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boxiebboxie Posts: 10
edited 02/22/2013 - 4:11 PM in New Member Introductions
Hi my name is Leslie. I am 45 yrs old. 8 yrs ago I had an injury, fell about 6ft and landing I believe on my head. From this I have had 2 cervical surgeries 2005 and 2008. 2005 surgery was at 2 levels, it was a success until the disk above blew causing meto have a total neck fusion. I had 1 good disk between C4 that wasnt herniated at the time of my first surgery, when this blew they fused the whole thing in 2008. I have done well with this I believe although I have some residual numbness and tingling accopanied with headaches and migraines. I am better than before and grateful.
From this same accident I have Thoracic issues. I am oblivious as what to do? I have been told by more than one Doctor that I need Thoracic surgery. As you all know this is a rather involved surgery as it is very dangerous,and morbitity is an issue. Laproscopic option takes out the disk and nothing is put back in. A falling house of cards. Anyone know of someone who has had successful surgery of T2-T4 hernaited. T6-T7 Moderate lt paracentral disc herniation. T7-T8 small left paramedian disc herniation. T8-T9 Moderate left Paracentral Disc Hernation. this is from the impresssion.
Lastly i have issues in my lumbar. Impression T12-L1 Minimal Posterior buldge. L1-L2 Developement of central herniation of the extrusion type with superior and inferior extensions indenting the ventral thecal sac without central spinal stenosis.
L3-4 fact arthropathy and developemnt of minimal retrolisthesis with mild posterior buldge slightly effacing undersurface of the exting L3 nerveroot.
L4-5 Mild disc space narrowing with diffuse buldge and bilateral posterolateral buldges/protrusions encroaching on the foramina and effacing the undersurface of the exiting L4 nerveroots bialaterally. Left posterolateral annualar tear is seen. Associated hypertrophy of the facet joints and ligamentum flavum are noted encroaching on and boardering the central spinal canal.
L5S1 Persistant spodylosis and disc space narrowing with diffuse posterior ridging/spondylotic bar and bilateral posteriolateral ridging and buldges worse on the left effacing undersurface of the exting L5 nerve roots worse on the left. Surgery is an option.
I could recite a letter from a patient with chronic pain in FAQ here titled A Letter to Normals from a Person With Chronic Pain . I could recite it all as my own as so many in this forum. i have other issues that arent spine related. Before this accident I had no issues. Even though I have this I don't have any other issues with my health, except orthopedic and nuerological.

Please help. I am at my last straw. It is ruining the last little bit of me. I am open to any treatments that you have had that have worked.
I have had epidurals, pt, trigger point injections. Currently use a Butrans 20 mg patch and tramadol for increased pain control. I hate this stuff, it hardly works at all.
Open to any helpful advice available. I pray there is something out there! prayers to all of you who have chronic pain.


  • AllMetalAAllMetal Posts: 1,189
    edited 02/23/2013 - 3:51 PM
    I have the majority of my thorax and all of my lumbar fused. I think the key is to find a good surgeon you trust and who does thoraxic surgery routinely. Best of luck.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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