hi guys- i have not been on for a while. erin, sorry to hear about your knees with all the shots and all. hope this helps you. CAMA hi and to el camino all the best to you all.
i went in for a CT scan and meeting with my orthopod last week and he wanted a new ct scan on my necky, i didnt get around to doing the bone scan yet with the radioactive junk.
i am just not up to hearing any more bad news and i know if i get this done sheesh, what are they gonna be able to do for me anyways, once they all know what it is. more ops?
i dont think so unless i fall down dead maybe and have absoulety no other choice.
but here is the latest ct on my neck alone, not the rest of my back which is bad news.
I have this so called 'luschka joint disease' up and down my entire spine and the PT saw it and thinks it is really 'lip' formation beginning AS fusion.
findings: the patient is status post anterior cervical disc fusion extending from c 5 - c7. anterior plating is seen extending across c 4-5-6 levels. there is prior bilateral laminectomy at c 4-5 and c5-6 there is interbody fusion extending across these levels w/ rectangular prosthetic fusion device ( anterior 'donor grafting' and illiac crest grafting posterioally) projecting centrally within the disc spaces at these levels.
there is no evidence of recurrent or residual disc herniation at levels c-5-6-7.
there is a mild degree of disc osteophyte complex formation at c 6-7, there is bilateral luschka joint disease at this level producing a mild degree of bilateral neural foraminal encroachment at this level.
c3-4 there is disc osteophyte complex formation producing moderate to the right, and mild effacement to the left anterior aspects of the thecal sac, there is bilateral luschka joint disease w/ moderate left and mild right facet joint hypertrophic change.
there is moderate bilateral neural foraminal encroachment at the level.
impression: prior anterior cervical disc fusion c5-7
mild disc osteophyte complex formation c 6-7
moderate asymmetric disc osteophyte complex formation c 3-4 w/ moderate effacement right and mild effacement left anterior aspects of the thecal sac and moderate bilateral neural foraminal encroachment.
now when i go in for the T section oh boy what they are gonna find there!!
i wish i go in and have this done and have the report say she is okay and there is nothing we can see wrong with her neck or back.
has anyone else ever heard of this luschka joint disease?
i tried to do a google.com on it and couldnt find much about it. if i have this now i musta had it a year ago so why didnt any of my reports pick it up then?
so now what, more necky ops huh?
effacement and ecroachment doesnt sound good to me with the neural formina and thecal sac.... how close is the thecal sac to the spinal cord? anyone know?
9-02 crash w/ C-5-6-7 anterior/posterior fusion in neck w/11 screws and 4 metal plates. multilevel HNP at T & L section. FMS, PA in dec 05. on SSDI after 2.5 yr wait. sezuires, CTS, IBS ( C & D). norco, xanax, predisone shots. i dont know what else is wrong with me and neither does anyone else!!!