Anyone have spondylosis?

Discussion in 'Community' started by mac 2005, Jun 16, 2005.

  1. mac 2005 macrumors 6502a

    mac 2005

    Apr 1, 2005
    Just found out I have it, courtesy of a few X-rays and an MRI. Get the "bone scan" next week, when I also begin physical therapy. :(

    Not sure what to make of this whole thing, especially since it came on so suddenly and out of nowhere.

    Doctors speak in cryptic language, rush me through the consultation and send me on my way to the next procedure. Makes it hard to figure out what lies ahead.

    Anyone with some personal experience who cares to discuss?
  2. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    I have no personal experience. Only what I have had with nursing. Sounds as though your doctors what to diagnose the exact type of spondylosis you have, cervical or spinal.

    I'm sorry to hear about your diagnosis. Hopefully you are seeing a specialist. The most important thing is to learn all that you can. Be sure to follow the suggestions of your physician.

    I think that you are very brave and smart that you are seeking help. Finding someone that you can talk with is very important.

    I'm here if you want to talk. ;)
  3. mac 2005 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    mac 2005

    Apr 1, 2005
    Thanks for the kind words and the link.

    Mine is definitely spinal. X-rays show a nice little crack in one of my lumbar vertebrae (L5, I believe), which also is a bit out of alignment. Both the X-rays and MRI indicate a degenerative disk. It all looks so harmless on the films, but it sure does hurt! :eek:
  4. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    I am so dismayed at the lack of "bedside" manner for what you are facing. My heart goes out to you. Hopefully you will find a full and productive life regardless of the test results

    Please complain to your insurance company, but also to the those idiots in DC. Too bad you can't just go of to NIH, Walter Reed, or to Bethesda Naval Medical - as those whores in the Capitol can....
  5. Mr LuLu macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2005
    I've had a scoliosis correction of the L3,4,5 vertibra and i expect spondylosis as a side effect in later life.

    All in all my experiences were good. I had to have surgical correction and I had 6 months off work (as a chef) and another year after that taking it very easy.

    Your recovery will depend on your support network. Though mine was very strong i was incredibly independant and spent time fighting off help when I should've accepted it and helped the process along.

    I was diagnosed almost 10 years ago and had the operation 3 years ago. The leaps and bounds in procedures made the operation much easier than if I'd had it when it first presented. But I maintain that it's the best thing that has ever happened to me spiritually.

    Have faith in your body (it knows what it's doing) and trust in the doctors. If you feel out of control you must stop them and ask them to talk you through things until you know what's happening. They understand it can be a difficult time but forget that it happening to you and not just another patient.

    Good luck, though I'm sure you'll be fine regardless. :)

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