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multiple spine problems

Started by jbubbak on 12/23/2011 12:36pm

My name is James and I am new on here, my problem is a few different things. First is degenerative disc disease, with spinal stenosis, scoliosis, and finally ankyling spondylitis. I would appreciate and help that can be given. always in pain and dont know what to do. Also I have herniated disc and have been told that surgery would be of no benefit to me? PLEASE HELP!!!!

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Did they give you a plan? If not surgery then PT?

May I ask what happened to cause these problems?

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back in 2000 i had a bad fall while working in the plants. there i herniated some discs. doctors released me after 1 year. they were workers comp drs. when they released me, it was back to full duty, and over the years my back had more damage done to it. all in the lumbar vertabrea. therapy is what i am currently doing, however i am not progressing, as the drs. thought i would.

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That is not good. I am sorry to hear about your injuries.

I have been getting my back fixed since 1996. I just had my 12th surgery. I am pretty much 80% fused in my whole spine. Cervical, thoracic and lumbar. I have 1 surgery left.

I have been through a lot, medically, so let me know if you have and questions. I have DDD, spondy, stenosis and that's just the top 3.

Surgery is very controversial on this site, but I can tell you I would have no quality of life without it. It really is a personal choice.

Take care and hit me up if you need. ~Kate

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I've had a simple L5-S1 fusion that I will never regret, disc was worn into 3 small pieces and I was told repeadly over a 2yr period by a neuorosurgeon and back surgeon I didn't need surgery?? 3rd real back surgeon actually asked who/what Doc told me that. Walking that nite, swimming a mile with-in 30 days. 5 months later T11-T12 XLIF fusion (that has caused me to loose disc above the fusion site 3 levels up, so when you loose a link in the middle you may pay a price) from an old blown disc and 4 compression fractures while racing MX, we heal better when we are 20 and I just wore 2 elastic belts for 3 months. If you have good insurance you may not need a referral, I didn't, BCBS. There a numerous major practices that specialize in just spinal surgery and I would suggest one of those with laser and minimal invasive endoscopic. Get a couple of opinions as they usually will review your MRI and/or CT scans for free when your are a substantial distance away. It is very confusing the different opinions you may get so I have relied on my Primary care Doc and pain management Doc but my gut instinct has been the best after meeting the Doc face to face. I just had a 4 level Facet Rhizotomy that has taken my gutwrenching spasms away and was actually told by one neurosurgeon that didn't exist. I only found 3 Docs on the east coast that do that on the thoracic but the Doc I chose spent 45mins talking with me about what/why and was truly emphatic for my pain. Good luck and there is a lot of support on here.

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hey kate, i am james. those are my top 4 they would not allow me to also put ankyling spondylisis, npt sure about the spelling. it is a type of arthritis that over time slowly bend your spine towards to front. and i am only 36 years old, so it is scary to think about what the future holds for me as i age. i want to thank you for letting me chat with you, about our back issues.

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hey kate, i am james. those are my top 4 they would not allow me to also put ankyling spondylisis, npt sure about the spelling. it is a type of arthritis that over time slowly bend your spine towards to front. and i am only 36 years old, so it is scary to think about what the future holds for me as i age. i want to thank you for letting me chat with you, about our back issues.

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Hay Howdy James,
Name here is Ray and I have had a damaged spine since 1998.. Fractured 2 in my neck and crushed 3 in my thorasic.. Have had a numb left thigh ever sice with the asociated pain and burning along with lots of pain.. Pain meds. can help but are just a crutch like anything else.. Ohio BWC forced me back to work after I learned how to walk agan and I grunted it out for 12 years before I called it quits in March of 2011.. With the damage I have the doctors told me odds were slim that they could improve my situation and to not let someone talk you into surgery.. Had a BWC doctor try to tell me that all I needed was an implant that would numb my damaged area, what a quack.. If you do that you run the risk of doing more damage and not knowing it until you crush a nerve root and paralize yourself.. Surgery has the best odds for someone with 1 or 2 points of damage.. With more the odds go down and the chance you will require more go up along with the chance they can make it worse.. My crushed areas were on the inside which is about the hardest area to reach.. So I have filed for disability and am praying that it goes thru so we don't loose our house.. Sorry to say but best thing for many sufferers is to do less to agrivate less.. Some people have had temporary relief by using a strecher aka the back rack which relieves pressure and straightens it out although it has risks as well..

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