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Old 09-27-2015, 07:22 PM
TomN TomN is offline
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Join Date: Sep 2015
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Default Instability Issues ???

Hey all,
I hope someone out there has been through what I've been through.

Long story short.
46 year old male, 155 lbs pretty healthy, fit, active, surfing, fishing etc

December 2014 - Car accident whiplash

January 2015 started feeling intense pain - Discovered bulge C6/7 -

My feet and hands go numb when I look down - was told this was an unknown problem by the two Dr's at Penn Medicine.

February 2015 to August 2015 FAILED all therapies. PT, chiro, massage, accupuncture, Osteopathy...

New diagnosis from Upright MRI - Instability at C6 - backwards 5mm in forward flexion. Spinal cord compression - Hence the feet going numb.

Only 1 out of 6 doctors see the instability. UCLA Spine, Cedars Sinai...good doctors with lots of training can't see the problem.

PROBLEM: What do to about ACDR? I've been told to fuse due to instability but almost all docs can't see the instability.

Any advice?

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Old 09-28-2015, 04:47 PM
drewrad drewrad is offline
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Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 629

Run it through a BSC Clavel consult. $280. Just MO.
Weightlifter since 12 years old, now mid-40's and figuring out this wasn't such a good idea.

Chronic back pain started in 2010 while shrugging weights that a 40 yr. old shouldn't even try.

MRI in 2012 showing L4/L5, L5/S1 herniations and L2/L3 bulge.

L5/S1 taking on new shape, chronic sciatica, etc.

DEXA bone scan performed 5/7/14 showing mild osteopenia.

Surgery performed July 9th, 2014, Dr Clavel, hybrid three level lumbar.
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Old 09-28-2015, 07:01 PM
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Harrison Harrison is offline
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This is not a FAQ -- will move this post to the appr. forum.
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Fell on my ***winter 2003, Canceled fusion April 6 2004
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