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Bertolotti's Syndrome

dpearsoddpearso Posts: 12
edited 06/11/2015 - 9:10 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I'm needing to find a doctor that is familiar with Bertolotti's syndrome. Can anyone help me with this. There are some excellent new articles in professional journals regarding BS. Thanks.

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  • Yes I have recently had my transitional vertebrae excised and am feeling great. But since it says here I'm not allowed to recommend on this site how can I get this information to you.
    I wanted to die from the pain caused by this Syndrome.  I thought my life was ruined and I would have to live the rest of my life with pain management. I can at least say - you need to find an orthopaedic surgeon.
  • paupauppaupau Guadalajara MéxicoPosts: 2

    Hi there, I read you and I fell hope.. 
    How was the surgery? And post surgery? The pain is completely gone? How old are you? 

    Hi there, Im writting from México, im  34 and this is my story.. 

    Ive been suffering of low back pain and kind of ciatica in different episodes since i was 20 it has come and go different times and then went away like magic..  it seemed like im running away from surgery hehe.. but the last 4 years have been more painful and worst and the episodes are closer... and I think it its because of my 2 pregnancies and because i take care of my 2 toddlers.... And it is exhausting

    What does it hurts?: 
    Every day:  low back,  butt, hips, the back and sides of my right leg, I cant walk for more than 15 minutes.. I find a place to sit and rest.. and then continue.. (I try to be really discret.. and it worked), some ciática pain, and I feel it every day, I feel like I cant rest well while I sleep... i wake up tired, let's say that hurts between 2-6/10

    Worst episodes:  extremly low back pain, butt, hips, I feel like a shark is bitting my butt,  I feel the pain in the two legs and also I feel like nervous spasms in my legs.. like pain coming from many places, is hard to stay standed.. and in the same, and also ciatica pain, difficult to walk, to sleep, rotate, stad up, be standing, cant drive, also resting on my bed hurts... Awfull. lasts 3-7 days, sometimes get better with painkillers inyected others like magic..  Hurts 7-10/10.

    I tryed before: infiltrated 1x, physical therpy 3x (heat, cold, ultrasouund, electrodes, etc), magnets, accupunture, massages, Quiropractics, etc etc.. NOTHING SEEMS TO WORK

    In different stages that I visited doctors (orthiphedic, neuros..), they concluded that it was because i have 2 hernial disc and then they told me that I needed a discal hernia surgery, but then the days while I was deciding.. the pain went away for almost 10 years in the first time (with sometimes of back pain.. but like a normal person) 

    Like 2 years, after my second child was born, the pain came back reloaded.. I couldnt walk for more than 20 steps, sit, or talk about it without crying for some days.. . I went to an orthiphedic doctor and he said that first he had to try with physical therapy and pain killers, nothing worked, also the physical therapy was the worst, I think the nurse put really high the electrodes and thank you, I couldnt walk for 2 days alfter that I was really scared.. the pain was awfull.. so then I was infiltrated.. but only worked for 30 exactly days... it was really sad

    Then I consulted a neurosugeon and told me that actually I have not 2 but 3 damaged discs buuuut the finding was that my pain did not match with my 3 damaged discs..  and I felt that we we're close to find a diagnosis.. and send me some more studies (nervous system, and others), but.. before I went to get done the studies my pain decreased, like magic again... The beast was sleeping again and I continued with my life.. . Without the studies, with a littlr pain.. 1-4/10

    4 months ago another dark episode came, i went to a new neurosurgeon, and after a simple RX I have been diagnosed with Bertolotti's syndrom and i think i found some peace.. he said there were 3 options, to see wich one will work for me: 

    1 FIRST . Physical therapy / excersise: as tphysical therapy didnt work for me in the oast he reccomend me swimming and yoga, slow and controlled for 3 months.

    If this does not work we go to step 2

    2. SECOND Infiltration (but I have not faith, because also I had one 2 yeas ago and it was good for exactly 30 days and then the same pain)

    If this does not work we go to step 3

    3 THUIRD told me it was the surgery, to fix the Bertolotti's syndrome

    So, im 4 months after step 1. And actually I thinked that it was working, swimming was perfect for me, a excersise painless!! (I tryed bikram yoga, but Im nit sure about that only tryed for 2 months)  A felt good and the week before the beast came back my standing and walking increased like 30-40 minutes in a road, without taking a sit!! But then last weekend then BEAST came back... and the pain was 1-3/10 so it was pretty good!! 

    I'ven running away from surgery since I was 20.. but last week I had another episode made me think it could be helpfull to get fixed... and it could change my life!! Dont think that all the time Im crying, Im still running away from surgery this 2 awfull and painfull years..  because I find some "not that bad seassons" and I can live my life.. im happy, I have my family, , Friends.. life.. so I try to not all the the time think and less talk about my pain.. bit I really fell hope to read you and see that I can be painless..

    How was the surgery? And post surgery? Anyone with my case? 

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