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Old 07-14-2021, 07:27 PM
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"It has been the pattern that when we fix something, something else breaks."

Watch for that because it could be true for multiple reasons. Any or all of the following could be creating that kind of response:

1) Pain gating - you only "feel" the most severe pain generator and other lesser sources aren't detectable until the most severe is addressed. If this is going on, you should be seeing the damage for the lesser sources on films, etc. Your doctor may dismiss those because you're not feeling pain from them but gating may be blocking that pain.

2) Misloading due to existing damage - I have to talk about this from a mechanical engineering standpoint, even though it's not quite right for a human body. Basically, if part A breaks, your body overuses parts B and C until you can get part A fixed. This means you're creating damage to B & C that you're unaware of until you get A fixed and really try to do something with your body.

3) Misloading due to the nature of the repair - Adjacent level disk disease from fusions is one example of this but hypermobile ADRs also cause problems.

If you're having problems with disk bulges and stenosis, you might be able to self-diagnose a bit by checking the nerve enervation pathways for each spinal level and see where you're having problems with weakness and pain along those pathways. You can find those diagrams fairly easily with an image search on the internet.

Zeegers, one of the pioneers for ADR surgery, was famous for demonstrating with a set of images that the badly damaged disk isn't always the one causing the patient's pain.
Laura - L5S1 Charitee
C5/6 and 6/7 Prodisc C
Facet problems L4-S1
General joint hypermobility

Jim - minor C5-6 instability and facet damage, currently using regenerative medicine to address

"There are many Annapurnas in the lives of men" Maurice Herzog
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