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Old 11-13-2012, 02:31 PM
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Default Metal Allergy Testing

These topics started by members include details on metal allergy concerns, allergic reactions and a few include links to companies that perform allergy tests.

http://www.adrsupport.org/forums/f51...tant-m6-11858/

Metal allergies and adr?
http://www.adrsupport.org/forums/f51...ies-adr-11401/

Metal-on-Metal: Letters to the Editor (Spine)
http://www.adrsupport.org/forums/f50...or-spine-5863/

Allergies to disc implants?
http://www.adrsupport.org/forums/f51...implants-7915/

Lumbar L5/S1 - Surgery Failed, Advice Needed (carrief)
http://www.adrsupport.org/forums/f47...04/index4.html

Should I be Concerned with Wear Debris?
http://www.adrsupport.org/forums/f49...r-debris-6280/
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Old 09-16-2014, 11:13 AM
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I was going to discuss this with my surgeon this week. Doesn't insurance cover this?
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Old 09-16-2014, 08:10 PM
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I asked Dr Clavel about this and he said that the plates are titanium and have a very low allergy rate. He did also say That different implants with different components would require a test.
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Old 09-18-2014, 12:16 AM
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Yeah, I didn't react to titanium or BMP material but did to nickel, aluminum and chromium. It left me kinda sketchy headed about Activ L, although I probably would have been fine just the same.

Still,have weird mind games that I'm loaded with hardware now, not because I feel worse, just because....

Kind of a strange thing with me. I'm a purist, but my discs weren't pure any longer. They were black and gone, and bone on bone grinding action. Fun!
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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 09-18-2014, 06:41 AM
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I understand that feeling Drew. The thing about getting a fusion was the bone from a cadaver, that really freaked me out. I also remember the Dr. That was going to do it say that the plates and screws were titanium and not really a problem except in a few cases were the screws back out. He didn't tell me why, but I guess that is the rejection/allergy?
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1979 car accident: rear ended
1980 ACDF C4-5
4/8/11 stopped, hit again
3 epidurals, PT, 2 MRI's,etc.
scheduled 3 times for C5-6, 6-7 fusion,
plus laminectomy at C3-4, and C 7, advised to do Bilateral lamino-foraminotomy C5-6, C6-7,a Percutaneous Discectomy L4 -L5
7/14 RFA on L3 to L5 (awake, local only)
C5-6,6-7 M-6 ADR with Dr. Clavel 9/17/14,
12/7/15 RFA L2-S1, Facet injections C2-7
6/3/16 RFA L2-S1, epidural L4,5, 8/26/16 RFA C1-7
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Old 09-18-2014, 01:15 PM
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Yeah, I remember talking to Clavel about screw backout and he said the plate has an anti-reverse cover that locks the screws every twist as they drive into the bone. Then he made this funny face while raising his hand pretending to drive in screws and twisting his arm, which meant he manually hand cranked them in. No impact driver. All elbow grease on the screws.
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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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