All the feed back is good. Just be cautious with exercise programs. Yoga and Pilates (and any exercise) are only helpful if they do NOT inadvertently cause more pain/damage to your spine. It's important to establish a good baseline, something a a physiatrist, pain and rehabilitaion specialist, neurologist, etc. (any who specialize in spine) can definitely help you with.View Thread
As much as scanning is overused, I do think (Based on my experience, which is similar to yours) that when something is done to the spine it is justified to scan the entire thing as it is soooo intertwined - especially if if the patient has ANY other issues - pain in other areas of the spine, scoliosis (even if very mild), etc.View Thread
Sorry to hear about your pain, especially at such an young age!
I am 36 and started having back issues in 2008. No injury or anything, just one day my back was all out of sorts.
You should definitely go to Physical Therapy. Core strengthening is key. It's not just about being in shape as many people that are toned with "6 packs" have weak core muscles that support the spine.
PT is great at ensuring the right muscles are working at the right time. PT will also be crucial for poster, etc.
PT worked great for me for a few years. Since you have 1 disc issue, you would hopefully benefit long - term from 6-8 weeks of solid PT. An injection may help too - a pain and rehabilitation doctor will do that. Some Physiatrists do as well and they are pivotal in coordinating PT.
And, what you are doing is great- move. Adopt practices like whenever you are on the phone in the office to stand. Consider a standing desk.
My symptoms are still the same - no relief and somewhat worsened. 13 herniated discs (every thoracic level + 2 lumbar). A recent Thoracic CT revealed that many levels have developed a posterior osseous complex (told that meant hardening/clacifying), including T3-T9.
They have recommended doing a fusion from T3-T9. I'm concerned as it doesn't address the noted nerve issues at T10-T11. By looking at a nerve body chart, it is T10 & T11 nerves that serve the areas of most of my pain - pain that prevents me from lying down for even 20 minutes without extreme pain, which has killed my sleep since January 2011.
Even after sharing that with my doctor, he still didn't say anything about T10-T11.
I could live with the back pain if that was all there was, it's the sleeping/lying down pain that has me beyond words. I do like my doctor and he is truly the only one in NYC that has the depth and breadth of Thoracic Spine experience, not only here but internationally. There really is not anyone else I would see here so....
In addition t othe spine, they found a liver tumor and they want to remove it. The surgery is quite extensive. It's really annoying as I can't comprehend having a surgery that will require 5-7 days in a hospital, several weeks of limited activity, 4 weeks from work, etc., without FIRST addressing the spine issues so I can HOPEFULLY ly down without the iliac crest hip pain I have that is believed to be referred from the T-Spine. UGH!
Yet, the doctors are refusing to collaborate, offer any type of plan, etc.
I would need to have the liver tumor removed first as it would cause regression for my spine recovery if I didn't. But I can't comprehend spending a week in the hospital, 4 weeks off of work, then have the spine surgery that will require about the same.
So, I'm just venting.
I would love to hear from someone who has had Thoracic spine surgery and whether or not it was helpful. My surgeon has claimed that it will make lifethings (pregnancy down the road, etc.) safer but form what I've read people seem to be in as much, if not more, pain after the TSpine surgery.
They still are not addressing the issues of the nerves at T10-T11 or Lumbar and the T3-T9 fusion is scheduled in less than a month.
My concern is the pain that prevents me from sleeping and none of the nerves from T3-T9 seem to be in the area of the pelvic bone or hip. While that area may be more "stable' following the fusion, I certainly do NOT want to experience worsened mid/upper back pain than I do now in that area.
I'm very sorry you are still experiencing pain but, unfortunately, that seems to be common among fusion patients - one reason I am apprehensive.
I do have midback and upper back pain with shoulder pain, etc, but not enough that would by themselves push me to even think about another surgery.
My lower back/lumbar pain is much worse than the mid/upper back pain - something I can't seem to get any type of answer from other than a vague, they don't "think" it's lumbar.View Thread
wow, this is very disconcerting. I tent to not stay abreast witht he news but after reading a bit more about the outbreak (just today nonetheless) I am quite relieved.
In July this year I had several rounds of spinal injections (6) and 1 hip injection. I am very grateful that I am not affected by the outbreak but these types of things does speak to how much more cautious we should be - both as patients and doctors - when it comes to just wanting to inject any type of foriegn substance into one's body.
I was apprehensive and tried waiting a bit before giving in to the injections and my doctors got an attitude with me.
I also had a l4-l5 micro surgery last July. Sitting is one of the worse things. I have made it habit to stand up when someone calls me. I stand whenever I have to do something that does not require my computer. I'm and administrator and an analyst for a large college, so this was an adjustment as my job is an "office" job with lots of meetings. Good rule of thumb is to stand and walk even just 10-15 feet every 20-30 minutes. For long meetings volunteer to write notes on the white board, or sit in a place where you can stand in the back if needed. It's a complete adjustment but works and is much healthier for your back. Even with ergonomic this and that in my office, I still do this.
Rehab varies on the surgeon - was limited for 12 weeks, starting PT at 6 weeks.
sorry to hear of your headaches and other symptoms. Considering you had back surgery, the other symptoms should be looked into sooner rather than later. They could be nothing, just normal fluid collection post-surg or indicative of other things...such as a dural leak, etc.
Try calling your surgeon, his office should be able to order a MRI even though you are in another state. If not, don't let other doctors (er, urgent care, etc) touch you unless you've had proper imaging done, since you've had surgery they should be willing to order a MRI.
Tanya, I agree with most of the other posts. If he is a surgeon with Spine Specialists in his practice, he should've referred you to one of them. Secondly, if your leak was in the same area of your surgery, the surgeon would've noticed that right away and could've repaied it then and had you on bedrest for it to heal.
I had a similar surgery on July 19th and had a tear. The crazy part is that as soon as I knew that was a possible complication, I knew i would have that. Of course, I didn't say that but to 1 friend. Sure enough I had a tear during surgery.
It should be noted as others had that often times the herniated discis pressing so much against the nerves and dura membrane that when the herniated portion alone is removed a leak occurs due to the pressure against it for so long with the herniation. It's unlikely (I hope) that it was sliced open during surgery, because if that was the case they would've noticed it.
While I had a tear during surgery and it was repaired while I was still in surgery, I'm still having issues. After seeing a neuro (my surgeon was also and ortho, but a spine specialist) last week and having yet more MRIs, the it was discovered although the tear from surgery is still sealed and not leaking, I have leaking elsewhere, not in my lumbar region. So, it's completely unrelated to the surgery.