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Forum: New Member Introductions 10-29-2020, 01:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 692
Posted By annapurna
I can't say but Laura and I've found many US...

I can't say but Laura and I've found many US doctors of various types who hide behind guidelines and "rules" to avoid tasks they do not wish to do. The telediagnosis you're seeking isn't 100%...
Forum: New Member Introductions 10-03-2020, 12:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 692
Posted By annapurna
To be honest, I suggested those two because, if...

To be honest, I suggested those two because, if remember correctly, both offer remote diagnosis through film review and phone call/Zoom/whatever. I wouldn't fear to have either work on my back but...
Forum: New Member Introductions 09-28-2020, 10:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 185
Posted By annapurna
GD, your signature has a couple of worrisome...

GD, your signature has a couple of worrisome things in it. Between spondy, DDD and facet damage, you've got a lot going on and may not be able to get ADRs. What I'd suggest is getting copies of...
Forum: New Member Introductions 09-01-2020, 11:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 484
Posted By annapurna
About a decade ago, Zeegers was presenting at an...

About a decade ago, Zeegers was presenting at an event in California and threw up a MRI image of a patient, properly marked out so the audience couldn't tell who it was. One disk looked horrible on...
Forum: New Member Introductions 08-12-2020, 11:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 509
Posted By annapurna
If you can't find an upright MRI within...

If you can't find an upright MRI within travelable distance, you might see if a weighted MRI is available. It's a prone MRI but has a backpack-style arrangements of straps that can apply force...
Forum: International Assistance 07-05-2020, 01:20 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 508
Posted By annapurna
Two thoughts, if they might help. First, it...

Two thoughts, if they might help. First, it sounds like you need a direct flight from anywhere in the US to Barcelona plus a flight from DFW to the international flight departure point within the...
Forum: New Member Introductions 06-16-2020, 08:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 587
Posted By annapurna
German, not Australian. Technically, maybe...

German, not Australian. Technically, maybe Austrian but ProSpine is in Bogen, Germany.


The approach of stem cell injections to treat incipient degenerative disk disease is offered by a number...
Forum: New Member Introductions 06-16-2020, 11:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 587
Posted By annapurna
It's been a lot of years since Laura had to...

It's been a lot of years since Laura had to address this question but she also has a L5S1 Charite ADR and a partially degenerated L4-5 disk. At the time the thought was that a second surgery would...
Forum: New Member Introductions 04-11-2020, 02:54 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 545
Posted By annapurna
There's not a whole lot of people weighing in so...

There's not a whole lot of people weighing in so I'll try to give a more general perspective. True failures of ADRs, where you get worse than you were prior to the ADR, generally fall into (1) you...
Forum: New Member Introductions 03-17-2020, 10:30 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,609
Posted By annapurna
It's also worth remembering that the nerves heal...

It's also worth remembering that the nerves heal from the RF ablation. If you don't have a plan to fix the area, you'll be back in the same position in 2-3 years, more or less, when the nerves shut...
Forum: International Assistance 03-09-2020, 02:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 924
Posted By annapurna
I just got back from London on business travel. ...

I just got back from London on business travel. Didn't go anywhere near Spain but the tone of the travel industry in London was one of fear and tension. What I'd suggest is, if you do push ahead...
Forum: New Member Introductions 01-18-2020, 04:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,609
Posted By annapurna
I feel that this is overly simplistic bad advice....

I feel that this is overly simplistic bad advice. Surgery has risks and can make a problem worse or leave you in pain with no recourse. Obviously, because we're talking about getting surgery to fix...
Forum: New Member Introductions 01-18-2020, 03:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 914
Posted By annapurna
To add to the dermatome chart, I'd suggest: ...

To add to the dermatome chart, I'd suggest:


Metal allergy testing, particularly nickel, chromium and titanium. The latter is very rarely a bad problem but the first two have cropped up a bunch...
Forum: New Member Introductions 10-28-2019, 11:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,603
Posted By annapurna
Typically, the hybrids that you'll find discussed...

Typically, the hybrids that you'll find discussed here take place when the surgeon places both ADR and fusion at the same time. Less often is the ADR followed by fusion, and even less often than...
Forum: International Assistance 10-09-2019, 11:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,551
Posted By annapurna
Do you think that they might have a bias? We did...

Do you think that they might have a bias? We did okay with USPS but you have to factor in the effect of going through Customs. Fill out the forms wrong and your package, no matter how innocuous,...
Forum: International Assistance 10-08-2019, 11:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,551
Posted By annapurna
We used USPS Global Express. It's often cheaper...

We used USPS Global Express. It's often cheaper than UPS but fast delivery with tracking.
Forum: International Assistance 09-03-2019, 03:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,369
Posted By annapurna
Activities of Everyday Life with High Spinal...

Activities of Everyday Life with High Spinal Loads

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4035320/ (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4035320/)
Forum: International Assistance 09-03-2019, 09:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,369
Posted By annapurna
While I agree with the basic premise: every ADR...

While I agree with the basic premise: every ADR has its pros and cons, I do need to comment on your statement about forces on the ADR. If you're living a normal life, you're putting 300 lbs of...
Forum: New Member Introductions 08-22-2019, 10:04 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,288
Posted By annapurna
You can get an MRI with a Prodisc; the area...

You can get an MRI with a Prodisc; the area immediately adjacent to the ADR will be distorted in the image. For that matter all metal ADRs will have the same problem to a greater or lesser extent.
Forum: New Member Introductions 08-12-2019, 12:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,447
Posted By annapurna
L5-S1 doesn't move that much, which prompts many...

L5-S1 doesn't move that much, which prompts many doctors to recommend fusion instead of ADR. The forces generated by fusing L5-S1, though, are high and prone to mess up your SI joints and hips as...
Forum: The Big File 07-15-2019, 05:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,420
Posted By annapurna
Yes. Funcrew wanted a way to get examined in the...

Yes. Funcrew wanted a way to get examined in the US. Haven't got a way to do that. On the other hand, a few years back, it was nothing to call the lab in Munich, tell them I'd be in town on these...
Forum: The Big File 07-13-2019, 11:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,420
Posted By annapurna
I don't have a US hack but there are clinics in...

I don't have a US hack but there are clinics in Europe who'd do it for you just at your request. I, Jim, had been diagnosed with osteopenia in my thirties and got DEXA scans from a Munich imaging...
Forum: New Member Introductions 07-13-2019, 11:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,379
Posted By annapurna
If you think about it, though, he's offering...

If you think about it, though, he's offering fusion at levels where the thoracic spine is about to pick up and ADR at level(s) where the rest of the C-spine might be compromised by adjacent level...
Forum: International Assistance 07-03-2019, 11:33 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,369
Posted By annapurna
1) There's been debate on whether you need a...

1) There's been debate on whether you need a discogram if you're radiographically and pain/enervation symptomatic at a level. Feel free to push back on the need for a discogram on any level where...
Forum: New Member Introductions 06-10-2019, 01:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,353
Posted By annapurna
One thing to think about on the long haul flight...

One thing to think about on the long haul flight from LA to Europe vs. a stop in NYC: It's pretty easy to find an option for a fold-flat seat on the long-haul flight direct from the west coast of the...
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