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Old 08-20-2004, 03:17 AM   #1
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Third Surgery...Looking For Advise?

Hi Everyone,
I'm looking for advice, I've had a micodiscecomy/laminectomy in March 01.
I then needed another discectomy in Nov. 01 ( both were on L5/S1 )
I never really have been pain free since the second surgery. Mostly back pain, but now it is going down my butt and leg again.
The Doc told me after the second one that there is a good chance I will someday need a Fusion, Since there is no disc left. I'm afraid that day is near!!
I'm wondering does anyone know of any other options for me? I really dont want a fusion. From what I've read here it seems like a very sloww healing process.
Any thoughts would help!
Thanks Dave

 
Old 08-20-2004, 09:48 AM   #2
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Re: Third Surgery...Looking For Advise?

I believe you only have surgical options at this point. Have you considered artificial disk replacement?

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Old 08-20-2004, 01:42 PM   #3
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Re: Third Surgery...Looking For Advise?

Sorry, Dave- I meant to write that I believe you only have 2 surgical options at this point: fusion or ADR. Are there other things that could help, I sure hope so as I am in the same situation as you. In a nutshell, here is what has helped me: icing back every couple of hours , advil (3 x 4 day), laying face down to relieve the burning pain, finding a progressive physical therapist who does good manual work, getting an electrical stimulator at home to block the pain and using it 3/day religiously, always wearing good supportive shoes and supportive shower sandals while standing in shower, avoiding bending and lifting...Have you investigated facet and or sacroiliac pain? I just had two SI joint injections that have helped the buttock pain....? My doc just prescribed neuronin and claims it will help with the nerve pain. Maybe that would help w/ your leg pain?
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