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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 2:33 pm 
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Hey guys,

New to the board but I have some spine issues I wanted to get some advise on. I have a bulging disc in my neck (C5) and two compression fractures in my mid back (T5 and T6). The fractures aren't bad and my doc says they will heal on their own BUT the he says the disc is going to need surgery. I've had an MRI and it looks like two are bulging to me. I've got lots of pain running down my arm and my thumb and pointer finger stay numb most of the time.

My questions is what types of fixes are there? I know about the discectomy and fusion and I don't like the sound of it. I still race a bunch and I don't want anything to make my spine more vulnerable or that will cause more problems later. I've read a little about laser treatments and they seem much less invasive. Anybody have any experience with this or recommendations?

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 08, 2010 11:15 am 
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I've been reading about replacement disc's too. Look very promising and without some of the ill effects of a fusion. Kinda of a gnarly surgery though. Anybody have a take on this?

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 4:57 pm 
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Just got back from my Doc. He wants to fuse it. That's not happening. MRI reports calls it mild foraminal narrowing at C5-C6 (Stenosis). Wouldn't a port job be better? Anyone.....???

Plan on resting it over the winter with a healthy dose of anti-inflammatorys.


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Dr. Augustine wants to talk to you. Please email me your phone number and he will call you when he gets a chance.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:29 pm 
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Going for a spinal injection next week. Things are much better but still have a stinger in my right arm/neck. Not a big fan of needles or cortisone but looking for some relief. Any experience with epidural injections?

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 8:33 pm 
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No, except for the epidural my wife got for both of our kids births. Didn't look like it hurt too bad :) You'll be fine!

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 4:21 pm 
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How did this one turn out Tim and mx 361?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 6:23 pm 
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@ motojoel,

Got the injections, two of them actually. Helped for about 2 weeks. Still having pain and numbness and not sure what to do. Been to rehab, chiropractors and Physiatric doctors. Thinking of going back to my original neural surgeon and asking about a Laminotomy. It's basically a port job for your spine. :lol: Don't really want any surgery but that seems much less brutal than a fusion. Open to suggestions.

On a good note, the pain is less severe and I can ride ok. :D


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2011 2:46 pm 
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Hi;

sounds like you're on the right track if Dr. Augustine has been able to speak with you. You are always best to start with the most conservative options and as they fail, progress on to the more invasive optoins. This often looks like "conservative treatment / therapy-----> medications / injections --------> surgery". The spinal injections are a good idea, but their benefits will not be permanent. Similarly, it's not always a good idea to get too many repeated injections (especially if they're injecting a corticosteroid). I read that you've been to both a chiropractor and physiotherapist.....have they tried long axis traction? I have a lot of stenosis patients and while we certainly can't take their stenosis away, we're often able to reduce their symptoms enough through traction and careful manipulation to put off the surgery date.

and good analogy with the "porting" reference...it's pretty accurate!

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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 11:45 am 
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Thanks so much for the advise Dr. Macdonald. Yeah surgery is at the bottom of my list.

In an odd twist, while I've been waiting to get in to see a specialist at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, IL. It's gotten MUCH better. It's about 95% gone.

I invested in a home tens unit, inversion table and a pneumatic cervical collar. All have been GREAT. Pretty amazing what your body can do if you give it time.

Still have an appointment for June 16th and I'm going to go and at least get in the system there as I'm pretty sure at some point in my life this is going to need attention. But for now things are FINALLY good and gonna put the "Port Job" off for now. :lol:

The stem cell and/or nano bot researchers need to get after it. An aftermarket spine would be nice. Maybe knees by Ohlins? :shock:

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