Got my cervical spine MRI today. Only a year in the waiting.

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Testosterone
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   Posted 1/27/2011 11:50 PM (GMT -6)   
5/7 discs completely crushed.
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   Posted 1/27/2011 11:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Certainly explains the headaches and the burning sensation all over my body.

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   Posted 1/28/2011 3:36 PM (GMT 0)   

 

   Dear Test,

     Good morning. How are you doing? I know you have had quite a bit going on in your life. I hope you are able to get some rest at some point today.

     I am glad you got your MRI out of the way. One less thing to deal with. When do you see your doctor to go over the results and come up with a treatment plan? I hope it is soon. Stay strong and hang in there.

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   Posted 1/28/2011 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I hope they finally realize me saying "I feel like I'm on fire isn't me trying to get stronger meds. I hope it makes them realize i really mean it when I say my pain medicine isno ly lasting four hours (roxicodone 30mg) and not 6. I hope infer to get put back on opana 20 mg IR every 6 instead of the oxy because It is such a much more miraculous painkiller. Has anyone with the kind of I jury I have been on fentanyl like the lollipops or buccal tables? My aunt had a fractured neck (one of the images appeared to show one when Iooked at the films) and she said those helped her tremendously.

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   Posted 1/28/2011 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
it looks like the facets at c6- t1 are fusing naturally. i would try to find the best neurosurgeon in the land to see if they can do anything with that. what do you think of Dilaudid for severe pain?
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   Posted 1/28/2011 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I had much better results with opana than dilaudid. It's just that even roxy 30s aren't workong for me anymore. I'm Interested in actiq because the reliefnis immediate because of transmucosal absorption and the 40-80 mins in waiting for relief is hell. Have any if you been prescribed IV morphine or derivatives for pain relief? I know my aunt with the broken neck was.

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   Posted 1/28/2011 2:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Actiq is very, very expensive and some ins. company's will not pay for it. They may require a person to try several other pain meds before approving it too. It is highly additive and bad about causing dental problems. Is there a reason your dr took you off of Opana to begin with especially if it worked so well for you.

Did you get a copy of the written report of the MRI and when do you see your dr again?

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   Posted 1/28/2011 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   
i also waited for a year until i could not walk at all before they began to listen to me. it is very disheartening and frustrating. i do not take opiates because of ibs/c. now i take mobic and find it pretty good. i do not work and find it i can sleep i am better off. pain has made me exhausted and these doctors, etc. are not very helpful.

i wish you good luck.

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   Posted 1/28/2011 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
that dose you were on of opana IR 20mg q6hrs. who cost me 2000 dollars even with my insurance. opana IR is more like a sustained release drug because it's kick in is gradual for a IR med. but it has a long life and your dose probably leveled off in your blood. i think actiq would give you cavities. will your doctor give you opana and dilaudid or MSIR? levorphanol works when nothing else does sometimes. a longshot drug called GABITRIL might help your headaches and sleep.

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   Posted 1/28/2011 11:16 PM (GMT -6)   
They diet want to. They had to because workmans comp adjuster claimed my pain meds weren't causally related. Once I have hearing and he's forced to put them back on I'll be fine. Oxy is doing ok...just not as analgesic.

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   Posted 1/29/2011 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   

 

  Dear Test,

   What does the report from your MRI say? The "findings" file?

*hugg*
  dani


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   Posted 1/29/2011 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi~

Glad you made it this far. I don't usually say this but those pictures don't do you justice! wink Sorry, I often use a bit of humor when things aren't good. Those MRI results do look awful though and I do agree with you...if the doctors don't take you seriously now I would think it's time for a second or third opinion.

I hope it doesn't come to that but if it does my suggestion would be to head to a university/teaching hospital nearest to you. There's a link in the Chronic Pain 101 topic but here's the link so you won't have to go searching.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_university_hospitals

As spinal soldier said, get the best surgeon there is and at the teaching hospitals they are also research labs and on the cutting edge of treatments. Messing with the spine is a far cry from setting a broken finger. You certainly do need and deserve the very best!

Keep us posted...
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   Posted 1/29/2011 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Keep us posted as to what your doctor says, hope
you can get a low pain day soon.
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