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Sciatic Pain, Relief, Surgery, Options?

Started by Ozarkpattie on 07/07/2010 5:50pm

I have been dealing with Sciatic problems for a year now. I was diagnosed on January 1st and have been in some kind of Therapy since January 4th of this year. I started out with Physical Therapy and then in March I stopped that and started doing Spinal Decompressions Therapy on a million dollar computerized bed three days a week. That has made a tremendous improvement as i am no longer in constant pain but i am getting very discourged and depressed. I sit at a desk all day so it does not bother me much but if i walk more than 20 paces here comes the pain in my lower leg. my social life is non exsistant and my husband is so supportive and my angel. i am thinking about throwing in the towel and just having the back surgery. i just want my life to go back to normal like it was before. i was a very active person outdoors. can anyone comment or give advice on deciding to have the surgery?
any input would be greatly appreciated! thankyou =)

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For a minute I felt like this was my post: Very similar issue that I have been dealing with. Had my first discektomy in 2003, led a painfre life for 7 years. SInce the last 2 months, suffering from a reherniation at the same level.

Able to work at only 50% capacity at this point and trying all alternative therapies in hand.

So what's the actual cause of your sciatica?

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Another post correctly states that the underlying cause needs to be determined.Recurrent herniation occurs in about 20% of the surgeries so not too unusual.I have had 3 such surgeries in 4 years so it can happen. The weird thing about back issues is they are very individualized so you must take the lead yourself .This board is a great resource son you have proven your interest in taking charge.Best of luck.Keep us posted.James

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Th actual cause of my Sciatica is a bulged disc which is allowing the spinal bones to pinch on my nerve. I was thinking about having some of the bone removed. i can't remember what that surgery is called but its out patient, i am so sick of the pain that it is depressing me and hydrocodone pills do nothing for me nor does ibuprofen any longer, i fear my liver has been thru heck processing the pills i have taken to ease the piercing pain. i am at the point that i am ready for a surgical procedure, whatever that may be.

i did not hurt my back or disc, apparently it runs in my family,

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Well bulging discs have a better chances of cure through conservative therapy as against surgeries. I am assuming you are saying its the disc that's pinching the nerve (not the bone as you said)?

If its the bone for whatever reason, then the surgery should not be all that bad as against a microscopic discectomy to remove the partial disc.

A discectomy is done as the last resort on a extruded disc because the disc material has oozed out of the fiber lining and there's no way for it to go in unlike a bulged disc.

I waited from 1998 to 2003 before I got my diskectomy. Conservative therapy helped me extend my surgery from 98 to 2003 and after that nothing helped and had to accept the knife. My re-herniation came in after 7 good years upon waking up.

Note that once u have a diskectomy there are 2 risks 1) re-herniations since the there's a open hole on the disc wall. Some people have had it in weeks and some after years (some never). You might probably never need it as well. 2) the other risk is the disc thickness reduces leading to a vertebral fusion. Which is what 60% of the posters on this forum dread.

Again these are only risks, you might never ever encounter them! So don't worry. I state these only to ensure you try every single conservative therapy before you decide on the surgery.

Try the lumbar belts, food therapy, acupuncture, homeopathy, yoga, auyrveda, all of it...

We are here to help, let us know your progress.

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Please no,no,o surgery see chiropractic, buy table to streaching your spine, alternative try 6 month then thinking I after surgery suffering a lot of sever pain, now do not help me any medicine. Read my story in the topic surgery, hern. disk..., sciatica

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I am now sheduled for surgery in 8 days. I had another MRI on 8/3/2010 and it showed more deteriation. Surgery is now my only option for hopes of pain relief and getting my life back to a more normal place. I know that there is no guarantee and 100% inprovement will not happen. My doctor is saying hopefully 60 to 80% pain and mobility improvement. I also got a 2nd opinion from another Nueroligist who agreed with my primary Doctors assement of needing surgery. My Doctor wrote down for me what the surgery will be. It is: unilateral-facectomy, L4 & L5 decompression laminectomy and fusion unilaterally of L4 & L5 with pedicle screw. I am looking at a 4 to 7 day stay in the Hospital and several months of intense physical rehabilation. Amy more comments or advice???

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I am now sheduled for surgery in 8 days. I had another MRI on 8/3/2010 and it showed more deteriation. Surgery is now my only option for hopes of pain relief and getting my life back to a more normal place. I know that there is no guarantee and 100% inprovement will not happen. My doctor is saying hopefully 60 to 80% pain and mobility improvement. I also got a 2nd opinion from another Nueroligist who agreed with my primary Doctors assement of needing surgery. My Doctor wrote down for me what the surgery will be. It is: unilateral-facectomy, L4 & L5 decompression laminectomy and fusion unilaterally of L4 & L5 with pedicle screw. I am looking at a 4 to 7 day stay in the Hospital and several months of intense physical rehabilation. Amy more comments or advice???

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