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Posted by Mackenzie
on February 24, 2000 at 15:20:42:
In Reply to: slightly bulging disk posted by Christina on February 22, 2000 at 09:47:51:
Hi. In October of 99 I was diagnosed with a slightly bulging disc as well as disc compression. I was referred to the Pain Managemtent Center at the Cleveland Clinic where they ried EVERYTHING! First they did a disc-o-gram to make sure that the disc was causing the pain. It was. Next they tried lumbar facets. Which is where the inject an epidural as well as some other steroids into your back at the site of pain. This only gave me relief for about 18 hours. It was supposed to keep the pain away for 6 months. So we tried it agian and I got the same results. The next step was a SpineCath IDET. This is where they pass a wire through a needle directly into your bad disc. On the end of the wire is a small heating device. They heat the disc up to 170-190 degrees in an attempt to kill the damamged part of the disc. This did not work either and it was a last resort. So three weeks ago, on Februaury 2nd, I had to have a spinal fusion. Either the epidural or the IDET typically work on 98% of the people who have them done. But of course I was that 2%. They epidural was fairly painless and I have no side effects. I definitly think you should give it a try. If you have any questions please fee to e-mail me at Love2Flip@aol.com
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