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Posted by Elaine on October 21, 2000 at 12:46:31:

In Reply to: Welcome Elaine! posted by Sue on October 21, 2000 at 11:01:58:

: Hi Elaine. Welcome to the Board. I am contemplating a laminectomy for a severely herniated L5-S1 disc. Physical Therapy was helping, but now I think I am the best I'm going to get from the PT. Which is not "liveable." I'm VERY afraid of surgery. Keep thinking of all the complications, and what if things turn out worse? Or, on the other hand, I could have it and it could be a success. What a gamble......!!! Glad you're starting to feel great from your surgery. I give you a lot of credit (and all others) who have the courage to go through with some of the major back surgeries. But I guess at that point, "we" get to be in so much pain that we will try anything. I'm just about at that point now. Take care! Sue

You are right, we get to the point where we hurt so bad that we will try anything for relief. It took me 15 years to reach that point. It all started from a car wreck in 1985, I have also had three tmj surgeries from the same accident. Believe me I wish my tmj surgeries were as successful as my back surgery.
The doctor said my disc was calcified so it was like a pebble rubbing against my spine, for me I had no choice but to do surgery now, or suffer for the rest of my life. The way he explained it to me was if I didn't have leg pain that I would need fusion for stability. He also said that to just trim the herniated part of the disc that it would probably herniate again down the road and I have friends that had the trim and sure enough it did herniate again. I decided to take the harder route and get it fixed right the first time. I am glad I made the decision I did as I feel better than I have in years and it has only been 10 days. There are a lot of horror stories out there but there are also lots of success stories, the difference is the ones that are successes have a life and not much time for a computer. I know everyone is different and what works for one may not work for another but I think mine worked and it is all thanks to the doctor I found. I hope I can be of some support to those that need it as I know how it helped me when I was deciding whether to have surgery or not. The main thing is the doctor and I truely believe that.
Take care,

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