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Forum: iSpine 01-29-2010, 11:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,785
Posted By melodyl
My doc says no way re: discography

Prior to my cervical ADR surgery, a PM dr. I was seeing suggested I should have a discography. My surgeon (Dr. Chapman UWMC) was VERY opposed to the idea. When I told the PM dr. that my surgeon...
Forum: iSpine 01-29-2010, 10:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,265
Posted By melodyl
Finally checking in....sorry about Mark's condition

Yesterday was my one year follow up appt. re: 3 level cervical ADR. Thinking about the surgery on the way there and back reminded me of all the great information I learned from Ispine. It's been...
Forum: iSpine 09-21-2009, 09:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,004
Posted By melodyl
3 level cervical adr

Hi Sandy,

Welcome to Ispine. I haven't been on my computer much or I would have replied sooner.

I had a 3 level cervical ADR done in Washington State by Dr. Jens Chapman from the University...
Forum: iSpine 05-27-2009, 11:53 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,153
Posted By melodyl

HI Michelle,

I had a revision surgery that included fusion from L-4 to S-1 in Dec. of 2007. My surgeon is normally in favor of ADR (and since that time, did a 3 level cervical ADR for me). ...
Forum: iSpine 05-23-2009, 12:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,016
Posted By melodyl
Best wishes!

Hi Jess,

It is perfectly normal to be nervous. Having surgery is a huge event in your life.....and going to another country for it adds to the excitement. You will be in good hands and good...
Forum: iSpine 05-17-2009, 05:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,739
Posted By melodyl
try to be patient

Dear Cindy Lou,

Your last surgery wasn't very long ago. Have you decreased your pain medications? After my last surgery, it seemed like I was going to be almost pain free shortly after surgery. ...
Forum: iSpine 05-16-2009, 08:09 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 2,539
Posted By melodyl
narcotic taper update

Hi All,

I posted several weeks ago about the difficulty I was having with tapering off of fentanyl and oxycodone. Yesterday I drove to Seattle to see a pain management expert at the UWMC and...
Forum: iSpine 04-30-2009, 05:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,411
Posted By melodyl
Welcome to forum....

There isn't much I can add that others haven't, but wanted to welcome you here and encourage you to get back to your dr. (or another dr.....even an emergency room if needed) soon. If you have a...
Forum: iSpine 04-28-2009, 05:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,036
Posted By melodyl
Med taper continues

Thanks Terry, Kate and Maria! Today is a little/lot better! I went to work and other than a little headache, fatigue and loss of appetite, the day seemed like a fairly normal work day. I'm hoping...
Forum: iSpine 04-27-2009, 05:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,036
Posted By melodyl
Still struggling with med taper

I'm really happy for those of you who have recently had ADR surgery and are on your way to a pain free life. I would have posted more positive comments to each of you individually .....but I am...
Forum: iSpine 04-23-2009, 02:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,441
Posted By melodyl
Email hugs to Ali

Dear Ali,

I hope today is a better day for you. Everyone here knows how hard it is to get out of bed sometimes. Pain and pain meds can both be depressing. Please talk to your doctor about your...
Forum: iSpine 04-14-2009, 08:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,844
Posted By melodyl
Toxic build up from meds

My experience with narcotics confirms your belief that they could be the cause of many of your problems. I was on almost every pain medication available for 4 to 5 years prior to a revision lumbar...
Forum: Surgical Outcomes and Blogs 04-08-2009, 11:15 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 34,655
Posted By melodyl
welcome to the cervical ADR club

Hi Mark,

So glad to hear you are doing so well! In my experience cervical surgery is much easier to recovery from than lumbar. You'll be back to parachuting, skiing, tennis and whatever chores...
Forum: iSpine 04-07-2009, 12:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,384
Posted By melodyl
Mary and baby

Dear Mary,

My heart goes out to you and your little one. One thing that helped me continue watching my grandchildren after surgery was an electric hospital bed. With a remote control I could...
Forum: iSpine 04-06-2009, 01:31 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 18,148
Posted By melodyl
Best wishes to Dr. J

You have been so helpful to everyone on this site! I'm glad to hear you have a surgery date with Dr. B. May will be here before you know it! You (and Terry) know much more than most of us about...
Forum: iSpine 04-03-2009, 07:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,492
Posted By melodyl
ent. taper-thanks katie, dr. j and terry

Thanks for the prompt replies. This site has been incredibly helpful through my spine surgeries and recoveries. I want to reassure Dr. J and Terrry that I am under a doctor's help with the narcotic...
Forum: iSpine 04-02-2009, 06:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,492
Posted By melodyl
tapering fentanyl

Hi Everyone. I am now 3 months post op from a 3 level cervical ADR and 15 months post op from a major lumbar revision surgery with fusion, removal and addition of hardware. After years of serious...
Forum: iSpine 04-02-2009, 05:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,070
Posted By melodyl
narcotic conversion ect.

Hi Mark,

Sorry to hear you are in pain and having trouble getting the Rx you want to relieve the pain. You said that 5 mg oxy wasn't available? Did you mean oxycontin or oxycodone? A couple...
Forum: Insurance Issues 02-03-2009, 03:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 8,810
Posted By melodyl
First Choice Health in Washington State

My surgeon and I had to appeal my case twice before getting approval. I had 3 level (Prodisc C). Insurance agreed to pay for hospital, surgeon and one implant. We are still negotiating who is...
Forum: iSpine 02-03-2009, 03:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,658
Posted By melodyl
Throat/swallowing changes after ADR?

Hi Everyone,

I had a 3 level Prodisc C ADR about 5 weeks ago. My recovery is coming along wonderfully. I am thrilled with the decrease in chronic neck/arm/shoulder pain and numbness. I had the...
Forum: Surgical Outcomes and Blogs 02-03-2009, 03:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,438
Posted By melodyl
Hi Marion, At close to 5 weeks post op, I...

Hi Marion,

At close to 5 weeks post op, I couldn't be happier with the results of my 3 level ADR surgery! The throat pain is long gone and I am well on my way to tapering off of the narcotic meds...
Forum: iSpine 02-03-2009, 12:21 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 18,063
Posted By melodyl
I've had 2 CT myelograms. No serious problems...

I've had 2 CT myelograms. No serious problems after them, but the first one was a very painful procedure. It was performed by a resident who had a very difficult time getting the needle past all of...
Forum: iSpine 02-03-2009, 12:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,327
Posted By melodyl
Steve, Have you tried negotiating with your...


Have you tried negotiating with your insurance company? Is your surgeon willing to write letters or make phone calls on your behalf? I am one month post op from a 3 level Prodisc C...
Forum: iSpine 01-12-2009, 11:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,164
Posted By melodyl
Not all Drs. believe in discograms

You will have to choose which dr. you feel the most confident will provide you with a good, long term outcome. I had a 3 level ADR surgery recently and never had a discogram. My surgeon actually...
Forum: iSpine 01-11-2009, 01:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,373
Posted By melodyl
return to work after surgery

Hi Mark,

Thanks for your insight. Sorry to hear that you are facing a mulit level Prodisc C surgery, but glad to hear that your symptoms haven't progressed enough to require that it be done...
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