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  • mikeymikemmikeymike Posts: 21
    edited 05/19/2014 - 6:26 PM
    well i wanted to report the progress that i have been having. i contacted a second opinion at a place in okc and they looked over my mri and said that i was in definite need of surgery and all 3 of my discs were herniated and i would be a great candidate for their laser spine surgery.
    so this is a little different diagnosis than the previous surgeon. so i go to another surgeon here in wichita and he looked over my mri more than the first one by far and also did some x-rays.
    he set me down and looked at it with me and he asked me lots of questions and did a lot of other techniques and tells me that i am nowhere close to needing surgery and my muscles are the problem and gave me a script for getting physical therapy again.
    he told me you can take this to whomever you like and get this started and that they have good pt there at the office but in no means did i have to use their pt’s.
    well i started doing research on good pt’s and i finally called a friend that had multiple surgeries and he said that the ones at that office are the best by far and recommended me go there.
    so i did and i am now on week 3 with them and i can tell you i honestly feel that i will be back to 99% when they are done. i really liked this surgeon because he did not try to sale me on their pt’s and said i could go other places. but going to theirs is night and day compared to the ones i had gone to before in my small town. i am really feeling good!
    i hope it the progress continues.


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  • jbnms99jjbnms99 Posts: 183
    edited 05/20/2014 - 6:22 AM
    I bet you are so relieved that you will avoid surgery. I wish I would have had that luck. I knew right off when I started my pt that it wasn't going to work, they tried everything they knew to try and couldn't get my muscles to relax for more than a couple minutes. I looked into that laser surgery before I had my surgery and I didn't hear very many good things about it. I heard that it does more harm than good. It surprises me that they wanted to do surgery on you right away, that alone would have made me think twice about them. Glad you found a doctor that wasn't about that almighty dollar and was williing to help you out! It's hard to find a doctor that isn't out for the money anymore.
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  • I agree with you jbnms99. You got very lucky you do not have to go through surgery. How you been by the way jbnms99? I have been mia for a few weeks. Been trying new meds and walking more but the pain has come back a little bit.
  • blk5189bblk5189 Posts: 1
    edited 06/03/2014 - 8:35 PM
    I have had the epidural injection one time it did not help. I to had a herniated disc of c4 - 7. I had surgery on 14May14 and I feel great, the surgery wasn't bad at all. I had to wear a neck brace for two weeks and couldn't drive for 2 weeks. the most pain I expirenced was from the position I was in during surgery on my back my shoulders were sore. I had inpinged nerves that are still bothersome but I realize that after being impinged for almost 2 years it will take time for the to heal. I live alone and found that it wasn't hard at all after I got home from the hospital. I spent 1 night. I had an excellent dr. xxxx. I hope this helped..

    Post edited to remove name of specific doctor. by Liz The Spine-Health Moderator Team
  • I bet you're glad you had that surgery done, I know when I had mine done it was the best decision I have ever made in my life. I did everything I could to avoid the surgery but a needle just wasn't going to fix it. I did 2 of the epidural injections and 2 facet blocks (they put some kind of medicine in every joint on both sides of my spine from c1 to t3 I think it was 36 injections). I didn't get any relief from any of the injections.
    After 2 years of having impingment I would be surprised if you didn't have some kind of permanent nerve damage, I was told not to wait for any longer than a year and that would be pushing it. I was terrified that the pain would never go away.
    I had acdf on March 19th and my guess is that I am about 90% back to normal. I am finally starting to sleep through the night again and if I take it slow I can do just about anything I want to (within reason). I am mowing the yard, trimming trees, pressure washing outside, raking leaves...I guess I shouldn't be pushing it like that but the way I look at it is i'm not really stressing the fused section too much and maybe with what stress I am putting on it it'll heal stronger. My biggest complaint is muscle pain, I have lots of pain in my shoulder blades but I think it is from being down for so long, I couldn't even lift a cup of coffee before my surgery. I lost soooo much muscle mass from being down that it is a lot of work to get it back up to where it was. My wife noticed it this past weekend when I was working outside, she said "I seen you struggle with that and I have never seen you struggle"
    My surgeon told me that the nerve pain should subside but I will get shocks once in a while during the healing process and that the healing of nerves usually takes a year minimum. He said the muscle weakness will also go away but to take things slow.
    Good luck with your recovery!
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