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  1. #16
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    Aug 2021
    Quote Originally Posted by titaniumed View Post
    CT's are easy peasy....I have done a few CT and MRI rides over the years for various reasons.Ed
    I agree that regular CTs and MRIs are easy, but it's the contrast and myelogram (spinal tap) that I am very anxious about. That's a whole other experience.

  2. #17
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    Aug 2021
    Wow, you've been through a lot! Thank God it was successful.

    I have put it off for a while while doing my due diligence with other treatment options, but those other options cannot fix the curve and twist in my spine. I understand what you mean about feeling the twist. I am in pain daily and look forward to a positive outcome after surgery. The Myelogram was difficult for me for a few reasons, so now having to do it again is hard for me, but I will make it through. And it is required by the surgeon as part of the pre-op clearance.

    Thank you for your response!

  3. #18
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    Aug 2021
    Quote Originally Posted by LindaRacine View Post
    Did Dr. Geck say what was done incorrectly? I'm guessing they didn't visualize the correct levels. -Linda
    I was told that the contrast was too viscous. I pray they get it right the second time.

  4. #19
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    Dec 2008
    Maybe you can try a different hospital to do the test. You can request a disc and bring it to your surgeon.
    T10-pelvis fusion 12/08
    C5,6,7 fusion 9/10
    T2--T10 fusion 2/11
    C 4-5 fusion 11/14
    Right scapulectomy 6/15
    Right pectoralis major muscle transfer to scapula
    To replace the action of Serratus Anterior muscle 3/16
    Broken neck 9/28/2018
    Emergency surgery posterior fusion C4- T3
    Repeated 11/2018 because rods pulled apart added T2 fusion
    Removal of partial right thoracic hardware 1/2020
    Removal and replacement of C4-T10 hardware with C7 and T 1

  5. #20
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    May 2008
    Quote Originally Posted by scoliosisstory View Post
    Wow, you've been through a lot! Thank God it was successful.
    I guess so....2007, 2008, and 2009 were busy years for me as far as surgeries are concerned. The scoliosis procedures were substantial for a 2 day stage, front, then back, I guess my surgeon felt I could handle it. It all worked out...I used up all my prayer allowance.

    You will get through that 2nd tap.... They made me roll over twice and then wait about 20 minutes before laying in the machine. They should keep a pogo stick available for mixing purposes. (More Radiology room humor) Ha ha
    Thinking about this, it's been almost 20 years since I had that test....

    How big are your curves? Are you an idiopathic? Male, Female, Age? How long have you been hanging in there? I waited 33 years for my surgeries. Since I was 16 every single doctor told me I would have my day, including my Chiro's. It was also a whole different scene years ago and I also need to be fused to the pelvis, which they don't like doing on young people....I was also a very active skier and was in great shape except for my spine....I waited for technology to advance which it did over the years.

    On the subject of CT, scoliosis surgeons do use "O" and "C" arms during our surgeries which is live flouroscopy so they can see things as they operate. Some doctors also use CT scans and operate through a heads up display which is also a great tool. I had flouroscopy burns on my hips with all the extensive lumbar work I had done. It was like a bad sunburn. This comes with really long surgeries....some up to 12 hours.

    49 yr old male, now 62, the new 63...
    Pre surgery curves T70,L70
    ALIF/PSA T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion

    My x-rays

  6. #21
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    Aug 2021
    Quote Originally Posted by titaniumed View Post
    You will get through that 2nd tap.... How big are your curves? Are you an idiopathic? Male, Female, Age? How long have you been hanging in there? Ed
    The second tap got off to a rocky start, but was more successful overall.

    I am a 47 yr old female. I was diagnosed with idiopathic adolescent scoliosis at age 12 and wore a brace for a year. I got annual check ups for a while, then every five years due to no changes occurring. Five years ago, I was in an auto accident that seemed to exacerbate everything. I now have bulging discs in my neck and back, a torn ligament in my back, and two torn ligaments in my wrist (for which I had surgery probably 3 years ago). My curvature has increased to 36 thoracic and 59 lumbar, my pelvis is tilted forward, and my spine is actually twisting (causing a back bump).

    I have participated in the following treatments over the past five years: chiropractic treatment, massage therapy, physical therapy, and pain management. I also go to the gym 4-5 days a week to use machines and dumbbells, I can handle about 10 minutes at a time on the stationary bike, and try to get in 3-5 yoga sessions a week. I feel like I have done what I can to avoid or delay surgery, but the above cannot fix my scoliosis. It helps me to be in better shape prior to surgery and possibly delayed it for a while, but at this point it's only getting worse. The surgeon called it a "collapsing spine" and that's exactly what it feels like. I am hopeful that I will not only experience relief from pain, but have my spine and supporting muscles back where they are designed to be, and get some relief for my internal organs that are compacted and pushed forward.

  7. #22
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    Jan 2008
    Hey. I just want to say I admire your command of the situation and your knowledge base.

    I think you will figure this out and be successful.

    Best regards,

    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

    No island of sanity.

    Question: What do you call alternative medicine that works?
    Answer: Medicine

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