It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Back Problems Message Board

Some hope for anyone hoping to avoid surgery...

Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-18-2004, 02:56 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 24
Voguegirl HB User
Some hope for anyone hoping to avoid surgery...

I know that everyone's story is different and all cases differ but I thought I would my story might be of interest for anyone who is trying to avoid surgery. I have DDD at L5-S1 with a significant central disc bulge. I have been off work for almost 7 months now. I had three ESIs, each of which gave me some pain relief and allowed me to start walking again. Two months ago my sciatica intensified, I had numbness in my toes and was unable to walk.

My ortho said that he could only offer me fusion (which he didn't recommend) and a referral to a pain management specialist. I went for a second opinion to a neuro and he recommended a microdiscectomy. I decided to go for surgery but my gut instinct said no and I cancelled. Since then my sciatica subsided and I began to feel better than I had since February. I went for a third opinion to another ortho today.

He confirmed that I am on the mend - the bulge is subsiding. I need to walk for 45 minutes or more every day and he is positive that my back pain (which continues) will go and I should be back to normal within another 12 months. If necessary, I will need more ESIs to ease the back pain. He believes that all cases like mine resolve themselves with time.

He said that I was lucky that I hadn't gone for surgery as he predicted I would have required fusion within 2 years, with the risk of other discs weakening etc.

I know when I was in the horrors of pain, I would have allowed someone to remove half my brain if it stopped it!! This is just a story that may be relevant to someone who can't have or doesn't want surgery. I know my story isn't over, but I know one thing for sure, I'll be out pounding the streets or the treadmill every day if it means I don't have to go through that again.

Good luck to everyone.

Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 10-18-2004, 05:10 PM   #2
Senior Veteran
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: usa
Posts: 2,943
mel1977 HB User
Re: Some hope for anyone hoping to avoid surgery...

that is great, if you have the time to sit and wait, which I don't. My pain comes and goes these days. Could have two great days, and two crappy. I have many long term goals. I can't afford to be off from work for a year. I am planning on going back to school next fall, and right now I couldn't sit for ten mins in class! So, for me the only forseeable option is a lumbar fusion. But, good to know for my neck bulge.

Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
New to Boards-Need Some Advice verydisciplined Addiction & Recovery 26 08-10-2009 08:58 AM
New here, hoping to find some help :) onthegomom08 Back Problems 1 07-19-2008 11:31 AM
I need to hear some happy thoughts... cindys601 Multiple Sclerosis 20 06-16-2008 05:03 AM
Anyone have shoulder surgery, need some help sammyo1 Bone Disorders 16 06-04-2008 03:45 PM
Can Anyone Offer Some Advice on How a Skinny Guy Should Begin Weight Training? bdubb77 Exercise & Fitness 2 11-30-2006 01:12 PM
Newbie here..some ??s ohec2002 Cancer: Colon 11 09-26-2006 01:54 PM
One year update. Some good news. ladybird988 Back Problems 0 08-01-2005 09:03 PM
Possible answers as to why some are having trouble getting pain meds. tkgoodspirit Pain Management 11 01-14-2005 05:11 AM
I need some answers and advice please! Bcorica Back Problems 8 04-15-2003 07:39 AM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is Off
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:58 PM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
© 1998-2018 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!