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  • Yes that's true for me. I have DDD in my neck, minor scoliosis now arthropy of my lumber facet joints and herniated disc with anular tear at L5-S1 and sciatica. I haven't had surgery but know if you've had surgery in one part it may lead to problems with the disc doing overcompensation as it protects those discs or herniations. Your body reacts with arthritis at the same time with a back injury. I'm sure I wouldn't have facet joint problems if it wasn't for my herniated disc. I just read about this so I'm not good at where I got the answers about that. Maybe chirogeek guy? Anyways have a great day. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Thanks for your responses - I guess my suspicions are confirmed. I was talking with my husband last night about how I feel so frail compared to how I was a year ago. Frail might be too strong a word, but I don't think I'll ever feel the same.

    It's difficult to come to the realization that you aren't who you used to be and will probably never be that person again.


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  • Boy, have you been put through the ringer. I've read your story and it's unbelievable (not literally).

    I think that what you've experienced and your positive attitude makes you the perfect role model for those of us that are relatively new to this spine stuff. I admire you so much for your words of wisdom and giving us strength and encouragement.

    You truly are...PapaRon.
  • Your friend truly did give you words of wisdom. When we're young we don't like to listen to anybody so I'm glad you listened tohim too.

    I'm sorry for all you've been through, your novel reads like a horror story. I hope you're able to have pain-free days.

  • I also have arthritis and DDD in my neck. I haven't had a lumbar MRI yet and don't know if my issue is bad enough to even think about one at this point.

    Can I ask you why you aren't a surgical candidate? Do you have a SCS?

    Hope you're having a good day.
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  • :H My answer sorta kinda relates to your question. :? My doctor said that after my fusion the vertabrates (spelling)? above and below the ones being fused have to do the work of the fused ones and that in the future I will have to have surgery on them! :? :SS I have no way of knowing when in the future but I'm sure it will happen. I have severe DDD and severe Spinal Stenosis. I exercise three to four times a week and that makes me feel so much better "believe it or not"!! :)

    Sorry if I'm off topic!

    Evelyn :H
    Had PLIF in 2008 and a Laminectomy. One level fusion, L4-L5.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,526
    Sometimes I just wish that I could 'convince' spinal patients to NOT do what I did when I was younger. Instead, if they can listen to this old, well not that old man, I do have something to say that I hope will just save at least one spinal patient from having everlasting chronic pain.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • i had fusion on L4-5. 7 years later the L3 blew out due to stress of the other fusion on 4-5. when you have fusions, it puts more stress on other vertabrae. so now i have had fusions in L3-4-5. so watch out if you have fusions, other ones may blow out
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • I noticed something interesting in one of the posts about having lumbar problems without really knowing about the cervical issues. Another thing I remembered was that I had a heat treatments, to back in April 1971. On one of the notes that the NS put that I have degenerative deformity that is contributing to some of these problems.
  • I have lumbar issues, 2 years ago I had fusion. After the surgery, my arms and fingers went numb and painful. Found that I have bulged disc at the cervical, but not enough to warrant another surgery. The pain was pretty bad. I think I did another MRI and they found tendinitis, the sport doc gave me injections on the spot at the shoulders and back, luckily for me, the pain on the back is way too painful for me to listen to the pain on the arm.
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