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    Old 04-14-2007, 11:52 AM   #1
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    sciatica back problems (new to the board)

    hey everyone,
    new to the board, well been having back problems for about a month now and started to get the leg pain and numbness. had an MRI done and I have a herniated disk that has fragmented at the L5-s1 area. IT has been three weeks now and have decided to get some type of surgery done. this back issue has mentally and physically tormented me and depression has sunk in also , Iam sure some of you can relate.. been doing alot of research, on procedures they do for this and wondering what people here have had done and there results. wondering more about the endoscopic procedure vs micro disec. has anyone used DR. DITSWORTH out of california? and what was your experience there? I live in Atlanta ga and are there any doctors here anyone can recomend . well any info would be greatful and will be praying for everybody on here......

     
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    Old 04-14-2007, 01:08 PM   #2
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    Welcome to the board and I wish we were meeting under different circumstances. My heart goes out to you and I can totally relate to the sciatica pain. It is without a doubt the most miserable pain that I have ever experienced in my life.

    Unfortunately, I had a laminectomy for sciatica nerve compression in May of last year then 10 weeks ago had a fusion on the same disc. Last week I was diagnosed with a herniated disc above my recent fusion. Sounds like a barrel of fun doesn't it?? So I can't really answer your questions but wanted to give you a warm welcome anyway. I am sure someone will respond since we ALL love to chat!!

    Good luck and I pray you find some relief soon.

     
    Old 04-14-2007, 01:24 PM   #3
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    Re: sciatica back problems (new to the board)

    Hi there,

    Just wanted to welcome you too and am wishing you much relief. I can't help with particular docs but you seem well informed and thats a good start to getting good treatment. I'm just out of surgery and doing well I think. 3 weeks is pretty quick moving for a discetomy as very often a disc can regress naturally, usually within the first 2 months, so you might be able to avoid surgery yet (here's hoping hey), but of course I do understand the pain you are in so in the meantime, please take care of yourself and give yourself the best chance to avoid surgery and/or give yourself a good chance of a successful surgery if the time comes.

    Lots of luck and keep us updated
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    Old 04-14-2007, 02:53 PM   #4
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    Re: sciatica back problems (new to the board)

    thanks guys for the warm welcome, this is a great forum to talk . dont mean this in a bad way, but glad to find others with similar problems that can relate to me/us.. Iam a 32 year old male and never thought something would happen to me at this age, thanks for the encouragement and I wish everyone on here well.

     
    Old 04-14-2007, 04:41 PM   #5
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    Welcome mate and I'm not a doctor or have any knowledge of doctoring apart from have suffered long and hard with my back. I think what 123dietdrpepper has said is what you are looking at. I know it sounds bad but as I have said a number of times you could be the lucky one where it all works so well that you'll wonder why did I ever fuss over it. I hope this is the way it does go if you hav eto have the operation done. Just remember I'm not a doctor but what you have said happened to me as it has to 123dietdrpepper. The only think I can think of is hire a couple of comedy movies like Lampoon holiday vacation and there are about 4 of them out there. Lay down and watch them. Have a laugh and it might help take away a little pain for a small while. SO I hope things get better for you and this is the best site to be on as many have been there and done that and I bet you'll get more replies to this. So take care mate from the Tattman.

     
    Old 04-14-2007, 08:16 PM   #6
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    Welcome, and sorry you have to be here. It seems once your a spiney, always a spiney. I have had problems for 17 years now. Some years way worse than others. Depression runs high with chronic pain and if you are depressed you might consider asking the doc for cymbalta as it helps with nerve pain as well. Or something else. There are also meds out for nerve pain like Neurotin, Lyrica most of us here are on those or have been. The meds they give for back pain won't touch the nerve pain. However, the nerve meds send you into a fog for a few weeks till you get use to them. Just some tips I wish I would have known sooner.

    I just had fusion five weeks ago. You'll find that there is tons of support here, questions answered, shoulders to cry on, people to tell you to quit crying or whatever you may need...the one thing we have is support. And unlike our family and friends who don't understand. EVERYONE HERE DOES. I doubt there's anything you could say that ten people aren't gonna say yep me to. This place has been my life line..and I hope you find all the support you need.


    I don't know any docs in your area, but I can tell you to find the top spine specialist in your area and get atleast two opinions.

    best of luck to you..vette

     
    Old 04-15-2007, 03:01 AM   #7
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    Welcome You have come to the right place and most of the time someone is on here as alot of us have trouble sleeping. So read the posts and post often we all help each other.

     
    Old 04-15-2007, 05:31 AM   #8
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    Re: sciatica back problems (new to the board)

    Hi Bass,

    Welcome to the boards! Yes, there are alot of us on here that can relate to your pain and it certainly is no picnic. I have left sided sciatica w/ foot numbness since early March and I cant even get in to see a doc until May 8. I am hoping that mine will resolve on it's own by then. For me, the pain at night & not sleeping was the worst. THere are, as others said, many more options other than jumping into surgery real quick. Have you or can you try the nerve blocks or epidural steroid injections? Sometimes these can reduce the pain & inflammation totally or at least enough to enable to get through some physical therapy that MAY help to resolve the herniation. Either way, I wish you luck and feel free to ask all the questions you want!

     
    Old 04-15-2007, 10:58 AM   #9
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    Hi Bass11,

    First, welcome to the board. You will find a lot of support here. I don't know of any MD's in your areas you've asked about. Are you saying the disc fragmented or the bone on the spine at that disc location? Anyhow, framentation sounds like surgery to me. I am 7 weeks post discectomy tomorrow. I have read several different posts on here about having had a micro discectomy, a few have been sucessful, more have had later surgeries to fix it again. It all depends on the person's specific problem and how good the surgeon is. I had the endoscopic discectomy at L3 L4. Just to give you an idea how quickly the nerves can become angry post surgery, I asked the surgeon how soon I could return to work post diecectomy. He said about 3 weeks. My back and leg pain started Jan 31st of this year, by Feb. 26th I was having surgery. The surgeon came out and told my family that the surgery went well, I only have about a one inch long scar. But, he said the problem that she will have is going to be her right leg and he put me out of work until the end of this month. The frist two days post surgery the only pain I really noticed was the surgical site which compared to pre-surgery was great. Then the nerves that had only been compressed for about one month began to wake up and move back to their original position. There was severe pain, burning and numbness from the lower right side of the back, around the hip inside and out, down across the top of the thigh, the knee and lower leg to about the ankle. It has taken gabapentin, cymbalta, muscle relaxers and physical therapy to help regain some of the strength I lost in the right leg and to get the worst of the pain down to between the knee area to the ankle since then. Please do not think I am trying to scare you. Everyone is different and you will get many different stories. But I am a firm believer in knowing what the best and worst case senario can be. I don't like suprises when it comes to something like this. Everyone on this board understants nerve pain, there is nothing quite like it. The ones I feel the most for are the ones that have been dealing with this for years. I was lucky, it has only been a few months for me. I hope and pray that you are lucky also as none of it is fun. Please check in with us and let us know how you are doing and what decisions you have made. Good luck bass11. God Bless and I will keep you in my prayers. Usta

     
    Old 04-15-2007, 01:26 PM   #10
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    [QUOTE=bass11] wondering more about the endoscopic procedure vs micro disec. has anyone used DR. DITSWORTH out of california? and what was your experience there? [/QUOTE]
    hi bass,
    I too have Dr. Ditsworth as one of the Dr.s I am considering. Hopefully someone will chime in about him.

    As far as the procedures, one thing that caught my eye was that the endoscopic version doesn't gaurantee that the surgeon get all of the herniation. <I guess>
    I assume the open version allows the surgeon to see alot more of the disc.
    The trade-off is the cutting of the muscle and other tissues.

    This is my delima right now. Not sure what is better.

     
    Old 04-15-2007, 03:46 PM   #11
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    Welcome! I too know what you mean about not thinking at the age of 31 (when my back pain began) that I would be having to deal with this. I felt like an 80 yr old woman.
    I had a micro D. It didn't work for me. I was better after surgery but never felt 100% quite right. I don't regret my decison to have the surgery. I just had a laminectomy done in January and knock on a large hunk of wood I feel fantastic! Talk with your surgeon tell him/her what your concerns are about both and hopefully you will pick the one that works best for you.
    Sorry I can't help with the Dr you are asking about.
    Best of luck and keep us posted on how you are doing.

    Karen

     
    Old 04-15-2007, 03:50 PM   #12
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    [QUOTE=Paul from CA;2923246]hi bass,
    I too have Dr. Ditsworth as one of the Dr.s I am considering. Hopefully someone will chime in about him.

    As far as the procedures, one thing that caught my eye was that the endoscopic version doesn't gaurantee that the surgeon get all of the herniation. <I guess>
    I assume the open version allows the surgeon to see alot more of the disc.
    The trade-off is the cutting of the muscle and other tissues.

    This is my delima right now. Not sure what is better.[/QUOTE]

    Paul, if you are looking for a second opinion, I have several friends who were quite happy with Dr. Wang (pronounced "WONG") who is the co-chair of the UCLA Comprehensive Spine Center. I went to see him about my issues and he concurred with my neurologist, and I'm avoiding surgery for now. But he comes highly recommended from two friends who have gone to him (one who had surgery, and one who he gave a different DX to than two other ortho doctors and solved her problem without surgery).

     
    Old 04-15-2007, 04:11 PM   #13
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    Re: sciatica back problems (new to the board)

    thanks again everyone for your support,

    the family doesnt quite understand what I am going through, not saying they are not here for me . ,but just that they dont relate.


    today was a rough day, I tried to avoid pain pills all day untill the evening came around and couldnt take it anymore ... I definetly will ask my doc about those nerve pills some of you were talking about...

    AS for Dr dits. he actually talk to me on the phone and let me ask all the questions I wanted to and listened, but still wondering if there is anyone who has used him before

    Well anyways good to have some people to talk about my back, problem.

    Has anyone ever had a micro disec without bone removal? I actually have a large disc fragment not bone..



    Will start a new thread since this one will be getting long, I WILL BE PRAYING FOR ALL ON HERE... UNTIL NEXT TIME DAVE

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    Re: sciatica back problems (new to the board)

    [QUOTE=bass11;2921484]hey everyone,
    new to the board, well been having back problems for about a month now and started to get the leg pain and numbness. had an MRI done and I have a herniated disk that has fragmented at the L5-s1 area. IT has been three weeks now and have decided to get some type of surgery done. this back issue has mentally and physically tormented me and depression has sunk in also , Iam sure some of you can relate.. been doing alot of research, on procedures they do for this and wondering what people here have had done and there results. wondering more about the endoscopic procedure vs micro disec. has anyone used DR. DITSWORTH out of california? and what was your experience there? I live in Atlanta ga and are there any doctors here anyone can recomend . well any info would be greatful and will be praying for everybody on here......[/QUOTE]
    Don't do back surgery. More go wrong than right. The scar formation during the healing process may make the symptoms worse than the original ones for which u are seeking surgery. Start with a chiropractor or an acupuncturist. Exhaust all ideas before making that decision. I am a physician and this is my professional advice to you.

     
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