Thanks to all for the reply. I already planned on going to a neurosurgeon for a second consult. From what I can gather reading on the net it will be best to go to a spine center and the closest one I can find is the Virginia Spine Institute. But I am sure there are others. I have been looking into the Stabilimax NZ devise. There is a trial going on for it right now and a doctor in Bristol,VA. is taking part in it. His practice is called Neuro-spine solutions P.C. For some reason this place really appeals to me I guess because it is close to home and they seem to be up on technology. Web addy is http://www.neurospinesolutions.net/ check it out and give me some feedback. I called the Stabilimax people and after answering a bunch of questions they said I qualified for the trial and they would contact neuro-spine solutions and see if can put on list. I had allready made an appointment with neuro-spine solutions and they said to cancel it. Should hear from Neuro-spine solutions with in 10 days if not said to call back. I believe this is the place for me to go. So please if you folks that have been thru this could take a look at this web site for me and post back with your opinion it would be a great help to me and my family.
Thanks and hope you all well. P.S.- I am running Windows Vista on my laptop and it is driving me crazy.
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My doctor at the Pain Clinic has me on morphine sulfer 30mg for pain and Lyrica 50mg for nerve pain. I waited way to long to seek treatment I was told by my Pain Doctor. I have this problem of waiting till I hit the floor to get help,you know tough it out and it will go away or get better. I did the same with my hips,waited till the femoral head (ball) caved in and couldn't walk before I got them replaced. One would think I would have learned my lesson from that but I didn't. I have been in pain for so long I guess I learned to live with it like it was part of life. Heck the lyrica has given me some feeling in my foot and lower leg and alot of the oain is gone also. First time in 10yrs. can wiggle my toes and tell when I step on something. My 11yrs old son thinks its great having a dad for a change. Not the person sitting on the couch,kind of like a new person according to my family and other people that know me. Please check out the web site and tell me what you think.
Thanks and have a painless day.
Sad to hear about what you are going thru. When I had the laminectomy in 1998 I never gained a bit of relief in nerve pain I am sad to say. If you call the credid card companies and tell them what you have been thru they will be understanding. It is when you don't call them is when it is bad. My wife had a discectomy 3 weeks ago and called everybody we owe (bills) and told them what was going on they all were great. Some required a written statement from her and others a statement from the doctor but most companies defered payments,put payments on hold,only had to pay interest and things like that. So give it a try,it can't hurt at this point. That COBRA stuff is rediculous what they charge,call them and see if you can drop some of your coverage such as dental,vision and only keep the basics,what you need. It WILL get better. When I had both my hips replaced I was close to loosing everything but I didn't. Just tackle one thing at a time and get a plan on how to deal with it. Worrying will not get the job done,actions will. This sounds harsh I know but it is true. Took me awhile to snap out of the pitty me and make a stand. It worked when I started communicating with my creditors and let them help me.
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Well, I went back to the site listened & watched then read. Ok, I am totally in agreement with the others on this being new and still in the trials. Instances like this, I like to sit back and watch all the bugs get worked out, because there always seems to be a slew of them on new techniques and procedures. I know sometimes we can get so frustrated with pain that we are willing to do just about anything if we can to get some relief.
Its kind of like the new car thing. When a new one comes out on the market, I will not buy it for a couple of years until they have worked out the bugs.
I am needing both knees replaced and last year UTSW Medical School over in Dallas did knee replacement on an active 83 yr old woman with replacements made to fit a woman in size. They interviewed this lady and she was just estastic over the surgery, she could not say enough good things about it. Basically, replacements were made for a man in size and had to be cut down for a woman. Now women have their own replacements.
I think its great that your neighbor is helping you with some of this. He see's his share of the good, the bad and the ugly in drs. I think he is right about seeing a neurologist. When you have that view it can really be helpful to someone else. When I was working I had the same info available to me. I knew who I would go to for a specialist and who I would not go to.
I have a neighbor too, he is a rn and works er at our county hospital, so he really see's it too. He has done alot of work in pulmonary and has helped me alot since I am an oxygen patient. He comes over & gives me my B12 shots once a month. He also recom I talk to my pm dr about using Dilaudid in my pain pump. He was the one that told me it, it is a very old pain drug that works great on pain, has few side effects. I was having a terrible time w/morphine in my pump. Needless, to say my pm dr changed me to Dilaudid and I have 3 other drugs mixed with it. It really made a difference.
Please keep posting and we will all says prayers that you get ent in the right direction and get the help you so badly need. Susie