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I need a second opinion doctor stoll

Posted by NAOMI on July 22, 2001 at 00:29:57:

I have been on pain medicines for two years and I have had 8 cervical epidurals all together. I have had physical therapy and none of these have helped. The medicine now that i am taking is Oxycontin 20mg 4 times daily and Restoril 30mg at night. I am still not sleeping well and the pain is still unbearable at time. I just seen a neurosurgeon last week and he thinks it is time for me to have an Anterior Cervical Discectomy with titanium cages using donor bone. I would like to know what your opinion is or should i go have another neurosurgeons opinion here is my diagnosis below first my MRI results and then my Myelogram results. The neurosurgeon said that my C5-6 rupture was pressing into my spinal cord. What is your take on the situation?
Naomi
1. DISC NARROWING AT C5-6 WITH CENTRAL EXTRUSION OF DISC MATERIAL IMPINGING ON THE CERVICAL CORD AND BILATERAL HYPERTROPHY OF THE UNCINATE PROCESSES CAUSING MILD BILATERAL NEURAL FORAMINAL NARROWING.
2. DISC SPACE NARROWING AT C6-7 WITH CENTRAL AND SLIGHT LEFT PARAMEDIAN DISC EXTRUSION ABUTTING THE CERVICAL CORD WITH UNCINATE HYPERTROPHY BILATERALLY, SLIGHTLY MORE. PRONOUNCED ON THE LEFT THAN THE RIGHT CAUSING NEURAL FORAMINAL NARROWING.
AND THIS IS MY MYELOGRAM RESULTS
conclusion: DEGENERATIVE CHANGES AT THE C5-6 LEVEL. THIS MAY REPRESENT POSTERIOR MARGINAL OSTEOPHYTES POSSIBLY WITH HARD DISC FORMATION OR BULGING DISC.
conclusion: 1> CENTRAL DISC PROTRUSION C5-6 WITH MODERATE SPINAL STENOSIS. 2> LEFT PARACENTRAL FOCAL DISC PROTRUSION OR BULGE C6-7 WITH MILD TO MODERATE SPINAL STENOSIS
thanks



Re: I need a second opinion doctor stoll (Archive in bracing.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on July 24, 2001 at 09:09:24:

In Reply to: I need a second opinion doctor stoll posted by NAOMI on July 22, 2001 at 00:29:57:

Hi, Naomi.

This report just is an example of what can happen if the "physician" totally ignores the causes and only goes for treating the symptoms--THE ALLOPATHIC PARADIGM.

"To a hammer, everything looks like a nail!"

Even though this is VERY late in the game, it is still not too late for you to help yourself with the information in the archives about spinal problems and about bracing. See the glossary for any unfamiliar terms.

It is criminal that you were not given that information BEFORE you had the first surgery. Now you have to deal with your original problem AND the damage of multiple surgeries.

I am not ruling out future surgeries but, without your dealing with your bracing, they will likely fail just like all the rest.

Let us know what you learn and how you do.

Walt




Re: I need a second opinion doctor stoll (Archive in bracing.)

Posted by Louise Miller on July 25, 2001 at 00:56:37:

In Reply to: Re: I need a second opinion doctor stoll (Archive in bracing.) posted by Walt Stoll on July 24, 2001 at 09:09:24:

In September 1999 I had a lapenectomy at L-3. If I had to do it again I would Considering I was unable to drive used a wheel chair in all public places and was on medications constantly with E.R. visits before surgery. After physical therapy I returned to work in January 2000. Sure there was pain and at the time of the accident there was herniation at L-5 S-1 but the size and my age did not warrant anything to be done. I also still had the neurogenic problems, neck pain, but the most confusing was this pain that I call "crisis pain." I can do something as simple as sneeze and will be in bed for days doing stretching exercizes and taking antiinflamatories and if horrible then pain and muscle relaxatants as well. The long and short of this is that in Mar.2000 I was again taken off of work. Last week I had my second surgical opinion that concurs with my surgeon for a fusion at L-5 S-1. I have read everything at the library on the subject and cannot tell you how many books talk about post herniation above or below the fusion. I am told there are no percentages regarding the neurogenic prob.getting better nor anything for the "crisis" pain which keeps me from working but that this surgery will decrease my daily pain by 50%. I have had daily pain since the accident but the daily pain is not the top priority here. Today I just found out about something called IDET and somehow looking at that I found you. Just what alternatives are there and where do I find out about them?



Re: I need a second opinion doctor stoll (Archive in bracing.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on July 26, 2001 at 14:18:36:

In Reply to: Re: I need a second opinion doctor stoll (Archive in bracing.) posted by Louise Miller on July 25, 2001 at 00:56:37:

Thanks, Louise.

30% of spinal problems (for which surgery has been suggested) get results like you are describing. 30% get worse and 30% stay the same.

The alternatives, which are ALWAYS helpful--even with a failed surgery--are described inthe archives for spinal problems.

Let us know what you learn.

Walt

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