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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 2/13/2009 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
Yes it's all about me as usual! Mr. Self Centered got his results faxed over to his office by sweet talking the nice young gal behing the desk at the MRI place yesterday while waiting to go in. It's nice to be nice to people even if you don't have underlying intentions! Here it is in a nutshell because ny neck is in agony from that contraption they had me in. My meds do nothing and I'm sitting her w/ my tens turned up tp 100!!!
Cervical>>
Herniated disks w/ spondylitic changes, C5/6 & C6/7 w/ spinal stenosis, cord encroachment and Foraminal narrowing. Bulging Disks w/ spondylitic changes, C2/3, C3/4 & C4/5 with spinal stenosis. 
Lower Lumbar Spondylosis, Herniated disk w/ spondylitic changes, L3/4 with spinal stenosis and foraminal encroachment. Bulging disk w/ annular tear, L4/5, w/ S. Stenosis and F. Encroachment. Bulging disc, L5/S1. and I don't like the sound of this> 3.3 CM Aneurysmal Diattion of Distal Abdominal Aorta.
In the descriptions there was a lot more stuff like Dehydration of disks, hypeertropic changes of facet joints, anterior & posterior verebral spurring,encroachment on the anterior subarachnoid space & left side neuroforamen and there is a 19mm Tarlov cyst seen at S3.
I'm just too beat to write the whole thing the way they listed it. Any coments? Is it bad, not so bad? I'll have to find my last MRI results but I don't remember a cyst or that arota thing. I looked it up and it said it cold be bad if it gets bigger and or breaked, I could bleed into my body cavity. I'm going to ask my Good Doc about it. Thanks for looking and please, any coments or suggestions are welcome!
Your spinal friend,
Pete
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections every 2weeks . 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on an aircraft carrier heading for Hong Kong and the other on a Gator Freighter stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 


Tirzah
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   Posted 2/13/2009 7:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete,
Sorry you're having such a rough time. I think you really need your results interpreted by a specialist. Obviously you have abnormalities at many levels of your spine, but without the films (and proper training) there is really no way of saying whether the degree is mild, moderate or severe. From my experience, even if we could see the films, it is a combination of the films, physical exam & stated symptoms that are used to make treatment decisions. Some people have only a very slight problem show on their films but are in debilitating pain & cannot walk right. Other people have major problems showing up on the MRI, but can move just fine & are in only a little bit of pain. So, it seems there is a bit of mystery to it and only a live doctor could properly tell you how all the pieces fit together and how to proceed.

I know you are considering a bunch of surgeries. Maybe the best plan would be to see what they are recommending. Then we could share with you what our experiences are with a given procedure. :)
In any case, I really hope you get some relief and are able to find at least a bit of joy in the weekend. You work so hard, you definitely deserve it!

take care,
frances

PAlady
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   Posted 2/13/2009 8:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete,
I have to agree with Frances that there are too many complexities to all of this for us to interpret for you - or for any of us, for that matter. Remember, we're not doctors either. I know I have had to do my own research just for myself, to try to understand my reports and what my doctors tell me, and even then I'm not sure. I'm only in the ball park. So with this type of situation I can only offer you support and tell you to sit down and write out your questions and bring the list to your doctor. I do that all the time or I'd never remember!

PaLady

Pete trips again!
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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 2/13/2009 9:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Good friends Frances & PA. I know what you are saying and I am going to the doc soon to hear what she has to say. I guess I didn't word my post very well. I wasn't asking anyone for a diognosis! I was just telling y'all what was on the report and if anyone had the same things maybe coment on them. A lot of you list ailments on the bottom of your posts and I was doing something like that here so they could see it's me too. I just wanted to be part of the club and say, yes I do suffer from terrible neck, back, knee, shoulder, hand and foot pain too just like so many others here. Do you understand? I still have this prostate cancer garble on the bottom of my posts and feel kind of like an outsider here. But I'm not, I take pain meds just like so many of you do. I have pain that tortuures me while I'm working, playing and trying to sleep just like you do. I do thank you both for your support. Thats why I'm here. Someone always responds to me even when I write something stupid or foul. I am hurting bad these days and am very lonely here w/o my wife. I don't mean this to sound like I understand what a single person's lonelyness is like, I don't or I know how someone with much worse health problems than me feels, I don't know that either. I just know how I feel and know that right now I'm teetering on the edge of a deep hole of depression and it helps me so much to communicate with my freinds here which keeps me from falling in that hole. I am so thankful for all y'all! Sometimes my mind tells me that these people don't like me, that they think I'm stupid or just a foul dude from some of the things I've written that I was ashamed of later. But my mind has been playing tricks on me lately. So I try to go on and ignore these things and assure myself that I'm wrong when my mind starts wondering into that negativity and lack of trust place. Do you understand what I mean?
Ok, enough of this petebabble. I need to go to bed. I'm getting up early to take my Mom up to Ocala to see my little sister and her two daughters who are riding horses in a big show up there. They are down from New Jersey and staying there for a couple weeks for the show. They are very good at what they do, Equestrian show jumping. The oldest one skipped her senior year (graduated a year early) in high school to ride the Show circut in Fla. this winter. She already was accepted to Auburn on a full schollarship next year. Anna is very smart and nationally ranked in this stuff. Her Mom & Dad are very wealthy too, they have to be for this sport. Her little sister Caroline is rigt behind her and is also a great rider and she looks like me! At least everyone tells me she does. Dark curley hair, a dark complection and a round face! Her sister and brother have blue eyes and blond hair! OK, Now it's really time for bed! Good night my dear friend, I'll be back posting on Sunday night or Monday AM.
Thanks again for everything!!!!
Your Friend and fellow CP'er!!
Pete
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections every 2weeks . 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on an aircraft carrier heading for Hong Kong and the other on a Gator Freighter stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 


Tirzah
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   Posted 2/13/2009 10:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Silly Pete,
Of course you belong here with us. smilewinkgrin
You don't need a whole page of diagnoses to join our group, though if that was a requirement you would certainly fit the bill.

Heck, I don't even try to keep track of what all I have anymore, but if it makes you feel better I'll list what I remember:
C1 -- laminectomy
entrapped nerve at C1/C2 -- spinal cord stimulator leads implanted at C2 - 8 leads
narrowing at C2-C6 (I think that's called spinal stenosis, but I'm not sure)
C6/C7 -- dessication (dehydration) of disc, something with the vertebrae not sure what, but it doesn't connect to C6
T5 -- herniated disc
L4/L5 -- bulging disc
L5/S1 - herniated disc & annular tear, facet hypertrophy at each of L5 and S1 (I was told there were tiny little fractures & bone chips at L5 -- I don't know what that was called on the MRI)
mild scoliosis

I'm not really sure why that would make anyone feel better, but if it helps I'm glad for that. :)

Take care, my friend. Like PA says, you need to do enough research to be your own advocate, but try not to let it take over your life. Before my crainiotomy/C1 laminectomy I was almost compulsive about looking up as much information as I could find. It made me feel like I was defined by my condition. I'm sure you're not crazy enough to do that, but I just want to encourage you that you do have value. You do matter. You do have a lot to offer this world. You are not defined by your pain, your experience with cancer or any other problem in your life. Those experiences only shape us as much as we let them. We can use them to grow stronger, happier & healthier or we can steer our lives in a direction that will lead to us feeling weak, depressed & miserable. It is certainly more difficult to follow a positive, life-affirming path in the face of illness or pain, but the choice is still ours to make. I know I am working on choosing that path myself, so you are welcome to join me on the journey.

night, night,
frances

Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 2/13/2009 11:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete; I think hun that you are forgetting one thing here. We are not defined by our pain here on HW or at least not in my eyes your not nor is anyone that I am friends with here. But rather how we deal with our pain and keep going through the day even though it hurts so much and we are facing an uphill battle that might not ever really receive any final relief. (this is my Opinion in the whole thing). We come here to share our experiences, our triumphs, failures, our heartaches and our laughter. We try to support one another when we are feeling blue and encourage one another when we have little wins. We share knowledge of what we know works for us in hopes that it will someday work for someone else. But most of all we share friendship with one another that guides us along through the pain and helps us deal.

I know that what I am saying may sound a little lame to some...but its my opinion and I'm stickin to it :-)

Hugs

Scarred
What doesn't kill us only makes us fight back harder! :P


Pete trips again!
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 1899
   Posted 2/14/2009 3:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Scarred,
Very well said! I agree w/ you 1,000%. I know exactly what you are saying, you put into words how I feel. Something I have a problem doing. How did I end up w/ so many smart Ladies? Well, I have to get moving, just stopped in to see if anyone else replied. No very much sleep last night and a long drive, long day, long weekend crammed into 2 days. Thanks for your nice explanation of what this place is! I hope lots of others read your post!
Hugy-wuggs!
Pete
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections every 2weeks . 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on an aircraft carrier heading for Hong Kong and the other on a Gator Freighter stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 


Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 2/14/2009 3:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Uh, Pete ... It's not so good.
Pamela
I think it looks like mine!
Lots and lots of times I think ...
"Oh no, I'm not gonna make it." I tell ya, that's been 7 1/2 years and I
keep going. Of course, that's no guarantee that you'll keep going. smhair
Seriously now, I have some very bad days - the last one lasted four days!
But after I rest, I'm ready to start my life sweeping, folding clothes, swiffing ,,,
and, in general hurting myself.

We can't be what we can't be. We can't do what we can't do. That's the law. rolleyes

Post Edited (Pamela Neckpain) : 2/14/2009 3:53:45 AM (GMT-7)


skeye
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   Posted 2/14/2009 8:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow Pete! It sounds like you have a lot going on! Sorry I can't be of any help at all. Hopefully your doc will explain it all to you on Monday. I can't believe you got your report that fast! It's great that you didn't have to wait long!

Skeye
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