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    Old 08-16-2003, 04:33 AM   #16
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    Hi,

    First post!

    I have had 2 injections, 1st one was outstanding success for 2 weeks only. Next one made no diff at all. Both were performed under an MRI scan to get the needle in exactly the right place. 2nd injection was increased by 50%, absolutely no relief.

    Decided on a Micrdiscectomy or an artificial disc replacement (available in Australia).

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    Male 38 110Kg 1.82cm Overweight by 25Kg Unfit. Sydney, Australia
    Life long lower back pain only 2-3 times a year immobbile for 2-3 days, no diagnosis.
    Jun 2002 Severe Pain lower back & right Hip did not go away as had done before.
    Jul 2002 Pain slowly spread down right Leg
    Nov 2002 -Mar 2003 Physio - mild Relief
    Apr 2003 - Now in constant sciatic pain and walking like a banana. Ca only walk for 2-3 minutes, mist sit or lie only on left side.
    June 2003 MRI scan reveals severe disc bulge L5, other lumbar discs dark in scan indication low hydration.
    Jun 2003 MRI guided Epidural steroid injection, next day complete pain relief, only lasted 2 weeks.
    July 2003 MRI guided Epidural steroid injection, no relief at all
    Aug 2003 Severe sciatica, numb & burning lower right leg
    Aug 2003 MRI confirms bulge has worsened. Ca no longer sit, stand, lie or do any bloody thing, start to take any pain killers offered.
    Aug 2003 - Trying to find a recommended surgeon proves very difficult, enlist all of my doctor friends to hunt a good one down and try to get an emergency procedure.
    7 Aug 2003 - Admitted to a highly recommended Sydney hospital for pain management whilst awaiting a surgeon to be found.
    8 Aug 2003 - Found a great surgeon who has been performing artificial disc replacements, a top quality surgeon. H agrees to perform a Micrdiscectomy to remove bulge.
    12 Aug 2003 Micrdiscectomy removes bulge along with misc disc fragments lying around - All pain gone! Now recovering! Slight numb under right big toe. Walking easily, straightening up, feeling very hopeful!
    14 Aug 2003 - At home, getting on with normal life, no pain or drugs, no sitting or bending, walking 30-60 min per day.
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    Male 38 110Kg 1.82cm Overweight by 25Kg Unfit. Sydney, Australia
    Life long lower back pain only 2-3 times a year immobbile for 2-3 days, no diagnosis.
    Jun 2002 Severe Pain lower back & right Hip did not go away as had done before.
    Jul 2002 Pain slowly spread down right Leg
    Nov 2002 -Mar 2003 Physio - mild Relief
    Apr 2003 - Now in constant sciatic pain and walking like a banana. Ca only walk for 2-3 minutes, mist sit or lie only on left side.
    June 2003 MRI scan reveals severe disc bulge L5, other lumbar discs dark in scan indication low hydration.
    Jun 2003 MRI guided Epidural steroid injection, next day complete pain relief, only lasted 2 weeks.
    July 2003 MRI guided Epidural steroid injection, no relief at all
    Aug 2003 Severe sciatica, numb & burning lower right leg
    Aug 2003 MRI confirms bulge has worsened. Ca no longer sit, stand, lie or do any bloody thing, start to take any pain killers offered.
    Aug 2003 - Trying to find a recommended surgeon proves very difficult, enlist all of my doctor friends to hunt a good one down and try to get an emergency procedure.
    7 Aug 2003 - Admitted to a highly recommended Sydney hospital for pain management whilst awaiting a surgeon to be found.
    8 Aug 2003 - Found a great surgeon who has been performing artificial disc replacements, a top quality surgeon. H agrees to perform a Micrdiscectomy to remove bulge.
    12 Aug 2003 Micrdiscectomy removes bulge along with misc disc fragments lying around - All pain gone! Now recovering! Slight numb under right big toe. Walking easily, straightening up, feeling very hopeful!
    14 Aug 2003 - At home, getting on with normal life, no pain or drugs, no sitting or bending, walking 30-60 min per day.

     
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    Old 08-18-2003, 09:51 AM   #17
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    Thanks all for your experiences. I am thinking that if this doesn't woek that they are going to have to do a fusion which I would rather take oxy for life than have the fusion done. Although my grandfather had it done quite a few years ago and has had great results there have been too many stories of failed surgeries for me. I guess it is just scary! Take care all. Oh Oz I have a brother that lives in Australia and has a band called Twin Fish. Ever heard of them? they are workiing on a CD right now. Not my kind of music but hey to each his own right?! He lives near the coral reef in a city that I always forget. Take Care Mo

     
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