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Posted by dani on November 27, 2000 at 12:05:50:

In Reply to: IDET/Fusion for multi-level spine degeneration posted by Beth on November 26, 2000 at 17:35:45:

Hi Beth-

Sorry to hear of what you are struggling with. A lot of us here can relate. I'm a 21 year old female who has had back pain for 5 years. I had surgery when I was 18 and I'm having another next month. Like you, my discs rupture without any accident or trauma. I have a congenitally small spinal canal as I guess that puts more pressure on the diseased discs and contributes to them blowing.

Anyway, like Pat G said, pain management is not the worst thing. I had a choice to do a two level fusion or another discectomy (for dec) I'm doing the discectomy in hopes that it will get rid of the pain in my hips and the front of my thighs and my knees (it is L3-4). I'll still have pain my back and the backs of my legs and feet...but I take morphine and so, hopefully, I can manage this pain for the next few years until something better than a fusion comes along. I'm holding out for disc-replacement surgery. There is a lot of info on the web about this. Try typing in artificial disc replacement surgery and you'll get the site.

What meds are you taking? I take MS contin and it is pretty good. I'm able to get through school with it and I plan on getting a job after graduation this spring. It will be hard..but it would be a lot harder if I didn't have any pain meds (I didn't last year and I went to the ER 4 times!)

Anyway, now I'm just rambling! I hope you find some answers.

every good wish-

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