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The First Published Thread

dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
edited 12/21/2015 - 6:12 AM in New Member Introductions
Hopefully by now, everyone has noticed that I have been adding a paragraph or two to each new thread that has been waiting
our approval.

We are trying to reach these new members to explain why it is so important to provide us with as much details as possible.

When we see a thread that says I hurt, I fell , that really doesn't tell us much about whats going on. All we are trying to do
here is to get everyone to provide details so that everyone else will be able to respond without asking the same type of questions.

This should make for a better experience for the new members.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com


  • I am new to this site, I tried to post a forum but it just gives you the option to preview or save
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    is the option you want to publish your work.

    Take a look at Your first thread
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 1,806
    edited 06/05/2015 - 3:13 AM
    Does anyone ever actually respond to the questions fully? I think they are valuable to fully understand . A formatted initial description works best to me , fill in blank, then you see all details organized fashion. Don't know if option but seen it other places and can always look back and see very fast what tests done, diagnosis etc. don't know if that's an option
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
  • pattikppattik Posts: 7
    edited 06/23/2015 - 9:16 AM
    I moved this post to the appropriate category

    Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator 06/23/15 15:18
  • Mother GooseMMother Goose Posts: 87
    edited 06/24/2015 - 8:30 PM
    I'm new here, where are the instructions on how to post and how to reply? I'm lost

    Welcome to Spine-Health

    One of the most important things that need members can do is to provide the rest of the community with as much information about themselves as possible. It is so very difficult for anyone to respond when we do not have enough information to go on. This is not meant to indicate that you are doing anything wrong or violated any rule, we are just trying to be pro-active and get the information upfront so that people can start responding and your thread is more effective.

    So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong, The fact that your test results are negative does not mean that you are fine and without any concerns. Many times it takes several diagnostic tests and procedures to isolate a specific condition.

    Here are some questions that you should answer:

    • - When did this first start?

      . Year, Your age, etc
    - Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
    - Are there others in your family with similar medication conditions?
    - What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)

    • . Which doctor did you start with? Ie Primary Care Physician
      . Who are you currently seeing?
    - What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?

    • . Physical Therapy
      . Ultrasound / Tens unit
      . Spinal Injections
      . Acupuncture
      . Massage Therapy
    - What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)

    • . Summarize the results, please do not post all details, we cannot analyze them
      . How many different tests have you had over the years? Similar results?
    - What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)

    • . Name of Medication
      . How long have you been using this?
      . Results
    - Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)
    - Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
    - What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?

    Providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
    of your situation and make it easier to respond.

    Please take a look at our forum rules: Forum Rules

    I also strongly suggest that you take a look at our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) which can be found at the top of the forum menu tab or by going to FAQ There you will find much information that will

    • - Help you better utilize the Spine-Health system
      - Provide pointers on how to make your threads / posts
      - Tips on how to create your avatar (your picture), posting images, etc
      - General pieces of valuable information

    Please remember that no one at Spine-Health is a formally trained medical professional.
    Everything that is posted here is based on personal experiences and perhaps additional research.
    As such, no member is permitted to provide

    • - Analysis or interpretation of any diagnostic test (ie MRI, CTscan, Xray, etc)
      - Medical advice of any kind
      - Recommendations in terms of Medications, Treatments, Exercises, etc

    What could be good for someone could spell disaster for another.
    You should also consult your doctor to better understand your condition and the do’s and don’t’s.

    It is very important that new members (or even seasoned members) provide others with details about their condition(s). It is virtually impossible to help another member when all the details we have are

    I’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?

    Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways it’s like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then it’s up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.

    Specific comments :

    Personal Opinion, not medical advice :

    --- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator :
  • alepatmataalepatmat Posts: 12
    edited 06/26/2015 - 8:14 AM
    Hello, I am currently recovering from 3 level acdf surgery and having some shoulder pain after doing some sweeping of my front porch yesterday. I have been dealing with it for the last two days.
    I had this surgery on June 1st 2015. I had this surgery due to my orthopedic surgeon finding that I had congenital Cervical Myelopathy. I was having shock-like sensations in my arms, wrists and fingers, and my finger tips in my left hand was mostly numb. I was also having balance issues and the toes on my left foot would go numb.

    I have contacted my spine specialist to get more information about activities to avoid.
    I have had an x-ray two days ago that is showing that I am fusing well at levels 4-7 with plates and screws and my surgeon uses synthetic bone material mixed with bone extracted with a needle from my hip.
    I am currently on Extra Strength Tylenol and occasional muscle relaxants. This does help take the pain away right now. Before surgery, I had two injections, I have tried Physical Therapy for 7 months, massage therapy, and positional release therapy. I was also on Alleve twice a day, which only took the edge off. I had also been on Tramadol for 4 months, but starting having adverse affects such as feeling as if I needed to scratch all over!
    The action plan right now is to continue wearing the Miami J collar for the next 3 months, and have been given permission to not have a collar on for sleep. He said this is possible if I don’t move around a lot while sleeping. The plan right now is walking several times a day every day, resting when needed and not sitting for long periods of time. I am also to wear a bone-stimulator device for 6 months for 4 hours a day. My next appointment is September 16th and if it is fusing well, he told me I will be out of the collar and starting Physical Therapy at that time.

    I am doing well, and trying to listen to the signals my body gives and not overdue.

    The last pre-op appointment showed that my neck is perfect! He even stated that he thinks I am taller now. 

    I have been told I can only lift 5 pounds at the max since I am so petite, and to follow this until September. Also, only light housework. Can someone please tell me specifically what this means so I do not hurt my shoulder again?
    Also, is it alright to stretch out my arms, shoulders? They are so tight!

    Welcome to Spine-Health

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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    edited 06/26/2015 - 10:51 AM
    Start with clicking on Welcome to Spine-Health.
    That will provide you with all the information that you will need
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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