Drug (pee) tests are required by the DEA, but I've never heard anything like what you describe. I've been doing this for 15 years and I don't even take pain meds anymore. I have a pain pump so it's out of my control. I could still take street drugs though so they need to randomly check. I just peed in the cup a few weeks ago.View Thread
Keep this in mind. 50% of the people with herniated disc have no pain. 50% of people with pain have no disc herniation or objective pathology.
My point is there's a lot more to this than meets the eye. As Dave said, work with the right doctors and therapists and the outcome is just another of life's challenges.
Didn't mean to submit yet.
The implantation goes a lot like RFA. First they have to perform testing with various types of temporary devices and see what benefit you can get. Then psychological evaluation and finally the surgical team will get a technician from the manufacturere to work with your doctor finding the best wat to implant the device and the electrical probes
Learn all you can as it's not like choosing a bandaid color. It's a semi permanent decision. I found out with my pump that if it's allowed to run empty it needs to be replaced. Once you dry the pump you vapor lock the system. And it won't prime. Kinda scary if you got stuck out of town in a blizzard or? I usually have a week left when we refill.View Thread
It is atypical to see degeneration in the Thoracic region, but you very accurately describe the areas served by the ganglia and SNS exiting the spine in that area. The nerves also support your internal organs.
The structure is very robust made up of a box truss style design from your sine around the ribs to the breast plate. The thoracic joints don't articulate as much as the lumbar or cervical. You can fuse most of your thoracic and move almost normally...for awhile anyway. I was fused from T4-T12 for about a decade and I had some times in which I was quite physically healthy and couldn't hardly notice the loss of flexation. While I notice the much greater loss of flexibility now that I've been fused on down to L3 (from T4), but I'm still amazed about how much flexibility I get out of my hips and what disc is left at L4-5View Thread
If my memory serves me, I read years ago that they were injecting the media into the disc and basically re inflating the the disc annulus with artificial nucleus pulposis. What your describing is more of a cementing process of fixing a fracture....?
So if I read you correctly there was no disc damage so they didn't have to disturb the annulus or nucleus ...thank God!
If I'm correct have you heard of what I described? Or am I completely wrong? ...it's been 10 years since reading about it.
Wow, I read up on kyphoplasty, but don't actually know anyone firsthand that has had it. So did they use the material to re-elevate the disc or?
Give us some details please. I love learning more spine stuff.
It's even greater that you got releif and I hope your healing continues!