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A debate in my own bent mind - body .. Neckie vs. Backie

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  • MetalneckMetalneck The Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,778
    edited 07/11/2012 - 10:05 AM
    There are times I feel that we are all in a circus now. :(

    Regards and hope,

    D
  • ...I really think that having lumbar problems is worse than cervical. I've had them both, of course, and although I have known problems to keep an eye on with my cervical, the problems in my lumbar have increased so much in the last year - since I've had a job.

    I had x-rays in June 2011 to check the hardware and everything looked beautiful. I just had x-rays again and you wouldn't believe the difference. Where did my L1/2 disc go? There's nothing there...why do I have such severe spondylolisthesis when I bend forward that I can actually feel it with my hand when I bend. Then I just had facet joint injections at L3/4 due to facet, stenosis and instability problems, which of course lasted a whole week.= ($390 bucks down the toidy). I wasn't having nerve pain a couple of months ago in my legs but now am having problems in the front of my right thigh and buttock.

    This will all eventually lead to a 5-lvl fusion, not if but when, beginning at T-10 and ending at L3/4 (one level above my current fusion) because if you fuse L1/2, the above disc will go out very fast so you have to do those, and you can't just leave L2/3 hanging out in the middle between two fusions for the same reason.

    So, I can honestly believe that for most with both problems, there's so much more than can go wrong in too many areas in the lumbar than cervical. There's a limited space up there, but so much more opportunity in our lumbar spines that can keep just going up and down.

    So there. Ththththth.
    Cathie
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