Degenerative disc disease...

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Re: Degenerative disc disease...

Post by Käsemeister @ Tue Nov 12, 2013 5:58 pm

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Re: Degenerative disc disease...

Post by HappyGoLucky @ Tue Nov 12, 2013 7:02 pm

Käsemeister wrote:Cyborglucky!

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Re: Degenerative disc disease...

Post by Boo @ Tue Nov 12, 2013 7:20 pm

Ooh that doesn't sound or look good. :-(
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Re: Degenerative disc disease...

Post by HappyGoLucky @ Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:06 pm

Boo wrote:Ooh that doesn't sound or look good. :-(

'parently it'll sort the problem, which is a good thing and unlike a spinal fusion; it shouldn't pass the stress onto the adjacent discs.

What's really disconcerting is the fact that it takes two surgeons, one vascular and one orthopod and they go in from the front! Vascular surgeon to move all the pipes n shit out of the way and the other to crack n jack the vertebrae, scoop out the fcuked disc and jemmy one of those shiny fcukers into place! Suddenly seems far more involved than shaving a bit of disc off.
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Re: Degenerative disc disease...

Post by Boo @ Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:25 pm

They're going in through your penis?! Bloody good luck then.

I need to have my lower back/hip looked at. Been avoiding it as well, the pain seems to come and go but it stayed after a couple of runs. But first I need to sort out the vertigo which also appears to be back.
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Re: Degenerative disc disease...

Post by HappyGoLucky @ Wed Nov 13, 2013 7:57 am

Boo wrote:They're going in through your penis?! Bloody good luck then.

Insertion of prostesis aside, I think I'd rather live with the debilitating pain than have two surgeons elbows deep in my peanus.

Imagine the post operative consequences, it'd be like the aftermath of a woman trying to shove a babies head up her fanjita!
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Re: Degenerative disc disease...

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Wed Nov 13, 2013 8:17 am

HappyGoLucky wrote:Met with the neurosurgeon who did the last two ops on my back to review the MRI and he can't operate again as he says there won't be enough disc left as it's a much bigger hernia this time. After looking at the results he was amazed I'm still moving around and says I need to have a disc replacement op asap.
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Jesus.

Any idea why they have to go in from the front? Is it to do with supporting your spine?
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Re: Degenerative disc disease...

Post by HappyGoLucky @ Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:34 am

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HappyGoLucky wrote:Met with the neurosurgeon who did the last two ops on my back to review the MRI and he can't operate again as he says there won't be enough disc left as it's a much bigger hernia this time. After looking at the results he was amazed I'm still moving around and says I need to have a disc replacement op asap.
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Jesus.

Any idea why they have to go in from the front? Is it to do with supporting your spine?

I thinks it's as much about staying away from the spinal column and all the nerves that run down the sides. I'll know more once I've spoken with the surgeon, certainly looking forward to it less than I was thanks to the wonders of the internet and all the conflicting information out there about how successful this approach is/isn't. Have to stop looking and wait until I get the proper info from the people that will be doing it.
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Re: Degenerative disc disease...

Post by Anotherconvert @ Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:45 am

Some anecdotal comfort I hope.

One of my pc's had disc replacement in July. He is back at work. Had a really (to my mind) quick recovery time as well. Once the op scars etc had knitted properly he had a few weeks rehab treatment and was moving around as close to normal as makes no difference. I suppose it depends which disc is being treated but he was back scuttled to get to L5.

His op was carried out by the back specialist associated to the England rugby team, and who I see in a few days time.

Everything crossed for you.
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Re: Degenerative disc disease...

Post by HappyGoLucky @ Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:50 am

Anotherconvert wrote:Some anecdotal comfort I hope.

One of my pc's had disc replacement in July. He is back at work. Had a really (to my mind) quick recovery time as well. Once the op scars etc had knitted properly he had a few weeks rehab treatment and was moving around as close to normal as makes no difference. I suppose it depends which disc is being treated but he was back scuttled to get to L5.

His op was carried out by the back specialist associated to the England rugby team, and who I see in a few days time.

Everything crossed for you.

Some comfort indeed, I don't know anyone who has had this procedure so it's very much a case of worrying about the unknown. A fast recovery is what I'm hoping for as I was back to work within a month of the last two less intrusive ops. On the other hand, my wife had a spinal fusion in '91 to correct a scacral anomily and she was off work for the best part of a year.

Good luck with your trip to the specialist AC, has the bollock stopped hurting?
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Re: Degenerative disc disease...

Post by Anotherconvert @ Wed Nov 13, 2013 11:25 am

Yep. I'm bollock pain free.

But....

The pills have triggered a couple of side effects.

Raging shits, these I can deal with.

Gout. That is a bastard. There is a history in the family and the pills have triggered an abnormal kidney function which is a major cause of gout. I've a big toe swollen like a bastard and more painful than anything I've ever felt. (Ladies, other ladies have commented that gout IS more painful than childbirth!)

So I've had the meds changed which means more back ache, less mobility but my toe is going down and my kidneys are swinging back in line.
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Re: Degenerative disc disease...

Post by HappyGoLucky @ Wed Nov 13, 2013 2:56 pm

Anotherconvert wrote:But....

The pills have triggered a couple of side effects.

Raging shits, these I can deal with.

Gout. That is a bastard. There is a history in the family and the pills have triggered an abnormal kidney function which is a major cause of gout. I've a big toe swollen like a bastard and more painful than anything I've ever felt. (Ladies, other ladies have commented that gout IS more painful than childbirth!)

So I've had the meds changed which means more back ache, less mobility but my toe is going down and my kidneys are swinging back in line.

Gout sounds really nasty, luckily haven't had that. My meds (Lyrica, Celebrex and Tramacet) just leave me feeling somewhat detached, numb and ever so slightly stoned.

Finally have appointment with orthopod for 2nd December.
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Re: Degenerative disc disease...

Post by HappyGoLucky @ Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:01 pm

FFS! 150kms round trip for a 15 minute meeting with the surgeon to be told I have to have another MRI. Because the knackered disc is L5, it is very close to where the major arteries and such divert out to each leg so they need to know how close - or hopefully not - they are before a decision can be made as to whether I get a new disc or have to have a fusion.

Unfortunately this MRI needs to be reviewed by a specialist radiologist who isn't available until 27th December! fcuksticks. If he decides I can have a new disc, I've then got to have another scan to map out the disc so they can build the new one to match. Earliest chance of an op is now 21st January. cnutting disc.
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Re: Degenerative disc disease...

Post by Anotherconvert @ Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:36 pm

Hate it when they do that. No way they didn't know that before you made the trip.

I've bee. Told I'm not on a waiting list, but a pathway to wellness! And as my treatment has officially started the 18 weeks to actually do anything don't count for the stats.

I'm going to find that moan about doctors thread.

L5? Turned me down for operating on that one. They'll do L4, but recommended a fusion on L5 above replacement...
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Re: Degenerative disc disease...

Post by HappyGoLucky @ Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:08 am

Anotherconvert wrote: Told I'm not on a waiting list, but a pathway to wellness! And as my treatment has officially started the 18 weeks to actually do anything don't count for the stats.

That is pure cuntspeak.


Anotherconvert wrote:L5? Turned me down for operating on that one. They'll do L4, but recommended a fusion on L5 above replacement...

Maybe it's the drugs, and I misheard when he was talking about what can be done down to L5.
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Re: Degenerative disc disease...

Post by Anotherconvert @ Wed Dec 04, 2013 8:58 am

Was quite good. Immediately after saying 'pathway to wellness' the doc muttered 'which is just as annoying to me'

He was very blunt with me. There is no cure, we are just going to be managing this.
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Re: Degenerative disc disease...

Post by HappyGoLucky @ Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:00 am

D-day -1 has finally arrived. Go to admissions at 17:00 this afternoon sign all waivers and offer up my credit card for massive rapeage if the accountant hasn't resolved the issue the caused my french medical cover to be cancelled :irked:
Then I'll be whisked to my private room whereupon a bevy of buxom nurses will prepare me by means of depilation down there. Operation is slated for 07:30 tomorrow morning, so I should be back posting shite sometime after lunch assuming they haven't fcuked something up.

See you all on the other side...
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Re: Degenerative disc disease...

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:05 am

HappyGoLucky wrote:D-day -1 has finally arrived. Go to admissions at 17:00 this afternoon sign all waivers and offer up my credit card for massive rapeage if the accountant hasn't resolved the issue the caused my french medical cover to be cancelled :irked:
Then I'll be whisked to my private room whereupon a bevy of buxom nurses will prepare me by means of depilation down there. Operation is slated for 07:30 tomorrow morning, so I should be back posting shite sometime after lunch assuming they haven't fcuked something up.

See you all on the other side...

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Post by Dirk @ Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:05 am

Good luck
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Post by Käsemeister @ Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:17 am

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Re: Degenerative disc disease...

Post by DI Burnside @ Mon Mar 03, 2014 10:07 am

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Re: Degenerative disc disease...

Post by span @ Mon Mar 03, 2014 10:17 am

Good luck HGL!
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Re: Degenerative disc disease...

Post by HappyGoLucky @ Tue Mar 04, 2014 5:34 am

Just had pre med after a night of medically induced dysentery. Apparently the surgeon gad to move my colon and wants it empty. Inside out is more than likely. Night all

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Post by NNK @ Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:10 am

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Re: Degenerative disc disease...

Post by deev @ Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:46 pm

Good luck!
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Re: Degenerative disc disease...

Post by Careless Whisperer @ Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:30 pm

Fingers crossed for a successful op and speedy recovery.
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Re: Degenerative disc disease...

Post by Tumescent Acorn @ Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:52 am

I feel for you, fellow spine sufferer.

Best wishes for speedy recovery. And for a hand job from buxom nurse.
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Post by Deuteronomy @ Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:50 am

Good luck!
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Re: Degenerative disc disease...

Post by HappyGoLucky @ Wed Mar 05, 2014 4:28 pm

Well that fcuking hurt!! The bevy of buxom nurses had been melded into one massive beast who obviously thought I was furrier than I do, she even shaved around my nipples regardless of the fact the incision is an inch below my belly button! I don't recall if she was from Chad or called it, but I wouldn't want to meet her in a dark alley or anywhere else for that matter.
The good news is I have no sciatic pain and my feet aren't numb anymore, just my innards which feel like they spent a good while being outtards.

X-rays show that the replacement disc is where it should be, radiologist nearly had the catheter where it shouldn't be when she dropped the bag; nearly pulling me and my already abused peanus off the table. I feel like I've been kicked around like the ball from the England vs Ireland match and after a soothing bedbath from a lovely Corsican, I've discovered that catheters & semis do not mix well. Thank fcuk for the morphine pump!

Catheter & drain come out tomorrow & as I've already taken my first few wobbly steps would seem to be heading the right way for a Friday departure.
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Re: Degenerative disc disease...

Post by HappyGoLucky @ Wed Mar 05, 2014 4:28 pm

Double post due to morphine withdrawal.
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