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Artificial Disc Patients?

Hello, I am back on spine health after a few years and two lumbar discectomies. I am still in a world of limited movement and frequent chronic pain. I am wondering if anyone has had disc replacements, and what kind of experience it was/is? Any suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Jellyfish

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It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. 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,

Here are some questions that you should answer:

  • - When did this first start?
    - Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
    - What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)
    - What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
    - What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)
    - What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
    - 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
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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 its like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then its 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.

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Comments

  • HI! There are a few of us here who have had ADRs within the last few months. Take a look at this thread:
    http://www.spine-health.com/forum/treatment/recovering-surgery/2-level-cervical-adr-surgery-22315
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    L4/5/S1 scar tissue removal surgery, plus unexpected L4/5 microdiscectomy #2 October 2015
    L4/5 microdiscectomy May 2015
    2-level ADR C4-6 (Mobi-C) February 2015
  • Hi Jellyfish,
    I just had a single level fusion about a month ago . My insurance considers artificial disc experimental still so if I had wanted to do that procedure would have to fought to get it done. Not sure how many levels you are talking about. I did talk with my NS about the art. disc and he showed me the two discs that he was using. I read up a lot on the two art. discs and just did not feel comfortable going down that path. He was not trained in surgery with the mobi-c which I had read good things about. Do your research and see which art. disc your surgeon is qualified to use. My ACDF went perfectly.. Arm pain gone no pain meds now wearing a bone stimulator 4 hours a day to decrease fusion rate. Best of luck with your decision.
    Lisa
  • At L5S1. The main reason I went that route instead of fusion is that I thought it might prevent me having adjacent disk issues later on. Guess what? It didn't. I ended up having to have the next three fused 10 years later. Whichever way you go, the most important thing is to find the most experienced surgeon you can find.
    Artificial disc at L5S1 for 10 years. Had 3 Level lumbar fusion and Laminectomy on Sept 27, 2013. It was an OLIF (Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion) with cages, BMP, rods & screws. Norco, Plaquenil
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