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1 day ago · Surgical solutions to chronic cervical/back pain in Bones, Joints & Muscles

I just got back from one neurosurgeon that I’m considering. They now have all of my test results in, EMG, x-rays, MRIs etc. The neurosurgeon today said he could replace two discs and fuse the third. You know longer have to go to Germany for these procedures and if explained right, insurance will pay for it. They will only pay for two levels of replacement discs, and the third level they may or may not do anything with or they may be forced to fuse it depending upon what they see when I get in there. I think that’s probably going to be my best case scenario.

He did say that since I just had an epidural with steroids, I would have to wait 2 to 3 months before they can do the surgery because the steroids interfere with healing. I have one more neurosurgeon to see next week and I’ll be curious to see if he has the same assessment. I know both of these doctors do a lot of disc replacements in addition to fusions. Jennifer

1 day ago · Surgical solutions to chronic cervical/back pain in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Marie, you are so sweet, thank you. I honestly have never heard of that type of doctor. But I now have learned about it from you and I will definitely look it up around where I live. It sounds like somebody that could definitely help me and I am so grateful to you for taking the time to explain to me what it is. There is so much I’m learning about what’s happening to me, I greatly appreciate you sharing that with me. Maybe they’ll help both of us, we can always hope, wish, and pray, right. Thank you, Jennifer

1 day ago · Surgical solutions to chronic cervical/back pain in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Do you mean psychologist as in someone you go talk to once a week, or a psychiatrist which is a doctor M.D. that can prescribe medication and deals with mental illness? I have seen psychologist to talk about my pain and how it affects my life, but after a while you’ve gotten all you can get out of that. I am not going to anyone at this point. As far as a psychiatrist is concerned, I’ve never had any reason to see one. Anything I’ve needed my pain management doctors have handled or my internal medicine doctor. Now neurosurgeons are in the picture. Jennifer

1 day ago · Surgical solutions to chronic cervical/back pain in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Thank you for your answers and experiences. My understanding is that when a disc is fused there is a spacer put in to open it back up, then they put in some type of bone marrow either your own or cadaver or synthetic. Eventually the disks and that bone marrow will fuse together forming a solid piece of bone. Disc replacements are different, they are actual artificial discs that take the place of your degenerated one. They will turn and function as a separate unit, like a shock absorber just like your real disc does. I do believe there are problems with them slipping out of place on occasion and if that happens they have to be removed and the fusion surgery has to happen. If I’m wrong and someone understands this better than me, please correct me.

1 day ago · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

Virtuous, I actually have talked to a couple doctors about stem cell therapy. The neurosurgeon I’m going to actually does stem cell therapy along with all the other surgeries. I see him next week for a follow up and I want to ask more about it. Unfortunately what I’ve heard is that it works better for cartilage in knees, non-union of broken bones and things like that, I haven’t gotten a negative answer for using it for my discs yet though. I would actually much rather do something like that even if it’s expensive. It makes so much more sense to have your body heal itself, then put artificial metal in my neck.

We’re are you located? I’m in Southern California. The doctor I’m going to is head of neurosciences/neurosurgery and has a very good reputation. I’m just afraid he’ll say no. I do know that the epidural is just a mask and will wear off fairly quickly.

I watch my mother through this for years and finally be forced to have back surgery when she was in her 80s. She was too old to do it and didn’t survive. I don’t want to wait that long.

Still interested in hearing from somebody that’s actually had the disc replacement surgery. Thank you, Jennifer

2 days ago · end-stage hip arthrosis with NO pain? in Bones, Joints & Muscles

I really know nothing about total hip replacements, but my husband had a difference in the length of his legs which was causing him back pain and problems walking. The doctor and chiropractor actually gave him lifts to put in his shoes that equaled out his leg lengths. Has anyone ever suggested something like that for you? They are very simple little wedges that can be one or multiples inside a shoe. Just a thought. I hope you find out the best solution. Jennifer

2 days ago · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

I think I’ll eventually have to have some sort of surgery, but I had an epidural yesterday based on a new MRI and as of just today it’s worked to relieve my cervical pain. I’m actually happily amazed. I do know it’s just masking the problem, but it gives me time to think and continue research my options.


I just tell all Drs that I’m allergic to Demerol now. They always ask if you are allergic to any meds, you could do the same thing since you know the drug that causes you trouble. Just say you never want it again, if you put it down as an allergy no one will ever give it to you again. Mine is now in my medical records. Just an idea