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new and feeling lost

ljsunshine_elljsunshine_e Posts: 52
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:50 AM in New Member Introductions
Well I was told by one neurologist that I have spondololthesis he told me that I might need surgery but since I smoke I would have to stop, well I still had nicotine in my system when they did the test. I never heard from him afterward. He would not speak to me on the phone. I told my regular doctor and he sent me to a new neurologist, who says "he sees no problems with my scans." I have scoliosis as well in constant pain. I tried injections and tramadol not to mention celebrex(oh that made me so sick) not sure how or where to go from here.


  • Personally, I would ask your primary care doc for a referral to a spine surgeon, ortho or neuro. Spondylolisthesis doesn't always show on an MRI since you are lying flat. A flexion/extension x-ray where you have pictures taken flexing forward and extending back will show the degree of spondylolisthesis.

    Some surgeons insist that you quit smoking and will test you for a nicotine level, others will not. It is highly recommended that you quit smoking prior to surgery.

    Best wishes,

  • I will ask the new neurologist about that,and I am working on the smoking it's not good for me in anycase.
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  • hi and welcome to the forum! i am sorry you were treated so poorly by your last doctor.. going to another seems to be a good idea. good luck to you with that. please have a good look around the different forums and make yourself at home. stop by anytime.. i hope you are feeling better soon..Jenny
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