I'm a newbie to forums, so if fail to follow etiquette, I apologize.
I'm looking everywhere for info, studies, etc., (and have found a lot/many) re: Charite ADR. I had a Charite disc inserted at the L5/S1 in Dec 2005. I was fine for about 2 years, but have been having increasing pain issues and peripheral failure (a blown L4 and a bulging L3 (and convinced that both are a result of compaction issues)), so I'm hoping to start a discussion here with others who are in this same boat. I'm maxed out on the Happy Pill chart and injections/blocks don't work. I'm considering neurostimulation, but I see that as a stop-gap measure to the inevitable failure of the artificial disk, i.e. it won't help my declining situation, but it'll help with the pain (I hope). Any thoughts or feedback will be appreciated.View Thread
Thank-You for your quick responses. My best wishes to you both. I'm always amazed at how upbeat people in bad situations are .... I don't think it's an American trait, by any means, as those who've struggled around the world have risen to bigger and better outcomes. It makes me appreciative that there are these forums to turn to ... so many people (immediately family included) don't understand what I'm dealing with. Anyway, enough of that. As I've read various forums re: the Charite disc, I've come to the unfortunate conclusion that this thing's going to give way sooner rather than later. I like to think outside of the box, so here's a question I'd like to pose to you both: Have you ever heard of anyone being proactive to try to head off the inevitable failure of artificial hardware? In my readings, the solution to a failed Charite disc was (and still is, to some degree) revision surgery (take the darn thing out), but that's extremely dangerous surgery, so it seems that an alternative method has been developed where they leave the hardware in place and cage it off (Joy, I think you're familiar with the cage?). To me, that's the worst of all worlds ... that BAK cage is no laughing matter. I digress ... I'm thinking of talking to a Neurosurgeon, et. Al., about the possibility of heading off the failure by getting the Charite disc shored up now. It seems silly to me to wait for the inevitable ... let's fix this now as best as possible and deal with the outcome while I'm younger and can heal better. It's a radical idea, I know, and probably not one any surgeon's willing to participate in, but if I start the conversation now, maybe, just maybe, they'll come around to my way of thinking. My future with this thing's a foregone conclusion when you read the forums. In case you don't know, the Charite disc was finally taken off the market in 2011 after 7 years and hundreds of lawsuits. I look forward to your input.
FireKitty, your story really resonates with me as we share the same concerns. My Charite ADR occurred in Dec 2005, but I've been having ever-increasing issues since 2 years post-surgery. I want to pass along a site you can go to and get more info, talk to people in similar situations, etc., and that's: ADRSUPPORT.org. This is a non-profit site created by a Charite recipient in 2004 or 2005. It's a great site for info. Personally, I'm considering neurostimulation (see the Medtronic website) as my next attempt to alleviate pain; it doesn't do anything to permanently relieve the pain, however. I've been climbing the Happy Pill ladder for years and am not only tired of it, but the Doctors are saying that I've reached my medicinal strength max, so I may, too, be looking at fusion, though I don't if it's feasible because compaction issues blew out my L4 and the bulging L3 plays peek-a-boo with me, popping out of place and hitting the sciatic nerve (and, man, does that ever hurt!). I'm anxious to find current info on ADR (there isn't too much out there), so I'll be watching this forum for updates.View Thread