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Old 07-08-2015, 03:42 PM
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Hi everyone!

My name is Stacy. I am officially one week post op ADR C5-6 with the M6 study. I herniated my disc 3 years ago and have suffered with radiculopathy down my left arm, shoulder, and neck since. I am extremely hopeful that I will finally get some relief and feel somewhat "normal" again. Fingers crossed!!!

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Old 07-08-2015, 03:52 PM
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Welcome Stacy! Congratulations on getting into the Trial and being on the other side of your surgery. Which surgeon and where did you have it done if you don't mind sharing?

Wishing you a speedy recovery!
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2006: epidural shots did nothing; 2 surgeons recommended 2 level fusion, I declined.
2007 - 2010 4 foraminotomy and cord decompression cervical surgeries and 2 endoscopic discectomy T7-T8 surgeries; total 6 with Dr. Jho (Pittsburgh,PA) My C6/C7 autofused around 2009.
2013 - 2015: epidurals 3 times (again did nothing) and 4 Radiofrequency ablation (or RFA) procedures.
2016 more RFAs, hit the 10 year mark of this insanity and pain, 3 level M6-C ADR with Dr. Clavel May 19, 2016
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Old 07-08-2015, 07:30 PM
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My surgeon was Dr. Phillips at Rush Chicago
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Old 07-08-2015, 08:44 PM
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Hi Stacy, congratulations on the courage to go through with the surgery, and glad you managed to get into the study!

I was just diagnosed a few weeks ago, and going through the phases. Researching possible surgeons here in Chicago as well as others, for example Texas Back Institute. I'm hoping to meet with Dr. Phillips over the next few weeks.

Was your experience with him positive?
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2015: left arm pain, diagnosed with two herniated discs (C5-6 and C6-7), with mild cord compression at C6-7 but no direct symptoms from that (yet?)
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Old 07-09-2015, 11:11 AM
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Yes, dr. Phillips and his team were awesome. If you get the chance, look up his bio and credentials if you haven't done that already. Good luck to you with your future surgery.
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Old 07-09-2015, 03:59 PM
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I am so happy to hear your surgery went well Stacy. Please keep us updated on your recovery. God speed!
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1998- Injured neck and back in USAF
2011 - Started experiencing Severe Symptoms, Migranes, numbness, spasms in legs and feet and sciatica.
Feb 2014 - Received upper Lumbar Injection - Severe Allergy to injection
Mar 2014 - MRI of Cervical and Lumbar, protruding disc in C3-7, Herniated Disc in L5/S1, placed on STD and FMLA )
July 2014 - Stem Cell Procedure performed
Oct 20, 2014 - ADR (MOBI-C) at C5-7 and Anterior Fusion at L5/S1 by Dr. Pettine and Dr. Techy
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Old 07-09-2015, 10:56 PM
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My surgeon was Dr. Phillips at Rush Chicago


Dr. Frank Phillips?? The same Phillips who told me "Whoever is putting these things in (artificial discs)....pause, "It's a joke."

Literally, this is what he said to me.
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2013 - MRI and CT scan....DDD L4-S1
left side (where my pain is) interarticularis pars fracture/defect with Spondylolithesis L5 over S1 with 2MM anterior displacement

Feb. 2014 - Hybrid lumbar fusion(l5/S1), ADR(L4/L5)...2-level cervical ADR (C5/C6, C6/C7). Dr. Pablo Clavel of Quiron Hospital in Barcelona, Spain. All M6 implants (PEEK cage and plate from Medtronic at fusion level in lumbar.) SAME DAY OPERATION for both areas of the spine.
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Old 07-10-2015, 01:05 PM
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I'm kind of speechless here. I don't know what kind of experience you had with him, but your response was rather upsetting and unsettling to me. I just had surgery and am looking for some positive thoughts. Wasn't expecting this.
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Old 07-10-2015, 01:26 PM
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Stacy,

Hang in there! I was kind of taken aback by the comment as well. Usually, everyone is very supportive and kind here including Bwink. I'm not sure why he shared it or what he meant by it but, I would just ignore the comment because it really isn't relative to your experience. The surgeon is apparently on board with ADR now and that's what matters. All of us continue to grow and change including surgeons. Just stay positive. It's an important part of your recovery process so you don't cause unnecessary stress and muscle spasms. Be as kind as you can to your body this first month and ....

Be well,

Cynlite
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2006: epidural shots did nothing; 2 surgeons recommended 2 level fusion, I declined.
2007 - 2010 4 foraminotomy and cord decompression cervical surgeries and 2 endoscopic discectomy T7-T8 surgeries; total 6 with Dr. Jho (Pittsburgh,PA) My C6/C7 autofused around 2009.
2013 - 2015: epidurals 3 times (again did nothing) and 4 Radiofrequency ablation (or RFA) procedures.
2016 more RFAs, hit the 10 year mark of this insanity and pain, 3 level M6-C ADR with Dr. Clavel May 19, 2016

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Old 07-10-2015, 06:14 PM
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We've all had bad experiences with surgeons and we just need to remember that was our experience. As long as you have complete confidence in your surgeon and feel good about him/her, that's all that matters.
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1998- Injured neck and back in USAF
2011 - Started experiencing Severe Symptoms, Migranes, numbness, spasms in legs and feet and sciatica.
Feb 2014 - Received upper Lumbar Injection - Severe Allergy to injection
Mar 2014 - MRI of Cervical and Lumbar, protruding disc in C3-7, Herniated Disc in L5/S1, placed on STD and FMLA )
July 2014 - Stem Cell Procedure performed
Oct 20, 2014 - ADR (MOBI-C) at C5-7 and Anterior Fusion at L5/S1 by Dr. Pettine and Dr. Techy
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