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Old 08-25-2011, 10:05 AM
christinlal christinlal is offline
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Default Soon...

I think I will be okay and soon. Dr. Zeegers is working on my finalized report, and the draft alone was so complete. I cannot wait to have my life back and go to work everyday, the gym at night, and have time with friends and family without crying or feeling miserable.

I cannot imagine what others go through and feel lucky to have the technology and surgeon to fix this mess.
Christine
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12/2008 early am gym class-something very wrong
2/2009 DDD 4 herniated cervical discs
3/3009-8/2009 8 spinal epidurals, pt
09/2009 C6/7 Prodisc C ADR
11/2010 facet joint inj 12/2010 Rhizotomy TBI Dr. Cottingham months of relief
05/2011 facet Joint Inj 06/2011 Rhizotomy
7/2011 Dr. Zigler TBI, facet block and Discogram
11/18 surgery with Dr/Mr. Boeree..Thank God.
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Old 09-09-2011, 12:13 PM
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Default Prodisc...

I am working on getting to Dr. Zeegers to have my existing Prodisc revised to another adr (mobic) or an roi a cage? not sure but have been reading up on this device too. and my c5 will have to have an adr, but a mobic, not the prodisc.

I am absolutely terrified my insurance will mess with me or I will get left like this, I can't imagine living like this for the rest of my life, it so sucks.
I am scared about surgery but more terrified to just waste away in pain like this.
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12/2008 early am gym class-something very wrong
2/2009 DDD 4 herniated cervical discs
3/3009-8/2009 8 spinal epidurals, pt
09/2009 C6/7 Prodisc C ADR
11/2010 facet joint inj 12/2010 Rhizotomy TBI Dr. Cottingham months of relief
05/2011 facet Joint Inj 06/2011 Rhizotomy
7/2011 Dr. Zigler TBI, facet block and Discogram
11/18 surgery with Dr/Mr. Boeree..Thank God.
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Old 09-10-2011, 03:31 PM
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I am working on getting to Dr. Zeegers to have my existing Prodisc revised to another adr (mobic) or an roi a cage?
Please keep us updated about this. Also you should post your story in the surgical outcomes section. And please post a pic of your x ray with the prodisc.

Good luck.
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C4-5: Mild disc height loss with central annular fissure. Small broad-based left paracentral disc protrusion. Moderate central canal stenosis-the disc protrusion abuts and mildly flattens the left ventral surface of the spinal canal.

C5-6: Disc desiccation with mild height loss.Diffuse discosteophyte bulge and uncovertebral joint hypertrophy, moderate central canal stenosis- Severe neuroforaminal stenosis bilaterally, right greater than left.
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Old 09-14-2011, 09:51 PM
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Default Hi Christine

Hi Christine,

I was just catching up on your entry. I hope everything works out for you with insurance, and you have surgery soon to get some relief.

The pain we go through is terrible, and with the financial stress, it is at times unbearable. Keep strong and I will be praying for you!

(BTW, I tried to respond to your PMs, not sure if you received them as a msg popped up saying you do not accept PMs).
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Love hiking, biking, anything outdoors. 2005 dx with cervical DDD and radiculopathy, given PT, NSAIDs. Back to regular lifestyle with very few problems until March 2011, hyper extension of neck created the "straw that broke camel's back". C5-6 and C6-7 herniation with compression of the spinal cord. Pain between shoulder blades and mild numbness down L>R arm. No conservative options-only surgery per NS x 3. S/P 2-level ADR surgery with Mr. Nick Boeree in England Aug 31, 2011.
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Old 09-15-2011, 04:08 PM
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How are you?
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C4-5: Mild disc height loss with central annular fissure. Small broad-based left paracentral disc protrusion. Moderate central canal stenosis-the disc protrusion abuts and mildly flattens the left ventral surface of the spinal canal.

C5-6: Disc desiccation with mild height loss.Diffuse discosteophyte bulge and uncovertebral joint hypertrophy, moderate central canal stenosis- Severe neuroforaminal stenosis bilaterally, right greater than left.
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Old 09-18-2011, 02:51 PM
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Default September 27

Is the surgery date with Dr. Zeegers, thank God. He is removing the Prodisc and putting in an roi-c cervical cage at c6/7 and mobic adr at c5/6. I have alot of faith in Dr. Zeegers.
The surgery is scarey but what would be worse is to be left in all this misery, this is no life so I feel very fortunate to go to the best and keep Praying.
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12/2008 early am gym class-something very wrong
2/2009 DDD 4 herniated cervical discs
3/3009-8/2009 8 spinal epidurals, pt
09/2009 C6/7 Prodisc C ADR
11/2010 facet joint inj 12/2010 Rhizotomy TBI Dr. Cottingham months of relief
05/2011 facet Joint Inj 06/2011 Rhizotomy
7/2011 Dr. Zigler TBI, facet block and Discogram
11/18 surgery with Dr/Mr. Boeree..Thank God.
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Old 09-18-2011, 05:13 PM
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Christina,

This is GREAT news!

Has BCBS signed off on this? Fingers crossed... Please say yes.

Good luck, Jeff
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Old 09-18-2011, 07:12 PM
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Best wishes Christina. I have a friend that has a mobi -c and has had for several years. He has had no problem and is extremely athletic (barefooting, skydiving,etc). My surgery is the day after yours, so I'll say prayer for you now as I'm going to get a little distracted with my own stuff! Good Luck!
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9/28/2011: Hybrid STALIF TT interbody fusion at L5-S1 and M6-L ADR L4-5 with Nick Boeree, UK - forever grateful to you Nick! Still doing great.
Prior to the fix: Severe DDD L4-5 and L5-S1 with moderate facet degen at L5-S1, but only mild facet degeneration at L4-5.
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Old 09-18-2011, 10:04 PM
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Default Jeff & Joey Sue

I honestly don't know what I would have done without the wealth of information from this site, I have spent 2 entire years in so much misery from the Prodisc and initial cervical disc problems, I could not have analyzed and figured out what to do and how to try to fix my neck....thank you so much.

Blue Cross Blue Shield has approved the surgery, I am still in shock and the fact that I will be able to go to Dr. Zeegers is more than I had ever hoped for.

Joey Sue, I will keep you in my Prayers as well, I hope you are safe and pain free soon.
Jeff, once again, your kindess and encouragement has meant so much, sincerest thank you.
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12/2008 early am gym class-something very wrong
2/2009 DDD 4 herniated cervical discs
3/3009-8/2009 8 spinal epidurals, pt
09/2009 C6/7 Prodisc C ADR
11/2010 facet joint inj 12/2010 Rhizotomy TBI Dr. Cottingham months of relief
05/2011 facet Joint Inj 06/2011 Rhizotomy
7/2011 Dr. Zigler TBI, facet block and Discogram
11/18 surgery with Dr/Mr. Boeree..Thank God.
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Old 09-18-2011, 11:13 PM
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Blue Cross Blue Shield has approved the surgery, I am still in shock and the fact that I will be able to go to Dr. Zeegers is more than I had ever hoped for.
Christina,

I join you in shock over the insurance approval. Congratulations!

I have only ever read good things about the Mobi-C in Dr Zeegers hands. When are you leaving? How long will you be in Germany?

Please keep us posted, and good luck!

Jeff
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C5/6 - ACDF in 2002
C3/4 & C6/7 - M6 ADR, Nov 2009, Barcelona
Conceded defeat to a manifestly disingenuous BCBS-TX in my quest for reimbursement, Jan 2011
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