disease of spine 2nd disk from bottom, the vertabrae think it called is coming out. or thinning, like arthritus of which have in knees as well. ... (5 replies)
... I had foraminal surgery in the lumbar spine and it was a breeze...but there is more room in lumbar than there is in the cervical area, so your experience may be very different. ... (2 replies)