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[QUOTE=Telzey;105992]Hi eeyoretigger, :wave:
Yes, I would definitely recommend trying all conservative treatments, like the McKenzie exercises, before you let someone burn your discs! Surgery should be thought of as a last resort when all other attempts have failed, or as an emergency treatment to prevent permanent nerve damage.

I know it seems like forever to have been in pain, but I'm sorry to say that disc injuries take years to heal. By having the IDET, I was hoping for a quick fix, because I had become so impatient with my constant pain and my inability to lead an active life. Having the IDET injured my disc worse, so that now it will take it even longer to heal properly. Several years, probably. I wish I had just realized back in December that what I needed to do was devote several months to resting and healing my disc. If I had, I might be well and back to normal by now.

Instead, what happened is that the IDET disabled me so badly I could barely get out of bed without excruciating pain. I couldn't even work at my desk job. I'm finally back at work, but I still can't lift over 5 lbs, walk very far, or sit very long. However, I am so much better than I was just 2 months ago that I no longer feel depressed. But I *could* do all those things pre-IDET, I just had some pain. What the IDET did for me, by making me so much worse, was adjust my attitude more than anything else. I realized how much better I was pre-IDET and how disabled it was possible to become! Now I have more patience to heal my disc. I realize that it will take a year or more, and after having been so badly disabled, I realize that there are worse things than not being able to sit on the floor or be active with my children. I now have the patience to stop looking for quick fixes. :)

But, that's just my opinion and my particular story. I am anti-surgery because of how it turned out for me. There are others on this board who are very happy with their surgeries, and hopefully some of them will post so you can get other views.

By the way, I posted a topic on an "interesting article on back surgery" a while back; you might try searching for that title.

Best of luck,
[img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/heart.gif[/img] Telzey

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4 years of back pain
Annular tear L5-S1 diagnosed 5/02 via MRI
IDET 12/2/02
1/26/03 Posterior disc prolapse occurs after sitting too long after walking. Causes new pain down left leg.
3/1/03 Leg pain reduced with exercises from the book "Treat Your Own Back" by Robin McKenzie.
3/9/03 New buttock and thigh pain and numbness.
3/25/03 Used McKenzie techniques to treat buttock and thigh pain -- pain reduced
4/4/03 Started physical therapy
5/8/03 Still worse than pre-IDET, but showing slow improvement with PT, McKenzie exercises, yoga, and Hanna Somatics exercises
5/30/03 PT suggests buttock and thigh pain may be from facet joint
I had the idet done on me back in Jan. 07, it is now May 23, 2007. I spent 2 months in bed because the pain was so bad after having the idet done. Two weeks after the idet I had a pain block which didn't do to much, I still could barely walk let alone sit. Five weeks later I had another pain block, then I could finally sit but only for like 10 min. I had another pain block two weeks later and have been about the same since....worse then before the idet. I get pains through my back like a leg cramp would feel or how labor pains feel. I move real slow, bend real slow just so I don't set these pains off. I can barely get into bed still at night cause of the pain. I am on pain meds. which do not do very much. I have just started taking arthrotec 2 weeks ago and that is helping some.....but still have the pains just not as often. My back always feels tired and it gets me down. I have ddd and artritis, the doc. said he "thinks" my pain is coming from the next disc up and wants to do the idet to that disc.....I went for a second opinion......that doc. told me all the idet did for me was to agervate what I already had. Like in otherwords if I would of had a broken leg it would of been like someone throwing a tree down on it and breaking it more. He also said this is going to be a long long long time in fixing.....and this is for life. I can just kick myself for ever having the idet done. I still have the old pain I had plus this new big time cramping pain. My back was so bad for 2 months after I only got out of bed to go to the bathroom. I had it down to where I would only have to get up 3-4 times in 24 hours. I also lost 20 pounds the first month after the idet. I had a few days where I couldn't bare the thought of even trying to sit down on the toliet so I took off my robe and got in the shower to pee. I still have to sit only in chair that have 2 arms on them so I can use them to get up and down. Just plain walking was a killer also, like I said 2 months straight in bed and 3 pain blocks later and now I am heading for pain management. I would never ever have another idet done.
How are you doing right now? Feeling any better one year later after the IDET? Wish you the best!

[QUOTE=RedangelJoy;3001807]I had the idet done on me back in Jan. 07, it is now May 23, 2007. I spent 2 months in bed because the pain was so bad after having the idet done. Two weeks after the idet I had a pain block which didn't do to much, I still could barely walk let alone sit. Five weeks later I had another pain block, then I could finally sit but only for like 10 min. I had another pain block two weeks later and have been about the same since....worse then before the idet. I get pains through my back like a leg cramp would feel or how labor pains feel. I move real slow, bend real slow just so I don't set these pains off. I can barely get into bed still at night cause of the pain. I am on pain meds. which do not do very much. I have just started taking arthrotec 2 weeks ago and that is helping some.....but still have the pains just not as often. My back always feels tired and it gets me down. I have ddd and artritis, the doc. said he "thinks" my pain is coming from the next disc up and wants to do the idet to that disc.....I went for a second opinion......that doc. told me all the idet did for me was to agervate what I already had. Like in otherwords if I would of had a broken leg it would of been like someone throwing a tree down on it and breaking it more. He also said this is going to be a long long long time in fixing.....and this is for life. I can just kick myself for ever having the idet done. I still have the old pain I had plus this new big time cramping pain. My back was so bad for 2 months after I only got out of bed to go to the bathroom. I had it down to where I would only have to get up 3-4 times in 24 hours. I also lost 20 pounds the first month after the idet. I had a few days where I couldn't bare the thought of even trying to sit down on the toliet so I took off my robe and got in the shower to pee. I still have to sit only in chair that have 2 arms on them so I can use them to get up and down. Just plain walking was a killer also, like I said 2 months straight in bed and 3 pain blocks later and now I am heading for pain management. I would never ever have another idet done.