... I do remember reading somewhere that they don't like to operate on the thoracic spine because the space is so small between the spine and spinal cord. ... (3 replies)
... for me to use the bathroom and can barely feel when I pee.I have to constantly hide my hands from any kind of air flow and also water hurts horribly.Recently my spine doctor told me I have cervical myelolamacia, that my nerve damage is permanent.Has any one else been diagnosed as this and having the same problems as I? ... (0 replies)
... permanent symptoms and may worsen. If your ortho is a fellowship trained spine specialist I would see him as soon as you can. ... (3 replies)
... Prolotherapy can be very effective in treating laxity at any level of the spine. Just as with selecting a spine surgeon, it is very important to find someone who has a lot of experience with this treatment. ... (1 replies)
... If the MRI isn't clear the myelogram makes sense. It should give a good view of the roots and let him see the cyst and the surgery site more clearly. A spine CT has radiation equivalent to about 2 years of background radiation exposure. This increases your risk of dying from cancer about . ... (5 replies)
... There are 7 cervical vertebra named C1 (at the top of your spine) through C7 (bottom of your neck). Each pair has a spongy disk between them to allow cushioning and flexibility.
multilevel degenerative disk changes - over time, or due to arthritis or injury the spongy disk starts to degenerate. Multilevel means across multiple vertebrae.
disk protrusions - degenerative... (2 replies)
... I just wanted to add, I am not asking for medical advise or diagnosis... I am just wanting to know mainly if anyone else has had similar issues and how they are doing?? I understand that this board is no substitute for medical advise and I am going to consult with my ortho...but just wanted to know if someone knows what this means... (3 replies)
... Hi! I'm new to the boards...I have a few questions as I have no idea what is going on with my back.
I had an MRI 2 years ago and didn't really think too much about it until now. I am getting ready for my disability hearing coming up in November and my attorney mentioned that my MRI showed flattening of my thoracic spinal canal. This was the first I had heard anything about... (3 replies)
... Thank you for your responses ......ChuckStr...yes the nerve block is with
fluoroscopy. It's being done for pain relief, (hopefully) in my thighs, left side of butt and down the back of my left leg where I sometimes get shooting pains. My PM Dr is doing it, he's also a anesthesiologist. There will be 3 injections. I had a discogram & scared it will all hurt like that did.... (5 replies)
... I developed some twitches in my legs at the same time and my spine surgeon suggested a neuro consult. ... (6 replies)
... The spine program I'm going to get a referral to is at University of Michigan ... I think it would make a lot more sense than neurosurgery. ... (6 replies)
... Hi mc,
you are very, very, very, early in your recovery. You are going to have to have patience. Your right, everyone heals different but you have to give it much more time.
I am 9 1/2 months post opp but I had L1 to L5 fused & reconstructed in a DLIF surgery. They went in thru my left side and then put me on my stomach to put in 2 rods, 10 incisions on my back, too.
I... (1 replies)
... Inserted the donor graft and cages. Closed me up then turn me on my stomach to make an incision on my lower spine to put in the hardware. They said when they go in through the side it seems to create severe nerve pain on the opposite side of where they went in. ... (1 replies)
... like symptoms like numbness and tingling so I went to see an MS specialist neuro who was fantastic. She had an MRI of my spine done as well and basically said that since the clinical and MRI pictures weren't really indicative of MS that we should watch the lesions. ... (4 replies)
... What has your experience with ms or cervical spine issues been like? ... (4 replies)
... The neuro ordered an MRI of my C Spine a new Brain MRI and a Spinal Tap. I am now waiting for the results of these two tests. ... (4 replies)
... I second the suggestion to see an orthopedic spine surgeon for a consultation. Their training is similar to that of the neurosurgeon but they often approach things slightly differently. ... (2 replies)
... Alternating ice and heat was helpful for me. Pain medication specifically for nerve pain was also useful (things like Gabapentin).
Are they trying to confirm the pinched nerve? How did they diagnose that in the first place, did you have an MRI, CT, xrays? A nerve conduction study may help exclude other conditions such as neuropathies, but it won't confirm radiculopathy. If... (1 replies)
... resolved weakness and minimal atrophy of my forearm and upper arm muscles. Scary stuff. One neurologist I went to thought brachial plexopathy, the other thought spine stuff and 5 different spine specialists all thought spine. I think I believe them but the fact my arm is still a little bit weak and atrophied worries me. ... (6 replies)
... You mention you tried PT. A good PT would have given you exercises to help strengthen the muscles to try to stabilize your spine as much as possible. ... (2 replies)