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Retired Mom
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   Posted 8/26/2010 5:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
 
I went to my new orhto yesterday....why I'm not exactly sure...  Anyway, he was supposed to tell me what was going on with the MRI where they said I had a disc bulging and I don't have a disc.  He was also supposed to be helping me determine what is wrong with my back based on the MRI's and x-rays I have already had.  I didn't want meds and I was only trying to find out what was wrong and if I could have PM give me some more nerve ablations. 
 
So after I answer a million and one questions about what I can and cannot do (which is pretty obvious) with the PA, the Dr comes in and doesn't tell me anything except that he doesn't see any nerve damage.  He wants to do a Mylegram followed by CT asap and to see me again next Wednesday.  He says he may then decide to put in an SCS or may have to consider other options.  Then he goes on to tell me that often at the 18 month mark from fusion they find that the back did not fuse as it should have and they may have to go in and fix it.  I started crying so bad at the thought of more surgery that I couldn't even think.  Then they had me do two new x-rays with them and sent me out the door with word that they would call me today with the schedule for the mylegram.  I tried to express my concern about the procedure, but it was kind of dismissed as no big deal.  CT contrast really bothers me because it makes me feel like I am on fire....especially in the genital area (sorry to be so graphic).  It's like somebody poured liquid fire in my body.  I'm terrified of having this done because I can't stand the pain of another needle in my back, I'm allergic to the numbing medicine, I'm scared of the dye, I'm terrified of additional injury and so on and so on.  I also don't think I can pass a psychological for SCS or that I can willingly undergo another back surgery.  My life is ruined now and I can't even imagine if it were worse.  At least I can still walk, slowly and with a poor gait, but I can still walk now.
 
What do you guys think?  I need some advice so bad because I can't even think on my own.  I feel like I'm going to have a nervous breakdown......pain, pain, pain, stress, stress, pain, pain, stress, pain.....you understand.
 
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   Posted 8/26/2010 6:38 AM (GMT -7)   

 

  Goodness Retired!

     I am so sorry he scared you so badly. Did he understand your fears reguarding more procedures and contrast dye? I sure hope so. You have been through so much the last two years it doesnt seem fair that you have to endure even more.

     Perhaps, when you go in for your CT, you can tell the tech about the reaction you have with the contrast dye? I do not know of any alternatives, but perhaps he/she can offer a new suggestion or reason for your reaction? I know the last thing you want is a barrage of testing, but the images will help your doctor to understand in detail what is happening to your spine.

     I completly understand your fears reguarding an SCS. Who wouldnt be afraid? I think in your situation, the best thing to do is to arm yourself with knowladge. Learn everything and anything you possibly can about the SCS. That way when he "suggests" it again, you are able to have a conversation with him reguarding fact based risks and why you do not think it would be a wise decision (nor a good decision, you might change your mind by then?)? That way you are having a reasonable "meeting of the minds" reguarding it.

    Most of all I am so sorry he has you going through a whirl wind of testing. I hope you are able to find a few moments to yourself today. Hang in there

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   Posted 8/26/2010 7:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Prayers and lots of soft healing hugz...
Do what Dani suggested and google everything you can to learn about the SCS...
Sure wish I had magic words right now that could help...
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   Posted 8/26/2010 7:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Mom
I am so sorry you are feeling so overwhelmed right now. I don't have any answers regarding your back problems as that is not my area of pain, but I did want to offer you my thoughts and prayers for some better days for you. Just know that I care about you. We are all here for you, for support and guidance and a listening ear or even a shoulder to cry on. God knows how many times i've done that, I never knew one had so many tears, I thought I would have been all dried up by now.
 
Hang in there friend.
 
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One day at a time!!

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   Posted 8/26/2010 7:51 AM (GMT -7)   
24 hours before going in for the CT with contrast start taking OTC Benedryl as prescribed on the box and time it out so that you have a dose 30 min to an hour before getting the scan. This may help with the reaction you have to the dye. If it doesn't then I would start listing CT contrast on your med forms as an allergy. I too have a pretty bad reaction to CT contrast in the form of severe flushing (which sounds like is what is going on with you) to the point that my skin will end up peeling a day or two afterwards. I list the contrast dye as an allergy and will only undergo it if it is really needed and then I take Benedryl like I described and it helps to keep it from getting real bad or lasting very long.


The only other suggestion I have for you, beyond what others have given, is the next time you go in to see this doctor tell him exactly what you expect from him. Let him know how he made you feel at your last appointment, why and how he made you feel like that, etc and see how it goes. If he continues to brush off your concerns, fears, etc then I think it may be in your best interest to find another Ortho.
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   Posted 8/26/2010 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you guys so much. I called and told the scheduling tech that I cannot physically or emotionally do the mylegram or the CT with contrast and that I would gladly do a CT without contrast. I just can't do it. It's too much right now and I can't handle any more. They were a little less than receptive, but she said she would talk to the Dr and see what he decides to do. I guess I will see how well he works with his patients when I get an answer.

I really appreciate all the support and advice. The benadryl info is great too. I vaguely remember the last time I had the CT contrast that the tech told me that I had likely developed an allergy to it and probably shouldn't use it again. I flushed all over in addition to the burning. It's been a while though and it was a different hospital. I may even try to see if I can get the records that may have been kept from that one (I don't remember what the reason was for the CT, but I doubt it had anything to do with my back). Perhaps the tech listed the allergy.

Thanks again!
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   Posted 8/26/2010 11:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Mom,

I used to schedule CT Myelograms and other radiology tests for a living. Tell your doctor about your reaction, because they have a preparation of prednisone and benadryl that you can take for reduce your reaction. It is stressful enough to contemplate the myelogram, I cant imagine adding the stress of thinking about another surgery. You are in my thoughts and prayers for healing and comfort.

If you have any questions about the prep or test, let me know!

HUGS
Mindy
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   Posted 8/26/2010 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
MM if he is thinking you are not completely fused this is why he is wanting the myelo & Ct, . The myelo & CT shows the nerves and it is like a road map with the nerves. An MRI will not show the nerves like this. I am sorry you are so upset about the appt. Take care. Susie

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   Posted 8/26/2010 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
hi mom, don't worry. first of all i can't stand surgeons who send a PA to interview you on pointless issues. i remember your post about disk fragments where you had a interbody fusion, i ask my neurosurgeon who is a friend of mine and talk to frequently about that same thing and he said even when they plan to do a total diskectomy sometimes they miss peices if it is tough antatomy. the way this ortho's personality seems ther is no way i would use him. i don't know if he showed you on the x-rays he took where he thought you weren't fused but that would have been nice. with your troubles with CT dye the it would be real in conjuntion with the myleogram injection and trauma because from the sound of it; correct me if im wrong he made them sound like two separate procedures because usaully they inject the dye intrathecally, shoot x-rays and then do the CT without IV contrast. and then if he jumped all the way to a SCS or something more from there it sounds like he is trying to sell you a surgery or at least a SCS. if you have the radiologist report on the MRI and x-rays [if you don't they will give you a copy from where it was done] does it say anything about the bone graft taking hold or not. it sounds like you had a PLIF with interbody and posterior bone grafting? did they take a autograft from your hip or a graft from the bone bank? do you know if they used BMP bone morphegenic protein with your graft to increase the chances of fusion? if you would like to post the MRI report or opperitive report my neuro. friend who lives next door will read it a i will let youknow what he says, regardless ther is know way in h*** i would use that ortho. best wishes to you and you will be in my prayers.
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   Posted 8/26/2010 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry, I am a little late responding and I do not have answers....but I just wanted to say I so understand you fear and I am sending you big gentle hugs! Please do what is best for you and don't just "follow doctors orders"! Take care!

Hugs,
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   Posted 8/26/2010 3:19 PM (GMT -7)   
retiredmom, I am so sorry that you are going through all of this. Why does the Dr. think that the fusion did not work?
You really do need to do what is best for you with the myleogram. But have you thought about telling them to give you something to help you through the procedure. I am sure they can give you a IV and let you sleep through it. I recently had the myleogram done. My surgeon did say that they do not order it unless absolutely necessary, so this may be the case with you.
Please keep us posted and good luck.
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   Posted 8/26/2010 4:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all again.

Soldier, I really appreciate all the advice. They never even discussed the MRI results to tell me if they were accurate or not and I never saw anything with the x-rays. He uses a program where the x-rays are sent to a computer screen just outside the patient's room door. He looks them over and then tells you whatever. All he told me was that he could see no nerve damage.

I'm so nervous about this guy and I think you are right about not letting him touch me surgically for an SCS or for anything else. I don't like it at all and the more I think about it the more it makes me nervous for someone to just step in and say they can fix something when they aren't even sure what it is.

Monty's Mom, thanks for the advice too. I'm glad that you were able to shed some light on this issue. I'm allergic to steroids, so that is out of the question. I may be making a mistake, but I'm not going to let them give me any contrast. I have a BAD feeling about it and I'm not willing to risk it. MRI contrast is fine, but CT contrast is not going to happen right now. I''m just too concerned and I really don't want the SCS or the surgery. I just want to know what is wrong and will only have SCS or surgery if there is no other option that keeps me from horrible progression of my pain. I'll have to live with the way I am until there is no other choice.

Again, I appreciate all of you!
Retired Mom

Post Edited (retiredmom) : 8/26/2010 5:17:34 PM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 8/26/2010 5:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi. I'm sorry that I don't have much time to write, but I read your posts and I'm so sorry that you're going through this. I really think that it's best that you called the doctor's office and told them that you couldn't do the mylegram or CT w/ contrast. It's so important to set your limitations when you have CP and it's really good that you did that.

You are in my thoughts and my prayers. Can you do something nice for yourself? Sometimes, that helps me. Even if it's just something little, like renting a movie or eating some chocolate.

Lots of hugs from me:)

Flower

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   Posted 8/26/2010 6:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I would honestly love to do something fun and nice for myself Flower. My 42nd birthday was Monday and my husband and daughter were great. They made be a breakfast (unfortunately I was too sick to eat it), then my husband made me brownies and iced them with some candles and all. They picked out lovely cards and tried to make my day as special as possible. My husband even took off of work (probably because our anaversary a few weeks ago was a disaster) lol, but it was a nice gesture anyway.

The problem was that I hurt the whole time, we had a MAJOR change with my daughter's education and ended up having to change her to a whole new school system in the middle of this week. I picked up the packet on Monday, had an interview for both she and I on Tuesday afternoon, and she started the new school on Wednesday. She's almost two weeks behind and, even though she is a gifted child, she scored a 30 on a test today because it is a whole new world of learning. The schools are completely opposite in everything from clothing and shoes to mandatory manners, hours of homework, and different methods of instruction in every subject (even Math, English and History). She loves the environment, but today was so overwhelming because she is a perfectionist and couldn't understand the material. She doesn't even have all of her books yet and we still studied from about 3:45 to 9:15 with only a couple of short breaks. Our login passwords won't become active until 3:00 AM, so I can't even track what she has for homework or has tests on until then. I know it's the right thing, but the timing couldn't be worse for me for sure. So now I have to go pick her up at 3:15 and make it home in time for my nephew to get off of the school bus at my house at 4:10. Thankfully he is only here for a little while until his mother can get here from work, but stress is overwhelming.

I'm sorry to have opened a totally different topic, but I needed to vent before I blew a gasket. Everything will work out for the best with the "no test" or the CT without contrast. We'll just have to see. You guys gave me the strength to say NO to the myleogram and CT with contrast.

You mean the world to me!
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   Posted 8/27/2010 6:02 AM (GMT -7)   

 

    Happy Birthday Mom! :)

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   Posted 8/27/2010 9:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Retired Mom,
I'm sorry that I didn't reply before now. I understand your fears and confusion about why the new ortho might want to order the CT scan and myelogram. It's fairly standard practice to do this once a fusion has been done and to evaluate the fusion status.
I've had three of them so far and am on my way to my 4th, and I was scared to death, especially the first two times. So scared in fact, that I got off the gurney outside the myelogram room and tried to leave the hospital..... smhair shocked
The reasons behind the ordering of the CT scan and myelogram are at least two fold, the myelogram shows any compression of the spinal nerve roots where they exit the foramen and to evaluate any compression of the spinal cord. It also allows them to see the fusion, far better than the CT scan. The CT scan is done right after the myelogram, and then you go back to your room to rest until they tell you to go home. The CT scan is done to check on the solidness of the fusion and to see if there is any compression of the spinal nerve roots from a different angle. The MRI can not evaluate whether or not there is a solid fusion so that is why he wanted to get it done.
 
The myelogram is scary, no one wants anyone to stick a needle into the spinal cord if they don't have to, but honestly, the hardest part was laying still. I barely felt it at all, and I think the only reason that I felt anything was because the lidocaine hadn't worked completely. They are usually done by a interventional radiologist, who does them all of the time. And the horror stories we read or hear about only make them all the more scary. But they truly do have a purpose and if the doctor really didn't feel it needed to be done, he wouldn't have ordered it.
Drink lots of coke , not caffeine free either, you want all of the caffeine you can tolerate. Tea, coffee, and soda all are terrific to drink post myelogram.
As someone mentioned, because you have had difficulty with the contrast used before, you would have to tell the person scheduling the myelogram about it. I know they used omnipaque during my myelograms, so I am not sure if they are still  using that contrast, but they can give you medications, including benadryl before hand to manage the symptoms if you did have a reaction.
I know that having to face the possibility of another surgery if you aren't fused is a huge scary thought, I have had to deal with a failed fusion myself, so I have traveled that road too, but if it isn't fused, and there is a problem with the screws or the rods, it could endanger your spinal cord and that isn't a chance you want to take. I had two screws loosened up, both of them backing out of the vertebre and if they had come out any further, I would have had some more serious problems, and I've already got enough.
I was loosing what little ability that I had to walk and each day was getting worse than the one before, but having the revision for the failed fusion and replacing those screws and the rest of the mess that my 2nd surgeon had to clean up was the only choice that I had, or resign myself to permanently using a wheelchair 24/7.
You say that you can walk now, and you want to keep it that way. I hope that you will give yourself a little time to think about it and then decide to find out what is going on. Then you can decide what to do with the information. You don't have to decide everything all at once, and maybe you will be very lucky and find that nothing is going on that you need to worry any more about.
I had to take things one day at a time, and one thing at a time then, otherwise I would have not done it either, but I felt that things were getting worse and worse, day by day and I didn't really have a choice.
Hang in there Retired mom and know that I am thinking of you.
Sandi

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   Posted 8/28/2010 9:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Retiredmom!

I'm so sorry to be replying late to this post, but the boss has had me pretty busy at work, bringing a new machine on-line.

There is no reason that your Dr can't take the time to explain what he is thinking and answering your questions. If this is the case....I'm afraid I would look elsewhere for care. Period!

It will be up to you to see that he answers your questions completely. If you cannot get to where you trust this man and you still have an uneasy feeling....I would walk!

Can you call around and start the process of checking for a new Dr?

On your next visit....stop this turkey in the middle of his BS, and tell him straight out what is bothering you and that you need simple straight answers.

Again if he blows you off...then get up and walk out the door. There is no need for this at all! I have seen White Beard many times say that these Dr's are working for you!

If you cant tell by now!.....I'm a little hot under the collar!....You have had way too many problems to be treated this way!

I'm done!

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   Posted 8/29/2010 6:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks again guys,

I can't even get them to return a phone call right now. I've tried for two days and he wanted me back in the office on Wednesday, but I simply cannot imagine them getting me scheduled for any real test and being back in his office on Wednesday. Something's not right here!

I'll try again on Monday to see what is going on. I know you guys are the experts here and that you understand the mylegram and CT way more than I do, but right now I'm still sticking with a NO in doing them. I would much rather just have them talk to me and not "at" me like I am a fool. I am in so much pain that I know something is wrong, but to jump directly to SCS and possible surgery again is too quick for the first 15 minute visit. It's like he is so arrogant that he know what is best for you without ever really knowing what you're about. I simply don't do well with surgery. I never have....with any surgery (and I've had several). I will do what is absolutely necessary, but I want options and discussion so that I can make an informed decison. I don't want that condescending "we're gonna get you out of some of this pain" and patting my leg. My tears were not for sympathy. They were from pain, from fear, and from the knowledge that I don't think I can handle another surgery.

I'm also upset because nobody even addressed my hands....they are NUMB, but yet they HURT!!! No answers anywhere!!! Why?

None the less, September is a month completely filled with Dr Apts, so perhaps something will come together. I should also get an answer on whether or not this lawyer will be taking my case for SSD (and she is supposed to be the best in the area) so I feel like I have a chance if she takes it.

Keep your fingers crossed for me and for those who pray, please keep me in your prayers.

All my best!
Retired Mom

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   Posted 8/29/2010 5:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Retired Mom, I am sorry that you are in so much pain and that this new dr is such a jerk. You have every right to be so upset about that meeting. Why did you decide to go to see an ortho instead of a neurosurgeon or neurologist for your problems? I'm just curious. I know that some ortho's do specialize in spinal procedures but I think I would go see a neuro for anything having to due with nerve/spine issues. Just my preference. I think maybe you should definitely cancel the CT until you get the chance to really talk to this dr or someone else especially considering all the problems you have with the contrast material. The SCS seems like a big leap for a dr to take considering he just meet you. I can understand your reluctance to do anymore surgery but unfortunately that may be what it takes to get things under control for you. But first off you need to have a good working relationship with a dr that you can trust. This guy doesn't sound like that person. Good luck, Lisa
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   Posted 8/30/2010 7:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Geckogirl,
 
I didn't actually decide to see an ortho.  Actually I asked to be returned to my NeuroSurgeon, however, my PCP said she couldn't justify sending me back when there were not "nerve" issues showing on the MRI.  I really wanted to scream that there was NOTHING showing correctly on the MRI, so why should that be of any real concern.  The MRI reading was a joke!
 
I made another call this morning because they wanted all of this done and me back in his office by Wednesday.  I STILL  haven't heard anything about a scheduled test of any kind and/or if he will agree for me to just have a CT without contrast and no Myleogram.  I guess I will wait a few more hours and try it again, but if I can't find anything out soon, I'm going to call the PCP, go get another copy of the MRI and X-ray films and reports, and call the neuro office myself.  Surely they would be interested in seeing me before an ortho made such a serious decision on work they have already done.  This whole thing has gotten out of hand very quickly and I don't like it when a Dr. thinks they have ALL the answers without even really knowing about the problem.  Something's too odd here.  I just don't like it!
Retired Mom

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   Posted 8/30/2010 8:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh OK. Thanks for the info. That makes sense. I guess I would just be more comfortable with the whole thing concerning the tests and talk about a SCS if that was coming from a neuro. I adore and trust completely the ortho who has done all my knee and shoulder work but wouldn't want him touching my spine. Since you are already a patient of that neuro I imagine you don't need a referral so I think maybe you should give them a call. It might make you pcp a bit ticked off but boo-hoo for her. It is your body that we're talking about and you have the right to make that decision. So don't allow yourself to get bullied into anything by this ortho or your pcp. Please keep us posted on what happens. Best wishes, Lisa
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