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Earl

United States

#529 Aug 21, 2008
Mike wrote:
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Insurance is good news because I had Secure Horizons even just before it came under the AARP additional label, and only had to pay that tiny $200 for the x-stop. So you should be OK there - but it would be good to check in advance.
Was your peripheral neuropathy diagnosed after a test where they apply little electrical charges to several spots in the lower legs? My test came out negative so it was clear that stenosis was the problem - but still my x-stop procedure didn't help at all.
In my case also, for years a couple of doctors thought I had a circulatory problem, rather than neurological problem, and I had an uncomfortable angioplasty that was useless -- it makes you wonder what kind of a job they are doing. Mike
Yes, they checked my legs AND arms with an electrical current, looking at the result on a scope. Said it was system wide. They concentrated on my legs though, I think it was called an EMG, but had a slightly different EMG done recently on my spine and that was a helluva lot more painful. No one volunteered that the more recent numbness in upper thigh was related to neuropathy though. MRI on spine shows definite stenosis, BUT is this source of numbness in thigh? You ever wonder if your diagnosis would be more intensive and hi-tec if you were a million-dollar quarterback?:)
Mike

Santa Barbara, CA

#530 Aug 21, 2008
Earl wrote:
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Yes, they checked my legs AND arms with an electrical current, looking at the result on a scope. Said it was system wide. They concentrated on my legs though, I think it was called an EMG, but had a slightly different EMG done recently on my spine and that was a helluva lot more painful. No one volunteered that the more recent numbness in upper thigh was related to neuropathy though. MRI on spine shows definite stenosis, BUT is this source of numbness in thigh? You ever wonder if your diagnosis would be more intensive and hi-tec if you were a million-dollar quarterback?:)
I'm a little baffled by your case, and why an x-stop might even be helpful. From what I understand, as in my rather classic case, the numbness is in the feet and lower legs, and occurs when walking or standing. And this is easily relieved by just sitting or squatting - thus showing that a pinching of the nerves is occuring, with the spinal stenosis as the key issue.
In your case, the numbness is in the upper part of just one leg. Also you have widespread neurological problems throughout the body - so how could the x-stop help that?
Please only get an appointment about all your test results with a very experienced neurologist who has done many x-stop procedures to evaluate what to do. Mike
Mitch

Virginia Beach, VA

#531 Aug 21, 2008
Mike my symptoms were exactly the same as yours. You pose an excellent question. My neuropathology test showed no problems.
Earl

United States

#532 Aug 22, 2008
Mike wrote:
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I'm a little baffled by your case, and why an x-stop might even be helpful. From what I understand, as in my rather classic case, the numbness is in the feet and lower legs, and occurs when walking or standing. And this is easily relieved by just sitting or squatting - thus showing that a pinching of the nerves is occuring, with the spinal stenosis as the key issue.
In your case, the numbness is in the upper part of just one leg. Also you have widespread neurological problems throughout the body - so how could the x-stop help that?
Please only get an appointment about all your test results with a very experienced neurologist who has done many x-stop procedures to evaluate what to do. Mike
"the numbness is in the feet and lower legs, and occurs when walking or standing. And this is easily relieved by just sitting or squatting - "
This IS my symptom, except for the part about feet and lower legs. Perhaps since they've been getting gradually numb-er for so long I don't notice the numbness down there? However, there is enough ambiguity that I'd sure like to get it diagnosed more precisely than that before cutting. Let's see I haven't asked my question about titanium allergy yet, have I? Was anyone checked for that before their operations?
Banjoken

Sanford, FL

#533 Aug 22, 2008
mike wrote:
could any one reccomend a doctor that is skilled in x stop surgery in south florida??
Mike:

I had an X-stop implanted November of this year by Dr. Robert Lins of West Palm Beach. He is associated with Wellington Hospital. He is, by other's accounts, a brilliant man. He did a great job with my back, and I've had no negative effects. He works well with insurance companies. His office staff are not always up to the task (appointments always take way longer to make -I waited 4 hours one time), and I was very unhappy with Wellington (poor transfer from recovery to regular care), but I think he did a great job.
Mitch

Virginia Beach, VA

#534 Aug 23, 2008
I would search out a neurosurgeon before settling for an orthopedic. We are essentially talking about a nerve condition here.
Ian

Bradford, UK

#535 Aug 29, 2008
Hiya,
New to the forum, first post.
I am a 50yr old man and have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis. I have been following the posts regarding the x-stop and still have this feeling that I am too young to have this done. I control the back pain with Diclofenac, its very effective, but still can't walk for more that 20 minutes before my legs gets very heavy and start to go numb. I then have to stop for a few minutes, bend over, squat, sit down, or all three before going on my way. The same thing will then happen in the next 10 mins or so.
My question is directed to those who have had the back injections. I have been offered these and would like to know if they help the numbness in the legs or are they just to help the backpain.
Sorry for the long post. Good luck to all those having the x-stop.
Craig

AOL

#536 Aug 29, 2008
This site helped me a lot a year ago as did my operation. I had a 2 level operation (See 314 post for orginal detail). Intially the operation seemed to cure my pain. However, some of the pain came back in the same general area a weeks latter. I had my hips checked and I was bone on bone in my left hip. I ended up having it resurfaced in Feb. I have noticed several posts sighting continuing pain. My back was just part of the problem. I am now feel That I am at 100 %.
No NSAIDs, pain and the only one limitation ( I am a Masters level swimmer and my MD says no flip turns). I hike for miles ,do yoga etc. If your hip is the problem ck out the surfacehippy website. O
Injections

Virginia Beach, VA

#537 Aug 30, 2008
Ian wrote:
Hiya,
New to the forum, first post.
I am a 50yr old man and have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis. I have been following the posts regarding the x-stop and still have this feeling that I am too young to have this done. I control the back pain with Diclofenac, its very effective, but still can't walk for more that 20 minutes before my legs gets very heavy and start to go numb. I then have to stop for a few minutes, bend over, squat, sit down, or all three before going on my way. The same thing will then happen in the next 10 mins or so.
My question is directed to those who have had the back injections. I have been offered these and would like to know if they help the numbness in the legs or are they just to help the backpain.
Sorry for the long post. Good luck to all those having the x-stop.
I had the exact same symptoms. Initially the injections helped but then the effects lessened.. After my X-stop placement I still get the injections and they now work great. The problem with NSAIDS like Diclofen is they will eventually damage the kidneys. I took piroxicam for years and found out this year that my kidneys are only 68% functional.
John Field

Olympia, WA

#538 Sep 3, 2008
I'm looking for someone in the Spokane, Wa. area who is qualified to do the x-stop surgery.
Nora

Deerfield Beach, FL

#539 Sep 3, 2008
Hello, I'm a 54 yrs old female, I suffered with Spinal Stenosis for 10 years, just had the XStop procedure done at Jackson Memorial in Miami FL, on July 31st. The very next day I was up, I had a lot of pain due to the surgery, but I could tell the difference from the moment I got up, that my previous pain was gone, what I had was a very "happy pain". I was on Percocet for five days, and Tylenol for 4-5 days after. I stayed at the hospital two days because I do not live in the Miami area and I was concern about the ride home, but made the trip very well. It's been now four weeks, I already walked 2 miles, and except a small discomfort around the incision, I'm doing great, good post op. care is very important. No bending, twisting or lifting. I'm only sorry I didnt do it sooner, my quality of life before was very poor.
Mitch

West New York, NJ

#540 Sep 4, 2008
Just for others readers, I experienced practically no discomfort at all. My surgery was at 4:30PM and I was at my dinner table at 7:30PM that same night. The hospital is only about 20 minutes away. I think I took 2 pain pills post op. I was instructed not to drive for a week and not to play golf for 2 months. There were no other instructions about bending, etc. I say these things only to bracket the what to expect after the procedure.
Karen Dunaway

AOL

#541 Sep 4, 2008
I live in Decatur Il and Dr Chu does this surgery in our town. I went to see him in April and am calling him tomorrow Sept 4 to set an appointment to have it done. My pain is all day the only relief I get is to sit or lay down. Wish me lucy will let you know.
Nora

Deerfield Beach, FL

#542 Sep 6, 2008
Karen Dunaway wrote:
I live in Decatur Il and Dr Chu does this surgery in our town. I went to see him in April and am calling him tomorrow Sept 4 to set an appointment to have it done. My pain is all day the only relief I get is to sit or lay down. Wish me lucy will let you know.
Karen, I wish you the best, you will not believe how great you will feel. Keep us posted please. My prayers to you.
marlene brewster

AOL

#543 Sep 9, 2008
sed rate is increased abdominal pain, bloating, constipation 4 wks. post op lumbar laminwxtomy l4-5
Sue in Texas

San Antonio, TX

#544 Sep 14, 2008
I have had many steroid injections, but only to aleviate back pain. The best thing I have had prescribed for numbness, pins and needles in my feet is Elvail. I take the smallest dose at bedtime and sleep like a baby and shoes do not bother my feet! I hope this helps with your pain.
Sue
Earl

Burnt Hills, NY

#545 Sep 15, 2008
Does anyone have any luck with support belts? My physical therapist encouraged me to wear one. I bought it at Walmarts and it resembles a weightlifter's belt, but is not leather and has velcro closures ~$25. It alleviates numbness, some, in the side of my left hip and thigh.(my feet have been getting numb for 20 years, belt doesn't help there, the thigh numbness is a recent development).
Karen Dunaway

AOL

#546 Sep 17, 2008
Earl wrote:
Does anyone have any luck with support belts? My physical therapist encouraged me to wear one. I bought it at Walmarts and it resembles a weightlifter's belt, but is not leather and has velcro closures ~$25. It alleviates numbness, some, in the side of my left hip and thigh.(my feet have been getting numb for 20 years, belt doesn't help there, the thigh numbness is a recent development).
One of my doctors suggested I wear on of those belt it only made my back hurt more. No luck with it. I am going for an appointment Sept 19 to see about having the xstop surgery.
Elaine

AOL

#547 Sep 17, 2008
I live in the Tampa Bay area in Florida. Does anyone know of doctor(s) in this area who perform the X-Stop procedure?

Thanks!
Karen Dunaway

AOL

#548 Sep 19, 2008
Does anyone out their have Blue Cross Blue Shield of Ten. I saw the doctor about xstop today and he was not sure if it would pay for the surgery. Just checking to see before I call.

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