Hi Nick - Since you asking "How do I find a doctor" I can tell you that just not one a specific Dr.
I also live in the middle area between Madison and Milwaukee - 1hr either way.
I see Drs. in the following systems: Aurora, Wheaton Franciscan, Froedtert and ProHealth Care.
So depending on which system you can go to or choose to go to, in the search bar type in let's say ProHealth get to their site then find a doctor, look for the type of specialist and miles, they will give you a list, highlight the one that interests you and read about the person. You can also type that Drs. name in the search bar I use Bing, it will give you more info about the Dr.
When I needed a new Neurosurgeon for my neck - I typed in Neurosurgeon in the search bar and looked for one in Milwaukee - a few came up but after reading their credentials I choose the one that best fit my needs and I am glad I did - he saved my life with a 7 vertebrae cervical fusion.
That is the best I can do - given the rules here on this site - I do hope it helps. Deb.View Thread
Hi and welcome we are not doctors. However I had C3-T1 ACDF done at one time, then they went in and worked on T2.
I wore my hard brace 2 months before surgery to see if I was a candidate, I was. I wore my brace for about 7 months afterwards because I had to wear it while using my bone growth stimulator, which aids in fusing the bones together.
The length of time you wear your brace does depend on your doctors orders. Everybody's healing time is different. Having the brace on for that length of time does help in its healing.
When is your surgery scheduled for? I will pray for you.View Thread
Hi again oh yeah I know about the side effects - I have had enough of them I actually them what they are going to tell me following the injections. They think it is kind funny that a patient can recite the nurses print out before they can say a word.
Being a type 2 diabetic doesn't help either because it does raise my sugars quite high for a few days.
My next phase is the facet injections but I have to wait a few months as I am preparing for surgery for my colon. I mentioned it in another post. Keep us posted as to what happens next for you I'll keep you in my prayers.View Thread
Surgery is scheduled for July 10th. I guess in my case it is called an ileostomy because of the lack of colon. Same exact surgery as a colostomy only difference my dr. is using my small intestines.
I will go on a 7 day clear liquid diet just before. Now I get all the regular appts. with PCP for the blood work etc.....recoup time is about 6 weeks or longer. Then I have to go and meet with the stoma dr. for training etc.....
Sorry to say this but the hard brace does come in different sizes, there is also adjustments on it so your neck can be positioned right in it so it would be best you go in to have it fitted.
Mine is an Aspen Vista they tried a medium first, too big so they used a small. You can see them online at www.aspenmp.com look up products for the neck or cervical collar.
The shots I have recently gotten are steroid injections called "Trigger Point Injections" small amount of steroid goes into the spots that are the most painful. Mine actually went along the incision line due to my muscle problems. They do help but one spot is giving me problems and the MRI showed I now have facet disease in that area.
I can't have any more shots for 3 months.
I am glad to hear you are seeing a Neurosurgeon.View Thread
Joy perhaps wearing it on the back has more side effects than the cervical. The only thing I didn't like about my was the heaviness of it draped around my neck. Sorry you had to endure the side effects and couldn't wear it.View Thread
Glynn differently call Orthofix- that doesn't seem right. Like Joy said are you wearing it over your clothes?
I had one for my neck - but wasn't allowed to use it until I was 6 weeks out for surgery. I wore mine while I wore my neck brace for 4hrs a day for 6 months and didn't have any of the problems you are mentioning.
You are welcome - glad I can be of help. I re-read all of this and I want to make sure you are seeing a Neurosurgeon? An orthopedic doc usually tell the patients do surgery now - as a Neurosurgeon typically tries other options first.
If your appt. isn't for 3 mos. can you see if you can get in sooner to discus the neck brace? PT is good first as it strengthens the back muscles.View Thread
Hi since you are having only 2 vertebrae done maybe it isn't a big problem but still I would try the ridged or hard neck brace NOT the soft collar one that will not work at all for this. The hard brace will give you an idea if the surgery will work - because the brace should help in controlling the current problems you are having.
My initial surgery was in June 2011, The pain level was off the charts 20 I was on IV pain meds for 2 weeks then pain pills for a month after each surgery and like I said earlier went to rehab for 2 months, I had to wear the same brace for about a total of 6 months before I could go without it - but you also have to bare in mind I had 7 vertebrae done all at the same time. I could not hold me head up by myself at all.
My last surgery was Sept. 2012 to remove all the hardware because my body didn't like it in there and caused a host of pain. I was 100% fused. Since the hardware has been removed the only "pain" I have is being caused by my muscles, I have a 10" cut from the base of my head to the T-3 level of the spine.
I am not on pain meds but do go in for trigger point injections 3 times a year and now have to take a muscle relaxer 2 times a day. I have 0 movement in my neck, but I heard with C3-C4 fusions movement is not limited.
I almost forgot to answer your question did it help? Yes, I am no longer passing out drinking a glass of water. If I had to do it all over again I would - I had an excellent Neurosurgeon.
I posted what I know based on my situation - everyone is different - how they respond can also be different. I will answer to the best of my ability that way you don't have to feel like you are alone.View Thread