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Old 12-30-2003, 04:32 AM   #1
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I am 42 years old and just diagnosed with DDD with a herniated disc and bulging disc at l4 and l5 and sciatica. I hurt my back a few years ago by picking up a rug and ended up in a brace and physical therapy for months. I was pain free for about 4 years and then I was in a car accident and had neck problems. I went through months of physical therapy. I was finally diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome. I have swelling in the neck. It seems to get worse when my back goes out.

I have been experiencing off and on back pain for 4 years now the latest has been for about 3 months straight. I have been to a chiropractor that practiced in holistic healing for a couple of years and it worked for a while, but now I am back to pain every day. I was referred to a neuro surgeon and he is going to try a nerve block. If that doesn't work, he suggested I have a spinal fusion.

I am at a loss. In order to function, I have to take pain meds and muscle relaxers. I am still working. Has anyone had good luck with spinal fusions? How long does it take to recover? I am seriously considering it if the nerve block doesn't work. I have a one year old grandson that lives with me and it sucks that I can't pick him up.

Any help/advice would be appreciated!

Thanks for listening


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Old 12-30-2003, 05:34 AM   #2
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A good doctor and yes a spinal fusion can take away the pain. You will hear all sorts of horror stories but I can say mine was a success.
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Old 12-30-2003, 05:34 AM   #3
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Hi Judy!
Sorry for you pain. Although, you will find lots of support on this board.
At what level are they considering fusion? Thoracic, Cervical, Lumbar?
There are several good fusion outcomes. I had a fusion from T1 to L1 due to scoliosis when I was 17, I'm 28 now. There is life after fusion so don't worry too much. It is possible that a fusion will help you temendously.
Good luck and keep us posted!!


Old 12-30-2003, 05:39 AM   #4
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Thanks for your replies! I am relieved to hear some good outcomes. The spinal fusion will be l4+l5.


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