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Lumbar Disk Disease with Radiculopathy

Started by prissykrissy 1 week 2 days ago

2018 I had my second lumbar fusion and laminectomy L3 - S1. I had my first lumbar L4-L5 fusion in 2010 and in 2017 a Cervical C6-C7 fusion.
I’m 6 months post op and have had 2 nerve root blocks L4-l5,S1 these have helped only with the leg pain however neither took away my lower back pain. The last NRB treatment showed 2 pinched or impinged nerves. This is absolutely worrisome that I’m not feeling that I’m getting better. However I must admit I am not feeling like I’ve gotten worse it’s more like there has not been much of a change prior to my last lumbar surgery. I know these nerve root blocks only mask my pain. I don’t know what direction to go to now. I don’t want to think I’d have to rely on opioids for the rest of my life but at this point that is my only relief along with laying on my heating pad for hours every day. As soon as I start being active the quicker the pain level begins to increase. My pain management provider has brought up the spine pain stimulator has anyone had this device? Does it work, was this your last resort above additional spine surgeries. I was advised to allow 12 months to heal from my last lumbar surgery, and I have been told by my doctors I have bone spurs both in my neck and low back than the pinched nerves in my lower back. I have a lot of nerve damage that Gabapentin nor lyrica are good for. I don’t know what I need at this point. Please if anyone has been through the same scenario and can Offer some helpful information or advice please share. Thank you!
P.S. what is the difference between Degenerative Disk Disease, and Lumbar Disk Disease with Radiculopathy??

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