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#171 Old 12-10-2013, 12:24 AM
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2013 was not a good year for

2013 was not a good year for pain.
My life revolves around physical
therapy, pain management doctors,
primary doctors, pain killers,
sleepless nights in pain.

Where is my Guardian Angel.
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#172 Old 12-24-2013, 08:22 PM
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Happy Healthy Holiday & New

Happy Healthy Holiday & New Year 20l4
It was a bitter sweet year. Would like
to thank everyone for your support during
this difficult time and thank you RateMDS
for giving me a voice on this board to
express myself unconditionally.
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#173 Old 12-24-2013, 11:52 PM
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Happy Holidays. Wishing you

Happy Holidays. Wishing you happiness in 2014.
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#174 Old 02-08-2014, 01:51 PM
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2014 Update First its been a

2014 Update

First its been a terrible harsh cold winter and
just looking forward to Spring.

On February.28, 2014 I will be going back to
court to get my rewards from WC. Hope everyone
on the RateMDS board is doing well.
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#175 Old 02-09-2014, 04:43 PM
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I can SO relate to your

I can SO relate to your story. I was goaded into spinal fusion surgery (L4-5, L5-S1) by my primary care physician. I put it off for 2 years, went through extensive physical therapy, explored disk replacement, sought a second opinion at UCLA, talked to the surgeon's patients. When all else failed, I relented and had the surgery. What a disaster! My pre-surgery sciatica was on my left side. When I came out of surgery, my RIGHT leg was numb from hip to toe. And I had a spinal fluid leak that required going into surgery again. A "one week" hospital stay ended up being 30 days. The right leg neuropathy persisted. I complained constantly to the surgeon. He ordered a CT myelogram, which I had done. When I called to schedule a follow-up appt. with the surgeon (this was ~2 months after leaving the hospital), I couldn't reach anyone at his office. Long story short, the surgeon skipped the country! No one knew, or was willing to say, why. My GP who had referred him to me, was also in the dark(or so he said).

Well, my life has completely changed. I now suffer from chronic pain, much worse than the pre-surgery pain, and gawdawful nerve pain in my right leg that makes every day a new and different experience in misery - burning, stabbing, stinging, shocking - you name it, it has happened. My leg has a mind of its own, twitching and cramping and causing general mayhem, including screwing up my balance. I've had several falls as a result of it.

I would have LOVED to sue the pants off the surgeon, but, well, he has disappeared to who-knows-where. I tell everyone who will listen: DO NOT HAVE SPINAL FUSION SURGERY!!!
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#176 Old 03-13-2014, 11:23 AM
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Thank you kindly Daffygrl for

Thank you kindly Daffygrl for responding to my posting.
I feel your pain and it seems yours is worse then mind,
but I also almost lost my life.

Fusion Surgery is Old Medical School Barbaric Surgery
and should be banned. Bottom line, it's all about the
money. The doctors, the hospital, the therapies, it
keeps everyone employed and busy while the patient suffers.

Sorry to hear the coward surgeon who skipped the country
and left you hanging. Take one day at a time. You'll have
good days that will become better days and bad days that
will get worse.

Also sorry that you didn't read my posting before going
forward with the surgery. Remember that you probably
signed release forms at the hospital protecting everyone
but the patient.

Someday things will change for the better. In the mean
time these barbaric doctors will just keep doing whatever they
feel like doing. Take care of yourself, my prayers are
with you.
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#177 Old 04-16-2014, 03:56 PM
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Dealing With Balance Issues.

Dealing With Balance Issues. I've noticed if I stand to straight I lose my balance to the point of falling back which can be very dangerous if I'm not able to hold on to something. Again these are issues being caused by this fusion surgery on my back. I just can't get a break.
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#178 Old 05-05-2014, 12:43 AM
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Taking one day at a time.

Taking one day at a time. There are good days
that get better and there are days I don't even
wanna get up and do anything.

Back Fusion Surgery should be the last option on
your list. Seek out alternatives that are less
evasive.
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#179 Old 05-31-2014, 10:18 PM
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Can anyone give me some

Can anyone give me some information on C2 Laminoplasty and C3-C7 Laminoplasty with plates? I have an excellent and great doctor,who comes highy recommended, but I am so afraid. I have never had surgery before.
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#180 Old 06-21-2014, 08:14 AM
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howa4744 wrote: Can anyone

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Can anyone give me some information on C2 Laminoplasty and C3-C7 Laminoplasty with plates? I have an excellent and great doctor,who comes highy recommended, but I am so afraid. I have never had surgery before.
Sorry to hear about your condition. Briefly Cervical Laminoplasty is an alternative Surgical Intervention to Traditional Cervical Lamininectomy and Fusion. Do your due diligence via search engines before making any decision that you'll regret later on. Hope it gets better.
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