Tuesday, December 08, 2009

my neck


Doctor today recommended a laminoplasty on multiple vertebrae. Still gathering opinions.

8 comments:

itchy said...

Best of luck, Jim. Keep posting updates, please.

Anonymous said...

Hey Jim,

What other options do you have apart from surgery? My father (70)went through a similar operation in the lower back. Was back on his feet quickly and is now back playing soccer!
Good luck.

Carsten

Dan said...

As someone who sees these surgeries every single day, though I'm not a doctor, I can tell you that they can bring enormous relief to people with chronic pain. I'm not a huge fan of the whole stick a bunch of metal up against your vertebra school of though, however if he truly wants to just do a laminoplasty to relieve some of that pressure, I'd say go for it. I would advise you to investigate any and all non surgical options, however I'm sure you've already been down that road.

Either way, best of luck.

Dan

LeslieW said...

Whether or not you get the surgery, have you done any movement rehab for the rest of your body?

There's a Z-health Master Trainer near Boston, MA, Luis Hernandez:

http://www.zhealth.net/luis-hernandez

We all need a movement coach, and Z-health has a good reputation for getting folks out of pain...

Anonymous said...

Hi Jim,

What did you decide to do in the end?

Carsten

Anonymous said...

Hey there,

I layed out at pick-up today, and then noticed my left arm tingling. My lower back has been bothering me for a while, and I'm afraid this has something to do with that. I'm probably overreacting, but did the initial tingling feel like your arm had fallen asleep and was now waking up? Kind of a pins and needles sensation?

I'm not sure if I should see a doctor because this hasn't happened before, but after reading your story I'm a little afraid to let it go.

parinella said...

Hi anon,
That was my first symptom, too, though it wasn't exactly like pins and needles. Mine was in both arms, which might be a different issue then. I'm not sure if a doctor would order any tests based on one relatively minor incident, but perhaps they would know a little better.

One interesting book is "Do you really need back surgery: a surgeon's guide to neck and back pain" by Aaron G Filler. Substantial portions are available at google books, and your library might have it (that's where I saw it). It's technical but understandable. One point of note is taht he says most back pain goes away without treatment, and if you do go see a doctor, "don't expect him or how to know how to relieve the back pain." You might not even be able to see a specialist; one place I called was booked for 6 months for normal cases.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jim,

I contacted a doctor I know, and she said that it was a good sign that the sensation only occurred in one arm, and that my lower back pain wasn't related. I also read portions of Dr. Filler's book and it put me at ease. At worst, the sensation could have been the result of a "stinger" (or "burner"), which commonly occurs during contact sports when an impact forces the neck and shoulder in different directions. Still scary (still lots of potential for long-term damage), but my symptoms were much less severe than the ones described.

Thanks for your help, and I hope you're getting some clear answers about your own medical options.