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I have surgery sceduled for herniation and decompression. Has anyone had this done and it helped low back pain due to degenerativ bad ddiscdisease. Has anyone had these surgeries and gotten relief for your low back Without gotten low back relief from a fu

From: Oreo - on 03/17/2011 11:25pm

My low back pain is constant at a 6. I have severe degenatice disc disease. I am scheduled for a metrx minimally invasive surgery for l23. Herniation and decompression of l 3 4 disc osteophyte complex. Doc does not want to fuse at the same time,thinkingni might have a bit of low back relief due to the other surgeries. I kind of want him to fuse now.. 1/3. Chanc I will need it sooner than later. Do I want to wait and do another fusion at a later date.? Input please.
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on 03/21/2011 10:54am

im no doctor but i have been fused and for that i am sorry and wish i could have been able to deal with the pain but that is not the case here i was on percocets for the past 6 yrs for which i have never been out of pain unless i really took 10 10/325s 8 times a day ya if i wanna forget about life well i would not submit to a urine test and refused any narcotic that made u talk to your self or to others u don't even know what your saying any ways back to the urine test i refused because i self pained relief because i couldn't sleep before 3am and never could wake out of pain i became a user of marijuana and after 6yrs of the same doctor and no second opinion he finally sent me to pain management and holy i have had to quit smoking pot and put on methadone and all kids of meds to put out a elephant well that's what it felt like taking a dump anyways well i could go on and on but on the brighter side some on the other side say its been great just remember they say they can get rid of the problem but maybe not the pain lol sorry i bored u all reading boo ho for me right u are so right i was warned but as usual a 30yrold at the time u couldn't tell me anything unless it had dollars in front of the sentence peace out and good luck get 4 8 6 or however many opinions u can or are allowed buy the government I'm sorry i mean medical insurance companies allow u to get wish i could really go back in time or have enough money to patten a prosthetic spine no don't take my idea and run it smarter than that not to protect my invention imagine that

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on 03/24/2011 8:51am

I think that you would want to wait and do the surgeries seperately. I have degenerative disc disease and have had L-5-S-1 fused together back in 2006. If I had any idea what pain I would experience when I opened my eyes in recovery I would have never had the surgery done. I am worse off now than before the surgery. Even though the fusion took well and everything healed great I have a lot of nerve damage down my left leg that radiates to my left foot. I have had several spinal injections for the pain and unfortunately they did not help. I just found out yesterday that L-4 has a ruptered disc and that I have to have another fusion that will go from L-4 to S-1. I have no bladder or bowel control anymore. I am 48 years old and have worked everday since I was 17 years old. It took a long time for me to get use to not working. I cannot even vaccum my floors anymore. Please think long and hard before making a decision, because once it is done..it is done! Good luck to you and please let me know how you are doing.

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on 03/24/2011 2:54pm

madF819,

Thank you for your response. I am scheduled for only the L2/3 discectomy and L3/4 decompression.I decided this doctor was right. My 2nd and 3rd opinion wanted to fuse at the same time. If I have to fuse at a later date, so be it. Surgery is April 14th. I thought long and hard before committing to surgery, but I am afraid of left leg nerve damage, as I have tingling in both feet from January 2010.

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on 03/25/2011 8:08am

Hi Guys, I had a L3-L4 fusion and a lot of other stuff done at the same time. I`m 8 months post I`m another one that says I wish I never had the back fusion. I`m out of work now and on way more Pain meds then before surgery(OxyCotin 80s+). I had the best dr. in my area. Just beware you can get worse after surgery, I did and many others. You think presurgery you are in 10+ pain. After there is a whole new level of pain you only wish to get back to the old 10+.Best of Luck to You Sam

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on 03/26/2011 9:14am

I had a microdisectomy in 1994. I was only in the hospital ove night. 10 days after surgery I could not walk. When I arrived back at the hospital I was told I had an infectio in the disc space. I was in the hospital 27 daysand was sent home on iv antibiotics ( Vancomycin). I was on this twice a day for 4 weeks. I was pronounced cured of the infection. While I was in the hospital I had a second surgery to clan the infection out of the disc space. I was home for 3 months, went back to college and was fine...then I couldn'twalk again. I went back to the hospital and theyput me back on the vancomycin and they operated again to ncleanout the disc space. 10 days later I wa operated on again where they removed the entire disc becaus of the infection. This stay was 26 days. I was sent home again with iv antibiotics. This time I only had to do them 1 time a day for 3 weeks. My spine was not fused medically. It fused on its own. I, myself do not recommend surgery. My degenerativecondition has only gotten worse with it. Before surgery when i had a nsevere occurrance I could at least still walk. Now when I have an incident I can't put any weight on my legs at all. Every one is different and will not have the same experience that I did. I just think that if you do the muscle strengething excercises that are recommended you will be a lot better off than to have th surgery. I wish I had done that instead of the surgery. I can live with the pain. I have had it since I was in the 4th grade. My degeneative disc disease is hereitary and not because of age. The pain before surgery was mild compared to wht I occassionaly suffer now. But as long as I keep moving it passes.

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on 03/26/2011 4:49pm

HI, I JUST READ YOUR INQUIRY. I TOO HAVE MANY BACK ISSUES. HERNIATED DISCS, DEENERATIVE DISC DESEASE, STENOSIS, SPONDYLOTHESIS, SCOLIOSIS. I HACE SUFFERE3D FOR FIFTEEN YEARS, NO SURGERY NO MEDS. PLWASE, BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING, PLEASE CONTACT THESE TWO WEBSITES. IN A FEW MONTHS I WILL BE HAVING OUTPATIENT LASER SPINAL SURGERY. WWW.LASER-SPINE..COM AND LASER SPINE INSTITUTE.COM

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on 03/27/2011 11:18pm

Miss muffin,
I am not having a fusion now. I am scheduled only for l 2/3 and 3/4 work which is to be done through a minimally invasive technique. Thanks!

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on 03/31/2011 12:11pm

5 Yrs ago I had L4-S1 FUSION, Dr's told me I had no other choice I have Degenerative Disc Disease. Spinal stenosis. Honestly I got about 4 months of relief before the pain returned. Now I deal with scar tissue, arthritis in my spine. and sometimes it feels like the Hardware is coming through the skin. I was a very active women, worked as a recovery agent for a finance company. I can't even drive a manual shift automobile anymore. I have numbness in my legs, feet and toes.
Since the surgery I have had epidurals, medications, even the nerves burned in my back to try to kill the pain. My opinion there is no need to have a second surgery, see another Dr.. With DDD fusion is 99% unavoidable. I would insist they do the entire procedure at ones.. I wish you the very best with your recovery.. My thoughts and prayers are with you that your outcome is different than mine..

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on 04/13/2011 8:42am

Do the surgery it helps. I had it done 3 years ago after I lost the use of my right leg.

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