Yes, the ortho said that if it is in my hips that a hip replacement may be necessary. That there aren't other options other than surgeries is really scary but he said that they can not leave the bone in unless they do some drilling procedure that implants a bone graft with a new blood supply but that doesn't work very often in the hips or the wrist and that it usually winds up requiring hip replacement. I know that with the modern technology, hip replacement is not as difficult as it once was, but geez...and with the wrist, they may be able to put a piece of plastic in to replace the missing bone if they remove it, or they can remove that row of bones in your wrist, but that creates it's own problems or they simply fuse the wrist. I won't know anything until the MRI is done and I see him again, so I need to schedule that today since they finally got my insurance approval.
I really like the cardiologist, at least he hasn't just told me that this chest pain stuff is in my head or due to anxiety. I think I might like to thwap him if he did. LOL
Steriods- boy is that one mixed bag of feelings. I know that they have kept me out of the hospital several times, but this last time, my doctor kept me on them for over a month, at a high dose and I think that is what caused the avn. I don't like hospitals but if he had told me at the time that the steroids might cause this, I wouldn't have taken them. .
I have COPD , from all of the respiratory stuff over the years, but thankfully don't have congestive heart failure. That is truly scary. Your family must be so worried about
you Susie and I can't blame them. Steroids also cause problems in the spine, and aren't supposed to be used there, but they do, in fact, I think far too much. I know that doctors around here love to throw a Medrol dose pack at people with back problems and the injections they want to do , have far too many encounters with steroids. It's one of the reasons that I stopped accepting them, along with the fact they didn't help....but there are many doctors around me who will do the whole series of injections if you will let them, from esi's, to facet injections, to selective nerve root blocks, to the whole spectrum and just about
all of them include some dose of steroids in them.
I found a bunch of references for homeopathic treatments for psoraisis if you are interested. Seems Dead Sea Salts are really good at getting the inflammation down and healing the patches, and you can buy them about
anywhere. And vitamin B, tea tree oil, and a whole bunch of others. If you are interested, I will send you the links. I'm sure that you probably know about
a lot of them but I thought that I would see if I could find something that might ease some of the pain you are dealing with....
Hope you are having a lower pain day.
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.