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eque_price

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  1. eque_price added a post in a topic How many medics have returned to work post disc extrusion?   

    Disc Protrusion
    Commonly called a disc bulge, a disc protrusion occurs with the spinal disc and the associated ligaments remain in tact, but form an outpouching that can press against the nerves.  
    Disc Extrusion
    A disc extrusion occurs when the outer part of the spinal disc ruptures, allowing the inner, gelatinous part of the disc to squeeze out. Disc extrusions can occur with the ligaments in tact, or damaged.  
    Disc Sequestration
    A disc sequestration occurs when the center, gelatinous portion of the disc is not only squeezed out, but also separated from the main part of the disc.  
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  2. eque_price added a post in a topic How many medics have returned to work post disc extrusion?   

    Not exactly like this one.  Started off looking at my MRI. Got that figured out...Heard of medics returning post herniated but not much after an extrusion. I have a long wait until I see the surgeon and really just want to know my odds.
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  3. eque_price added a topic in Burnout, Stress, & Health   

    How many medics have returned to work post disc extrusion?
    Just curious to find out how many paramedics where able to return to work after a disc extrusion (not herniated/bulged disc but extrusion) either with or with out surgery? Feeling about a bit discouraged today.
     
    I would be very very interested to know.
     
    Thank you so much!
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  4. eque_price added a post in a topic Help me translate my MRI results   

    So I got a call from my doctor who said that I have been given priority 1 status although even with that status it can still be up to a 12 month wait to get in. My back is no better and I only have 2 yrs leave from work. I hope they are much quicker then a year. Welcome to Canada where the healthcare is mainly free but the wait to get in to see a doctor is LONG!! Grrrr
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  5. eque_price added a post in a topic Help me translate my MRI results   

    You will lose your job?! Thats crazy. My work is required to hold mine for at least 2 yrs and even then if I am able to return then they will hold it even longer! Be very very careful. You only get one back in life. You muck up your back even worse and you won't be able to go back to your job. So very happy that you are feeling better though. Gives me hope that I will get over my roller coaster ride of a back injury someday soon.
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  6. eque_price added a post in a topic Help me translate my MRI results   

    Oh no! Thats awful! I read that it takes 3 months to recover fully but never heard the 1 yr thing. That worries me. I only have 2 yrs on my leave and I have a year wait to see the surgeon (and I am 7 months in already!). I am even more scared then ever to take that route! I probably already know this but I must ask again. Did an orthopaedic surgeon do yours or did a neurosurgeon? My pain seems to be easing slightly in the sense that when I tweak my back it seems to recover a bit faster. I am wondering if it has to do with my core strength coming back. If your back is like this now is there still hope of your return to work? If you start a blog then give me the address. I will follow it.
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  7. eque_price added a post in a topic Help me translate my MRI results   

    I am so glad your surgery seems to be working so far!! So it is looking good for you to return to work then? How long of a recovery time will you need? I am waiting for a call back from an orthopaedic surgeon. Looks like I will be following suite. Keep posting on your recovery! Very interested and so relieved that you are doing so much better!
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  8. eque_price added a post in a topic Anybody know this doctor?   

    Yes, I have searched the net. Trying to cover all my bases. Didn't know if anyone had any dealings with him through work (maybe transfers or trauma calls in the ER) or via personal injury.
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  9. eque_price added a topic in General EMS Discussion   

    Anybody know this doctor?
    Just curious if anybody know Dr Joel Finkelstein from Sunny brook Hospital in Toronto? Whats his reputation? Any info would be great.

    Thanks
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  10. eque_price added a post in a topic Help me translate my MRI results   

    Does anybody know anything about Doctor Joel Finkelstein at Sunnybrooke? Good guy?
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  11. eque_price added a post in a topic Help me translate my MRI results   

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    I have seen my nurse practitioner, physiotherapist and my chiropractor now. I guess I have been focusing on the wrong thing on my MRI. 'Extrusion' is what I should be looking at. A tear in the fibrous outter tissue of a disc that has caused the gelatinous inner substance of the disc to leak out. I have been signed off work until I have seen an orthopedic surgeon in the city for a consult to see if I continue intense therapy or do surgery. Until I can get in to see him my physiotherapy has been bumped up and intensified. Wish me luck and thank you for all your input. It has helped me greatly. I appreciate it. I will keep you posted on what happens.

    Medicgirl… 6 days to go. Let me know how it goes.

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  12. eque_price added a post in a topic Help me translate my MRI results   

    [quote name='chbare' timestamp='1351822841' post='289983']
    I do not have much to offer in the way of advice as it's generally good to avoid giving out anything that could be considered medical advice. However, back pain and the neurological issues associated with injuries and degenerative disease vary significantly from person to person. I had a "massive" herniation in my lumbar spine and also have spinal stenosis and spondylitis. However, in spite of an MRI that looks exceptionally ugly, I was able to recover with conservative, non-pharmacological therapy and go on to my current state where I have a good quality of life and manageable discomfort. However, someone with a much less dramatic MRI may experience significant pain and neurological impairment.

    Good luck, but don't flatter yourself based on numbers. Everybody is different and people respond to different treatments in very different ways, especially when it comes to back pain.
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    How long did it take you to come back? Are you still doing what you where doing before?
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  13. eque_price added a post in a topic Help me translate my MRI results   

    Thanks medicgirl! Good luck to you as well. I see you are into horses. So am I. Have not been able to ride though so my 2 are hay burners for the time being.
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  14. eque_price added a post in a topic Help me translate my MRI results   

    So I got a call from my nurse practitioner today and she said the same thing as my chiropractor did. I have a 19 mm extrusion at L5 S1. This to me seems huge! Esp since the other day i told a doctor in passing I had a 12 mm bulged disc and his jaw almost hit the ground. Imagine what he would think of 19! I can not even seem to google this size. She will be talking to the specialist I saw and the doctor and I am most likely going to be referred to a specialist in the city.

    Needless to say I am even more worried now. Scared of what is to come.
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  15. eque_price added a post in a topic Help me translate my MRI results   

    [quote name='medicgirl05' timestamp='1351735527' post='289933']
    I have almost this exact injury. I don't have dimensions of my extreusion though it is central and broad.

    A disc extrusion is when the nucleus pulposus(central material) extrudes out of the annulas(a ligament I think). S1 nerve root compression can result in neurological symptoms such as numbness, tingling,or weakness on one or both sides accompanied with sciatica along the dermatome. Extreme cases may cause cauda equina which afftects bowel and bladder control and is a medical emergency.

    Treatment is usually physical therapy and anti-inflammatories followed with more invasive procedures such as epidural steroid injections and finally surgery.

    Good luck to you. I'm curious what symptoms you are experiencing?
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    I have been off work for going on 5 months now with lower back soreness/pain, cold numbness/pins and needles intermittently going down the left leg. I have major difficulty bending over. I have lost full range of motion in my left leg but can still walk and get around with out a limp unless I have a flair up. I can't sit for any extended period of time. It easily flairs up. Apparently my symptoms according to a specialist I saw a few weeks ago are not severe enough for surgery although I am showing only minimal improvement with Physiotherapy, Chiropractor and Massage. I have improved enough to return to the gym to do a strict, short and light work out twice a week though... I wonder if I can eventually return to work with a herniation this large…

    I saw your one post. How are your treatments going? I can not remember exactly what you said you where having done though.
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