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Sorry I haven't been posting. Anyway. I had the nucleoplasty on May 28th. I have had three epidurals. My last one was four weeks ago. I still have alot of leg pain. My L4 dermatome is always tingling to some degree.
The doctor told me that I should get a Laminectomy and a Microdiscectomy. I told him that I would tough it out. I am able to do most things now. I can get in and out of the car with very little increase in pain. So I guess that I am happy. I am wearing the duragesic patch. Maybe thats why I can bear the pain.
I haven't played golf all year. It's pretty sad for me. By now I would have about 80 rounds in. But as you probably know, flexion and rotation is the worst thing I can do to my herniation. I don't know what I am waiting for. Hopefully a new proceedure will be approved that is less invasive than cutting through my spine and removing my herniation. As far as I am concerned, as long as I can walk, I am not taking the risk of getting paralyzed or worse. Hope everyone is doing well.