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Old 11-03-2005, 10:21 AM
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Hello everyone,
My name is Kathy. I'm new to the forum
but not to the pain. I have been around since Back Pain support group started.Mark at *** infomed me about this site. I am a nurse. injured my back lifting a patient in Sept. 2000.
L4/L5 discectomy April 2001. Workmans Comp. system nightmare. Some of you know the drill. I have no money for ADR and this is the only surgery I will consider. I have now degenerated to 3 levels. Went to the Spine Symposium last May in NYC that Mark put together. It was awsome. I met some wonderful spineys and learned so much. I also met Dr. Bertognoli and told him I was his future 3 level adr patient. U.S. Dr's say I need 3 level spinal fusion. (I'm 42) I haven't worked in 5 years. existing on pain medication and suffering with severe headaches. I am in the fat man squeeze between WC, Lawyers who will not help me and Medicare. I was injured in the state of N.C. Thanks for letting me vent.
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Old 11-03-2005, 11:33 AM
Justin Justin is offline
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Welcome to the forum! I am sorry to hear of your past back troubles. Feel free to vent, cry and share... we are here to support our fellow members!

Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of help.

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Old 11-03-2005, 11:49 AM
Alastair Alastair is offline
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Hi Kathy,
well as you probably know, we have quite a few nurse members on here who have suffered exactly the same as you have, it's an occupational hazard.

Interestingly enough after surgery, most of those nurses have studied, and done further exams so they are away from the lifting problems in the future -- -- -- but still are in a good administrative position within the hospital system

Yes we have people here with three levels who have gone to Dr B. and also some who went to Dr Zeegers that have had three levels.

I don't understand your insurance system as I live in the UK, but I hope and pray that something will work itself out financially so you can get the treatment that you deserve
Best wishes,
ADR Munich 26th July 2002 L5/S1. Aged 82 now
Your best asset is your health
My story is here
Thank goodness for Dr Zeegers I am painfree
I am here to help,I live in the UK

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Old 11-03-2005, 12:27 PM
luvmysibe luvmysibe is offline
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Join Date: May 2005
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Greetings Kathy and welcome to our community. Each member here has used this platform to vent, question, share, and befriend. I am still in the process of dealing with workers' compensation, but I feel very fortunate that I have a great team of honest and supportive professionals. BTW, Alastair, many of us who live in the US don't understand our insurance system.
L5/SI Charite
7/18/05 Dr. Howard
"A smile is contagious, be a carrier ."
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Old 11-03-2005, 03:45 PM
JeffreyD JeffreyD is offline
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Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 374

Welcome aboard!
Three level fusion...........I had 3 prominent spine surgeons tell me that's what I needed, and each one said they would not perform the surgery; one even explained I would damage his success record!
I hope you find relief for your pain and situation soon......
God bless,

15+ years back pain w/ advancing disc degeneration.
2002-2 level lumbar IDET w/ Nucleoplasty (very unsuccessful; huge setback)
Three level lumbar Charite (L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1) with Dr. Zeegers in Munich, Germany: 2/25/05 (successful)
Two level cervical Mobi-C (C5/6, C6/7) with Dr. Zeegers (successful)
Laser Facet Coagulation (left side: L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1 & sacral) with Prof. Dr. Reul (significant reduction in remnant lumbar & sacral pain)
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Old 11-03-2005, 07:05 PM
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Harrison Harrison is offline
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Kathy, welcome. And I hope we can help you along your way to wellness...
"Harrison" - info (at)
Fell on my ***winter 2003, Canceled fusion April 6 2004
Reborn June 25th, 2004, L5-S1 ADR Charite in Boston
Founder & moderator of ADRSupport - 2004
Founder Arthroplasty Patient Foundation a 501(c)(3) - 2006
Creator & producer, Why Am I Still Sick? - 2012
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Old 11-04-2005, 12:50 AM
Poncho Poncho is offline
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I am trying to place your face from the NYC Symposium held last May - but I am unable to... I don't think we met. Anyways, I too am an RN, injured on the job lifting a patient and went through work comp H@LL!!! That injury cause me to be a chronic pain patient for 3 years or so from 2001. I am 1 1/2 yrs post op from a 2 level ADR performed by Dr. Bertagnoli. So far doing okay (compared to pre-surgery) and keeping fingers crossed.

Please feel free to PM me anytime.

Poncho (aka Prodisc Poster Girl)
2 level ADR (Prodisc)
Dr. Bertagnoli May 22, 2004 Rudolfinerhaus Vienna, Austria.
Currently DRUG FREE and living life again!
Knowledge is Power!!!
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