[QUOTE=Dealing in Pa.]
JUST HAD MY DR. APPT. TODAY AND THE DR. WANTS ME TO START WORK HARDENING TO TRY TO SOFTEN UP SCAR TISSUE LEFT AFTER MY L5/S1/ DISCKECTOMY. A SECOND MRI SHOWS SCAR TISSUE REPLACING THE HERNIATION AND CAUSING FOCAL NEURITIS AT S1. IF THE WORK HARDENING DOESN'T WORK, HE WANTS TO TRY STEROID INJECTIONS. ARE THESE JUST QUICK FIXES OR ARE THEY GOING TO GET ME BACK TO WORK AS A TRUCK DRIVER/MOVER???? THIS WAITING HAS ME ALMOST TO THE POINT OF INSANITY!!!!!! HELP!!!!!!!
What kind of scarring do you have?? I get hypertrophic scarring, which is lumpy, raised and hard, kind of like keloids but not nearly as bad, and it responds [B]VERY[/B] well to cortisone injections. I've had it done a few times for a couple of moles that were cut off. Steroids are not drugs to use casually, but when they're used for the right things they can seem miraculous. Since this is going into your spine I would definitely proceed cautiously and maybe get a second opinion, but definitely consider it!! Your scarring sounds serious - your mobility and comfort are at stake here, not to mention your job!! I wouldn't wait TOO long if I were you....
P.S. My scarring didn't come back after the injections.