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doodie
07-15-2010, 11:36 PM
I had an appointment with Dr. Kebaish yesterday- one year + three months post surgeries and I'm happy to report all is well! In fact, my next appointment is one year from now - next July. :p

I am to keep walking and biking, add more PT to strengthen neck muscles. (have had cervical issues for years, but one thing at a time) No restrictions - at all, but use common sense.

These are my x-rays from yesterday. My main question was how can I tell I'm fusing? Dr. K says I am but I don't see it. Of course I'm not a doctor or radiologist so I don't see how they differ from the x-rays I had in January or the ones I had last September or the ones before that. They all look the same to me...?

Is anyone else having the same trouble believing they are fusing/fused? Can you see it in your x-rays?

PA whole spine July 2010 (http://www.box.net/shared/2byc2tvbzs)
PA Lumbar July 2010 (http://www.box.net/shared/doavt6j1kz)
Lateral whole spine July 2010 (http://www.box.net/shared/8r3hkqms8y)
Lateral Lumbar July 2010 (http://www.box.net/shared/lrqlb5s80l)

LindaRacine
07-16-2010, 12:33 AM
I had an appointment with Dr. Kebaish yesterday- one year + three months post surgeries and I'm happy to report all is well! In fact, my next appointment is one year from now - next July. :p

I am to keep walking and biking, add more PT to strengthen neck muscles. (have had cervical issues for years, but one thing at a time) No restrictions - at all, but use common sense.

These are my x-rays from yesterday. My main question was how can I tell I'm fusing? Dr. K says I am but I don't see it. Of course I'm not a doctor or radiologist so I don't see how they differ from the x-rays I had in January or the ones I had last September or the ones before that. They all look the same to me...?

Is anyone else having the same trouble believing they are fusing/fused? Can you see it in your x-rays?

AP whole spine July 2010 (http://www.box.net/shared/2byc2tvbzs)
AP Lumbar July 2010 (http://www.box.net/shared/doavt6j1kz)
Lateral whole spine July 2010 (http://www.box.net/shared/8r3hkqms8y)
Lateral Lumbar July 2010 (http://www.box.net/shared/lrqlb5s80l)
Not sure why you deleted the original thread, but oh well.

In the image that you call AP Lumbar (if it was taken from the back, it's actual PA Lumbar), you can see fusion on the left side of the spine. I'm not sure how to describe it, but the line on the left is no longer straight.

--Linda

Vali
07-16-2010, 10:13 AM
Like you Doodie, i can't see it either, but then again, i don't have the trained 'eye' like Linda has. On my own x-rays though, 3 days post-op and then at 1 year, my fusion looks obvious, especially at the L4/5-L5-S1 levels where the cages are.

doodie
07-16-2010, 11:49 PM
Thanks ladies for your replies. :)

Linda & Amanda, I deleted my initial thread after several failed attempts at including the links the way I wanted. I'm sorry your replies were deleted in the process - it certainly was no reflection on your replies!

I guess I was under the mistaken impression that the disc areas between the vertebrae would be solid as well - like a solid column of bone. :o Do we just fuse solid in a small area at the posterior area of the vertebrae and not the anterior?

Back-out
07-17-2010, 12:03 AM
Thanks ladies for your replies. :)

Linda & Amanda, I deleted my initial thread after several failed attempts at including the links the way I wanted. I'm sorry your replies were deleted in the process - it certainly was no reflection on your replies!

I guess I was under the mistaken impression that the disc areas between the vertebrae would be solid as well - like a solid column of bone. :o Do we just fuse solid in a small area at the posterior area of the vertebrae and not the anterior?

Well, I can see them now at least! Hey, some of us don't know how to upload pictures at ALL (not bragging, confessing! :p)

But I too can't figure out what shows fusion.

Scary to think of it that way, as you put it (what I've been assuming too) - that our spines become a solid tower of bone! I feel like I need to go get shoes with massive shock absorbers (springs?). Even now, I feel MUCH better with quality running shoes and socks (customized shock absorption by footfall).

And MUCH worse barefoot or without shock-absorbing footwear (the design and/or spongy insoles).

It makes the difference between back hurting or not!
Catch is, even now, it's hard to put them on because they're so fitted. :eek: Excuse me while I write another item on my "To-Panic about" list.

Hey. fabulous though, that you DO show fusion whether or not we can see it, THEY see it! That's what counts.

LindaRacine
07-17-2010, 12:21 AM
Thanks ladies for your replies. :)

Linda & Amanda, I deleted my initial thread after several failed attempts at including the links the way I wanted. I'm sorry your replies were deleted in the process - it certainly was no reflection on your replies!

I guess I was under the mistaken impression that the disc areas between the vertebrae would be solid as well - like a solid column of bone. :o Do we just fuse solid in a small area at the posterior area of the vertebrae and not the anterior?

Julie...

When discs are removed from the front, the front fuses. When discs aren't removed, but the back of the spine is fused, my understanding is that the discs calcify over a long period of time.