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My Spine, Your Spine, Our Spine.

Started by mipaji on 04/22/2010 8:51am

Hi all. I'm new though I'm sure my first entry will not be a new question for any spine forum. I have had cervical spine surgery twice and Lumbar surgery once. Both are in varied degrees of what I've heard termed as failure. Symptoms are back and getting bad again. On top of that, a recent MRI has revealed two disk herniations at T8 through T10. Both are pressing against the spinal cord. What is a most frustrating addition to these problems is that I have yet to find a specialist in or around my area that adresses the "entire" spine. I'm so tired of being broken down into components like an old home stereo system. I'm still a whole person the last time I looked in the mirror. I understand the need for "specialized" areas of medicine but honestly...I need a Gregory House right now. The great diagnostician is out there. What keeps me from finding him/her is one aggravating and debilitating fact...I am on medicaid. For the most part I am quite blessed and grateful to have medicaid. In my present situation and conditions it's a living hell. Referrals seem to take precedence over actual needs. Let me say I do understand the office/clinic end of healthcare in this country. I just don't think that the patient is at the top of the list of priorities as they should be. In closing I'm not calling for the Waaaaambulance! I'm just saying I'm suffering way too much to justify these delays when I stand a greater chance of becomming incapacitated.

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Hi...I was diagnosed with Scoliosis, after a severe appendicitis attack in 1973. A couple of months later, I had my S curve (46. 48 degrees) somewhat corrected by a fourteen level fusion and a long Harrington rod. About 7 years later, I had a failed fusion and more surgery, removing the old H rod and inserting two smaller ones, blah, blah, blah...etc. I have had multiple surgeries, including threenhip replacements. I am only 54. I can't turn my head fully to either side, and con only sleep on my sides.... Now, in addtion to the othen I er previous sources of chronic pain, my arms go numb when I sleep, and I can't get comfortable. I wake up with arm pain, leg pain, and neck pain. I feel like the only person in the world with all these problems! On top of all that I have Systemic Lupus. I am trying to find some resource that can advise me on special beds, and special excercise, possibly some kind of specially designed yoga.

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WOW! Well written, fair, and to the point. Great post. I wish to add - ME TOO!!!!!!!!

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Starwish624...... Thank you for you comment. It means alot to know someone "gets it". Do you have any suggestions?

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