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degenerative back disease spinal stinious

Confused Ihave 2 herniated disc, degenerative back disease and spinal stinious. i had a neurologist tell me he was going to recommend me for surgery bit when i talked with my pcp he said that the neurologist also said i was not a good candidate. this was very upsetting to me because when i came out of the neurologist office i was very happy that something was finally going to be done about my back. i feel that the neurologist should have told me everything then. what does he mean that i'm not a good candidate. i;m 59 yo, weight 295 lbs,6ft tall non-smoker and non-drinker. even though i'm over weight all the nurses say i care it well and that it should not be a hindrance to back surgery but it might prolong the recovery period. i would like to get this done before i get to old. please advise me as to what to do.

sincerely, larry
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replied January 21st, 2008
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Hello Larry,

In my opinion your neurologist should have shared with you what he told your PCP.

My advice - Get a 2nd opinion (and a 3rd too). Seek out the best neurologist/spinal surgeon that you can find. Talk to others you know and get their advice for an excellent neurologist/spinal surgeon. And I would also recommend that you call up a local professional sports team and ask who they use as a spinal specialist for their players.

Okay, to that difficult topic - weight Larry, I commend you for your "positives", however, you know that perhaps it would be a good idea to lose some weight. Think of your back. Do talk with your PCP about this. Okay.

Hope all goes well.

RichT

P.S., - I have about the same spine problems as you do. I am 71. I have had two epidural injections and they have really helped me. At this point, even considering my age I'm going to keep the knife away as long as I can. That has been my decision.
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replied January 22nd, 2008
back surgery need advise
Very Happy thanks Rich for the good advise. wii do
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replied January 22nd, 2008
First off Larry you need to lose weight. That is probably the cause of your back problems. "Carry it well", doesn't work.

85% of multi level laminectomies fail. You should do IDD. It is 90% effective. Surgery makes most people worse.

LOSE WEIGHT. You are eating double what you should be eating to maintain your current weight.
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replied January 22nd, 2008
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Hello Balldez,

May I suggest that you try to communicate in a more pleaant manner. Your approach will just turn Larry off IMHO.

RichT
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