Spinal Surgery
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March 16th, 2009 | by admin |

 


Something Good About Spine Surgery

By Francisco Mejias

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Spine Surgery was found a more effective treatment for degenerative spondylolisthesis with spinal stenosis than were non-surgical methods according to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Surgery is commonly used as a treatment for degenerative spondylolisthesis with spinal stenosis. There has been controversy regarding it’s effectiveness in comparison with non-surgical methods.



Degenerative spondylolisthesis is a condition in which breakdown of the cartilage between the vertebrae of the spine causes one vertebra to slip over the one below. This can result in narrowing of the spinal column — spinal stenosis, which places pressure on the nerves, resulting in pain in the buttocks or legs while walking or standing.

This study tracked 370 patients who received a type of surgery known as decompressive laminectomy and 235 who received non-surgical treatments like physical therapy, steroid injections and analgesic medications. These patients were tracked over the course of two years. This trial showed a significant advantage to surgery at 3 months, which decreased only slightly over the course of the two years in terms of mobility and the return of pain.

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  1. 72 Responses to “Spinal Surgery”

  2. By Collette

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    on Mar 28, 2009
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    I had a fusion of L5-S1 six years ago for spondylolisthesis. Because the pain got worse the surgeon decoded to remove the hardware. I just found out my fusion has slipped about 1/2 inch forward according to the x-rays, this is after having a Mylogram last year that showed bony fragments down at the base of my spine which was attributed to the nerve pain all the way odwn to my feet. Has anyone else had the hardware removed after a fusion in this type situation?

  3. By geri

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    on Apr 13, 2009
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    what are the effects of cervical spine surgery on the elderly

  4. By geri

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    on Apr 13, 2009
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    effects of spinal surgery on the elderly

  5. By Barb on May 14, 2009

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    Anyone know if a GEL CAN BE INJECTED INTO THE DISKS TO PLUMP THEM UP? THEY USE THIS IN KNEES!!!!!!!!!

  6. By Beth on Jul 2, 2009

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    i recently had an MRI on my entire back and spine. Today they called and requested me to come back in for more imaging as the radiologist would like pictures of my thoracic spine as well. I already have problems with a couple of herniated discs as well as scoliolsis and arthritis in my back. They originally told me two years age that i have two herniated discs in my lower back but due to my sister having unsuccessful back surgery ( a plate and 4 screws) not to mention they would like to put a rod all the way up to her neck, but the metal(from the plate & screws) has grown into her bone along with a bone spur. Her doector expleined to her that if she were to do theat she dould become paralyzed (not a good outcome)! I’ve lived with this for years and have used prescription meds but i’m at the point i will do anything because i can’t stand the PAIN any longer and the meds only help temporarily. I’m wondering if anyone has had any of the same systems or problems I’m having? Any answers would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time!!

  7. By TOM on Jul 2, 2009

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    > Hi Beth..Wow! I really do not recommend anyone to have extensive back surgery unless you cannot walk or stand! Their is not a day that goes by hat I regret having extensive back fusion surgery with hardware! I have spend over a year trying to help relieve my pain/numbness! I hate going to the doctor anymore. I feel the vibes he does not really care regarding my pain/numbness issues and he hates dealing with workman`s comp.
    I pray everyday that I wake up not pain/numbness or I pray that it time for God to home!

  8. By andrew on Jul 6, 2009

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    Hi Tom,

    Can you tell me what happened after your surgery? My wife is being advised to have the same surgery. Removing one spine which causes the ailment and then putting 4 screws and a plate at her spine.

    She can still walk but there are times that her knees get weak and she trips off and cannot get up for several minutes due to her slip disc. More often she cannot getup on her own. I have to lift her in a certain manner so she can stand.

  9. By Lori on Jul 8, 2009

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    Hello Everyone. I many years ago hmmm 30 some years ago. I was diagnosed with curvature of the spine and long story short had a 14 inch herrington rod fused to the inside of my spine. well a couple of years ago I noticed my right leg was going numb and I was limping alot and my hip was hurting alot. I had the shots into my nerves only 2 times couldnt take it no more. went to see a local spine doctor. Luv him to pc’s he told along with the nerve doctor I had a buldging disc and it had been pinching a nerve and I needed a fushion. Well the bar I had in there sense I was 14 the fushion then never took. my my lower lumbar 4 and 5 were almost kissing one another. surgery this Jan of 09 and wow dont want to have to go through that again. ended up 6 inches of my herrington rod came off because it was in the way of the not 1 but ended up being 2 fushions. spent 5 days in hospital. I was just released for a whole year. I still have the stiffness sometimes. and I dont like to walk on on even ground. and never can manage the stairs the normal way yet. my right leg is so weak and it just hurts. But I do feel for all of you. And Im just very pleased with the outcome and just keep hoping and praying it gets better as the days go on………..

  10. By Lori on Jul 8, 2009

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    Barb. My Doctor injected some kind of fluid inbetween mine. along with the fushions……..

  11. By Lori on Jul 8, 2009

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    Tom, I sure hope God heals you. I know it isnt fun. Just keep praying……..

  12. By Doris on Jul 19, 2009

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    How do I care for a person after they have had a spinal cord stimulator placed ?…i.e. changing the bandages,if they can sit up, what symptoms do I watch for? More less what would be the treatment plan ?

  13. By keren laurent

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    Has anyone had a spine stimulator implanted or know anyone who has? By the way, those of you who have a searing horrendous pain after surgery at other than the site; you should ask about (or look up – the Mayo Clinic site) for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

  14. By Don on Jul 27, 2009

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    Hello!All
    I recently had a spinal fussion l4 an l5
    had herinated the pain radiated down both
    legs!I was trued of the pain each day!I had
    the fussion i don!t have the same pain!
    Iam prayig to God to help!You must have faith
    in God!I never ever want surgery again!If
    thats neccessary take me home!!Don

  15. By Brandy on Jul 29, 2009

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    I am 27 with digenerative disk disease and in August of 2005 they gave me two years before I needed surgery to continue walking. It has been almost 4 years and the pain and mobility has gotten a great deal more intense. I am scared about this. At what point did you decide to have your surgery?

  16. By Mike on Jul 31, 2009

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    For anyone who has posted a comment on this site and is suffering with disc herniations/bulges, degenerative discs, facet syndrome, stenosis, arthritis or even scoliosis, you have to understand the inherent risk involved with any spinal surgery. Anytime you have a surgical fusion(with or without hardware) or a laminectomy, your surgeon is not treating the problem…only a symptom of your problem. The herniated/degenerated/damaged disc is your problem! Not the bony structures surrounding it. That is why the greatest risk for having a second spinal surgery is HAVING A 1ST SPINAL SURGERY!!! Because the surgeon does not treat the disc, and it CONTINUES TO DEGENERATE!!! The only proven treatment to reducing pressure and rehydrating degenerative/herniated discs is non surgical spinal decompression!!! I have treated numerous people that have gone through the agonizing suffering that many or you have discussed in prior posts…and the simple fact is you DO NOT have to live in pain. There is no reason your back pain should be any different. It is a pain free treatment that only requires 5-8 weeks of your time, and a little effort on your part after treatment following our recommendations. It is drug free, pain free, and the cost is less than 1/15th of surgery. If you would like an information packet or to schedule a free consultation to see if you qualify for this breakthrough type of treatment, please email your contact information to Amarchirocenter@gmail.com

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    , and we will respond withing 24 hours. I’m so sure I can help that I can GUARANTEE your satisfaction, because there are only a small percentage of people we can’t help. And I will let you know if you are not right for the treatment. There is hope…please contact us for more information.

  17. By Melissa on Aug 6, 2009

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    Do you still have hardware in your back? My husband had a three level disk fusion 2 years ago. He is still in constant pain. Now, they want to take the hardware out. He is having to leave his job. When a man has worked all his life doing physical labor, what is there to do now? I see him getting more and more depressed. Any advice?

  18. By Lisa on Aug 10, 2009

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    One week from now i’m going in for decompression and diskectomy in my lumbar spine. My doctor said this is a quick fix and I really need a 3 level fusion but because of my age (45) he doesn’t want to do it – he said that i might not work again. I’m happy with his decision and hope that my surgery is not too bad.

  19. By CHRISTY on Aug 10, 2009

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    HI The surgeon also wants to remove my spinal fusion hardware (4 screws) after increasing pain since operation (Dec 2008); Do u think this is what is continuing to cause my nerve damage pain/numbness/ache/tingling/pulling & pinching?

  20. By Joanne on Aug 12, 2009

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    Hi Lisa (Aug. 10),
    I’m wondering why your age should influence your doctor’s decision to NOT perform spinal fusion? I am 46 yrs. old and am having spinal fusion next month. I have consulted with about 6 different specialists (neurosurgeons, orthopaedic surgeons & a spine specialist at Yale) and all agreed that if I didn’t have the fusion, I would most likely be back within the year needing the fusion. Once the ligaments and everything is removed from the disc space, there is not a lot left to support the spine. Have you had a 2nd opinion? I don’t see how you can be happy with his “decision” knowing that you might not be able to work again! I hope you know that the doctor should only be giving you his professional opinion; the final decision is yours! Good luck!

  21. By Joanne on Aug 12, 2009

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    Does anyone know if being on DEPOT-LUPRON (for endometriosis) interferes with the BONE HEALING process after a spinal fusion with bone graft?

    Thanks! :)

  22. By Chris on Aug 12, 2009

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    Tom, Where in your back was the surgery? I’m so sorry you have trouble. I had spinal fusion in my cervical and have been pain free since. I couldn’t have asked for better results.

    Don, are you saying that you still have pain?

  23. By Chris on Aug 12, 2009

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    Anyone know anything about a laminectomy done for someone with cysts on the spine? I have 4 cysts on my sacral spine affecting my bladder, bowels, leg, and toes. I have my third opinion this Friday and don’t know what I’ll do after that. There are a handful of doctors in the U.S. who work on these, but I just wondered if you have heard of this. It’s speculation that the cysts are due to a leak during a lumbar puncture. ??? Thanks! I wish all of you less pain.

  24. By Bonnie

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    Hello..My daughter is the one facing spinal-fusion surgery. She is scheduled for the end of August. While, I do alot of praying about this, I would like some opinions since I’m divorced. She was born physically, mentally, verbally-challenged. She has uncontrollable seizures, and she has a severe case of scoliosis. She is 16 years old. I don’t know if this will relieve her discomfort..make it worse, or even kill her. The doctor said if left untreated, she would eventually have her heart and lungs crushed. I just don’t know. The doctor said it was more difficult with someone who also has a neurological problems..greater chance of complications. Replies would be appreciated. Thank you..B.

  25. By Chris

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    All,

    See the recent spot below from “The Doctors” that was on this week regarding disk surgery. After you get to the site scroll down to Chronic Back Pain. Click on the topics within this information for some very good information. This gives us hope. The doc, Ian Anderson is in California.

    http://www.thedoctorstv.com/main/show_synopsis/297?section=synopsis

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    Chris in SC

  26. By Chris on Aug 14, 2009

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    I had a visit today with a 3rd neurosurgeon for a 3rd opinion on having surgery for my sacral spine cysts (Tarlov cysts). I was comfortable with him…better than the first two. He thinks I have a 50/50 shot at having some relief. After 3 years of grief I’m going for it. The cysts affect my bladder, my bowels, and everything from the middle of my butt down to the inside of my thigh is numb. In addition, my right leg is restless and aches, and I have neuropathy in my feet. :( (( I have to have trust in my doctor. I’m a Christian, so I have faith in God. I got through massive chemo and bone marrow transplant for leukemia 3 years ago, so I have to have faith that this will work, too. And, my friends and family are very supportive.

    Have faith that you will have the best care possible. Do your homework. Get 2nd and 3rd opinions. I was so confused before today, when a doctor looked me in the eye and said he would try to help me. The first two seemed a bit nervous. You just get that gut feeling.

    May you be blessed in making the right decision for you. I wish all of you much hope and prayers for successful procedures. My motto is, “Never Give Up!” A positive outlook is half the battle…I know from experience. I am not ready to expire; I live to help others with their cancer journey.

  27. By Archie L. Doddo on Aug 17, 2009

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    Hi, Back pain people. Im 72 years old, my doctor diagnosid my problem as stenosis lumbar. He wants to fuse L3-5 lamunitomy L3-5. Need comments!!! Im not to sure about this, rather live with the pain. Matter of fact i just received two stents for 90% blocked artery. Feel pretty good after that. Please respond. Thanks Arch.

  28. By terri on Aug 24, 2009

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    my 11 year old had spinal fusion surgery aug. 5 and is well on her road to recovery-if u want to talk email me at terri3485@gmail.com

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  29. By carolyn on Sep 15, 2009

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    Hey guys i am new at this and trying like hell to put together all the info i can find and help from you guys would be greatly appreciated. i am looking for info on stem cell surgery on spinalcord injury. My friend is a parapelegic and we are looking into stem cell surgery. i am looking for any site i can download research and your comments will help me tremendously with all we have to do. He is using his own stem cells and hopefully knowing that portugal has the best success rate around will be walking assisted or unassisted would be better. Please let me know if you have any info and know where we can research this. my name is carolyn and miabemine4@yahoo.com

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    is my email. ty so much for reading this.

  30. By Don on Sep 15, 2009

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    Hello!All
    I would like to share a success story i had
    a fussion L4 an L5 were herinated!Causing servere pain each day!I decided to have surgery
    it is a blessing that Iam not in pain eachday!
    I still have some pain yet it!s not the pain
    in both legs!!!You must have faith,because
    with-out it nothing works out well!Have faith
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  31. By Dawn on Sep 28, 2009

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    Hi Keren,

    About a year ago, I had the spinal stimulator trial placed in my lower back. No matter how much I adjusted the electrical impulse levels, I could NOT stand it! Every time I spoke above a whisper, coughed, laughed, etc, it was SO painful. I think I now know what a dog with a shock collar feels like! I know it works for some people, but it did not work for me. When I went back to my doctor after the week-long trial, I BEGGED him to take it out immediately. I am now waiting to have a multi-level disc fusion, which is scary, but I would NEVER have the spinal cord stimulator permanently implanted. I hope this helps!!

  32. By Lamanda on Oct 5, 2009

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    Hi,
    To anyone who is reading this. My son was born with this and has been diagnosed by a Genetics spec and a Bone spec. at the age of 1 yr old. He has an abnormality of the spine. His spinal bones are shaped liked bullets in the center of his back so his spine curves out of his back such like a (hunchback). After a year of x-rays and doctor visits every three months, they named it, Spondylolysis Dysplasia Type: Kyphosis. According to the bone specialist, if we don’t do surgery within 6-12 months after he turns 2yrs old, his spinal cord will bend like a waterhose and shut-off all curculation from the waste down. He is a walking miracle considering all the medical problems he should have, you would not be able to tell anything was wrong if you didn’t see or feel it.
    If there is anyone out there who can give me some advise, warnings, or anything concerning my son’s situation, I would greatly appreciate it!!! Contact via e-mail wings_faith18@yahoo.com

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    Thanks

  33. By Larry on Oct 12, 2009

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    I just had two X-STOP implants put in my spine and in a matter of days wished I has done it years ago as the pain relief is remarkable and I can actually stand up and walk to the Home Depot store from front to back and out again without the aid of a shopping cart and my legs do no go numb and cause me to have to set and rest to get them under control to get out of the store.

  34. By Julie on Oct 18, 2009

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    Hi all – I had an L5-S1 spinal fusion on October 1 which took 10 1/2 hours due to the curvature of that portion of my spine. My back feels much better and my leg pain is gone, but I have “positional numbness” in various parts of my body, especially my right arm, due to laying in one position for so long during the surgery. I’m concerned about this as not only is my arm numb, but it aches, like a deep muscle pain as well. My surgeon said it should improve but we’re watching it. Has anyone had this problem post surgery before? My left armpit and one half of my crotch area are also numb. Thank you!

  35. By Denise on Oct 22, 2009

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    Hi Chris, I too have a tarlov cyst but was shocked to see it on the MRI as it never caused any pain and it is 2.5 cm big and the doc says that is very large as I am only 90 lbs. It was there 2 years ago but my concern now is the herniated disc pain I have been having since the chiropractor adjusted me 3 months ago causing constant sciatic pain and you can feel this big lump in the lower part of my spine now and the tarlov cyst is in the sacrum so you can’t feel it. Did you have your surgery for your cyst? hope it was successful and that you are pain free. I’m seeing the surgeon for removal of mine or just an injection to drain it and then close it off with fibrin clue. Are you aware of this procedure? My main concern now is this herniated disc as that is the cause of this severe pain. People out there, don’t get adjusted if you have a disc buldge, herniated disc or even an annular or radial tear. You will end up worse. I unfortunately did.

  36. By joseph on Nov 6, 2009

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    I would have to back Denise up on seeing a chiropractor with these back problems. I myself have stenosis and a bulging disc along with Pars Defect which the Dr said is striations of cartilage in the vertebrae. At 17, I suffered bi-lateral stress fractures in my L4 and the Dr offered for a spinal fussion which I denied and opted to let it heal on it’s own. Before I was diagnosed, however, i saw a chiropractor to get adjusted as everyone said it was growing pains. LOL, I knew I had bigger problems but I tried it. My Orthopedic Dr told me I did more harm than good having weekly back adjustments. I have been through many doctors and tried many many things to ease the pain, numbness, tingling, legs falling asleep…etc. Stay with it and go with your instinct, as it is your body and no one knows it better than you. Sometimes it takes not taking no for an answer as well. Be sure to research your symptoms and tell everything, i know I just listened to all those telling me the pain was in my head or not so bad but I had enough of it and I’m finally with the Dr’s that I believe will help me the most. Today, I had my 2nd cortizone epideral which I hope takes away the rest of the pain I was still experiencing after my 1st shot. Keep your chin up and keep on moving forward even though it seems hopeless at times, THERE IS HOPE!

  37. By John on Nov 20, 2009

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    I was told 6 yrs ago I had degenerative Disk Disease.I had surgery and it DID NOT help,it actually made things worse.I recently had to have another surgery due to a tumor on my spine-that was pressing against nerves.And within 30 days I had to have another one. Due to he spinal fluid sack getting tore.As it did after the firs surgery 6 yrs ago.
    But this time I got a infection due to surgery-and I now keep a dizzy headache,and have no energy. I wished I had of just dealt with things and NOT of had surgery!!! If anyone is told they need back surgery- – Please think long and hard before u consent to it.Sometimes dealing with things is eaaier than dealing with the after effects.

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    I AM 51,HAD BACK SURGERY,15-20YRS AGO,PAIN LEVEL DID DECRESS.NOW IT’S BACK,FEELS LIKE IT DID BEFORE,I take vicoden 3 times a day,if I STOP TAKING THEM ,I stop doing normal things,walking to store,1/2 mile takes 1hr.I have to stop walking,my right leg gets tighter and if Idont stop ,even on meds ,pain level go’s to the moon.and I can’t feel my right foot,all I feel is burning,lighting bolts down r-leg.I’m no longer a laborer,depress,bored ,the doctors have told me I need surgery again ,I DON’T WANT IT.IFEEL BAD ENOUGH,I sure don’t,want to feel worse.I’m going to tell my doctor,I HOPE HE KEEP’S ME ON MED’S.I allmost feel normal,that’s all I want,not that I want to take med’s,never did.but they do help.the pain make’s you feel like giving up,but my heart say’s, never I wish you all the best.

  39. By Lori on Nov 28, 2009

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    I had my back surgery when I was 42.The surgery was a failure and affected my L4-5 disc worse, my L leg and foot. 5 Injections for neuropathy in my foot which did no good, (this year). Now I’m trying to find some good shoes so I can walk. The foot Dr, twice this year, has prescribed ortho shoes for the neuropathy which the injections DID NOT WORK. Why is he even prescribing these damn things? Wish I had opted for the surgery for that. I keep telling those damn drs the shoes are hurting my back worse, the drs aren’t connecting the two. Crap. So when I can, I am trying to find some shoes on my own so I can at least get some walking in. Did I mention I fially got back on some vicodin about 3 months ago. going to pain dr next week for more injections, have had 14 this year in the back, and 5 in the foot, all since March. Last year I was able to at least shovel the snow off my deck, and now my T’s and C’s are curving and are all out of whack. Pain is spreading throughout my entire spine really quick. MRI’s up the kazzoo are showing up all kinds of things I’ve got to look up yet, as I don’t trust drs anymore in what they tell me is going on. I’ve had it up to my eyeballs with all of them! I’m a very independent person, and really am taking this hard. ALOT of others stressers in my life as well. I know that doesn’t help. Been on antidepressants, mood stabilizers and tranquilizers for years. So yes, the pain definately makes you feel like giving up, but I’m a fighter and will not stop pursuing an answer and some help from this pain. Like I said, I am seriously considering Mayo Clinic. The pain dr I have now will do the paperwork for me to get up there. Problem is the ride up there.
    So Steve, are they recommending another surgery in the same area or is this problem with your R leg something new? You didn’t mention if the surgery was to be in the same area or not…

  40. By Lori on Nov 28, 2009

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    Archie-I would really really think twice or three times about this surgery!!! Get a second or third opinion, even if you have to pay out of pocket! That blog of yours really scared me. My Dad is 87 with CHF and we went to Mayo Clinic, you might even consider this. With your heart problems you REALLY need to give alot of thought about a back surgery. Especially if your not having any numbness or tingling in your arms or legs! Blog back and let me know whats going on, please….

  41. By lety on Dec 16, 2009

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    i have had two L5 S1 disc surgery, they removed the bulging disc but, i have not had any relief, i am now scheduled to have L5-S1 spinal fusion and I´m so scared, I don´t want to have it, I haven´t had any success with the other two surgeries and I just don´think this one will help, I don´t know if I want to live with the pain and the misery of not being able to do anything myself, I can´t even sweep with out having to deal with terrible back and leg pain. it´s been almost two years that I can´t sleep through the night due to the back pain.
    what do you guys suggest, I need some advice please.

  42. By Larry HaasJr on Dec 17, 2009

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    lety I feel for you and it is scary. In 1991 I woke up at 2 am coughed and blew L4-L5 down my spinal column for 3 and a half days I was paralized until the Doctor could operate and all he had to do was go in and pull the disc out of my spine. But he informed me that L5-S1 was bad. In Apr of 2002 L5-S1 gave out. Here is the scary part I live in Palm Springs you think great Doctors, #&*!# I said much worse. At 6:30 am will waiting for my enima My Doctor calls gives me a bunch of doctor talk which I did not understand I said I guess all leave it up to you , your the doc. He had 3 other surgens in helping him and they put me on a table which turned round and round they spent 6 hrs on the back side then rolled me and then 6 hrs on the front. 2 months later I asked why can’t I have and orgasm he said well if you have one within a year ok if not sorry. They put titanium rods 6-3 in screws and a whole lot of cadaver bone oh ya and 2 metal disc. I was not told any of this now I live with total depression and permanent disability. It’s scary but please make sure there gonna do what they say. I hate ppl who sue but if I could I would take him to the cleaners. No life no sex life and daily pain. That was 7 yrs ago I’m 52 now. I really do wish you the best of luck. Larry

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    I am a patient of Dr. Charles Talbert and his associates in Birmingham, Alabama. On 12/3 after trying the pain blocks, exercises and a host of other ‘cures’ I had surgery. I can tell you that if you want an excellent surgeon in Alabama, choose Dr. Charles Talbert. Before surgery, I could not move (sit, stand, walk) without extreme pain. After surgery, I have less pain and can comfortably walk, stand and sit IF I don’t overdo. I’m pretty limited to 2 hours or so of ability to stand, sit or walk at any one time. But the goal, was pain relief and a way for the nerves to heal. I feel in time, this will improve as I heal but I think it will take more than 20 days to happen. When I try to do normal household duties, I’m in pain but the pain is much, much less. Dr. Talbert did a wonderful job and I believe my future is bright.

  44. By Brad on Jan 15, 2010

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    I feel for every single one of you with back pain and failed surgeries… When I turned 21 years old I herniated my disc at the L5-S1 level, had surgery.. Long story short, I’ve had a fusion done at the L5-S1 level in 1998 and 16 more surgeries on my back.. I now am looking at a fusion on my L4-L5 level.. That will put me at a total of 18 back surgeries and I am now 36 years old.. Trust me, the pain has not gone away, and I think it never will.. I am a walking pharmacy on some very heavy narcotic pain meds. and they are not working anymore either.. So to all that think surgery will help, sorry to burst your bubble, but surgery is not always the answer.. Oh yes I forgot, I had a spinal cord stimulator in also, and after the 4th time of the leads moving and breaking, they put a paddle in for the 5th try, and that caused a blood clot that paralized me for 3 days until they got all the blood to drain… So, yes, my experiences with multiple failed back surgeries, PLEASE really consider having any type of surgery done on your back.. Thank you all for reading my post, and good luck to all.. God Bless… Brad

  45. By mark hopkins on Jan 21, 2010

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    I, like Joseph, have had one lumbar epidural steroid injection for leg pain (not sciatica)! It was for a pinched nerve from foramenil stenosis. My relief was immediate but now six days later I am experiencing pain in my lower back and calf again. The doctor said it can take ten to forteen days for complete effect, so I have to wait and see what happens.

  46. By Russ Pease

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    I had surgery in august and i am realy disapointed. I work in the hvac field and heavy lifting is part of the job. I amalso 50 and have chrone’s disease and can’t take any aspin type drugs . I go back to dr on tuesday and the most i am able to bear is about 2/3 hours on my feet. I have been doing pt 3 times a week and also on my off days.I just don’t know what to due my work will not allow to take any pain meds, which realy don’t work well due to 3/4 of my intestance are gone. i have gotten very depressed about my future, I don’t want to be sitting home the rest off my life. I have learned through my surgerys with chrone’s that a postive mind makes a big plus in recovery. but after ready these storys that it will be a long and hard road to get better. i just keep praying to god every day and just take one day at atime.

  47. By constance majewski on Feb 19, 2010

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    Does anyone know a good surgeon with goo results in the Olahoma City area?
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  48. By constance majewski on Feb 19, 2010

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    Does anyone know a good surgeon with good results in the Olahoma City area?
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  49. By jeff bowman on Feb 19, 2010

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    i feel for you and the others with back and neck issues.I am 50 yr old male have had 4 failed back surgeries last one march 09 axia-lif do not have this my dr. talked me into this was a good salesman wanting to now remove screws and put in different one and fuse another disk also disk issue at midback with spursdr. wanting to fix this one but no guarantee this will work either frustated depressed and trying to hold down job.I had also checked out these laser spine centers very expensive and they dont take insurance they say i am out of network and my neurosurgeon says to not fool with these places either pray thet everyone out there with back and neck issues can find relief.

  50. By lorraine poyer

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    I had 2 lamectamies in 40 days I’m now in constant pain foot drop my leg doesn’t function I’m worse and I can’t function like a normal person can’t sit stand walk I can lye down for short periods Please do not get surgery on yoour spine I very rarely come across anyone who has anything good to say about it. I’ts a horrible way to live on pills 24-7 and that doesn’t always help O and I fall alot it’t made my knees give out frequently. unless you can’t walk don’t do it. The depression adds to everything. please think hard about what you need to do you don’t want to be worse………

  51. By jeff on Feb 26, 2010

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    I need some kind advice of what I should do.I’m a 39yr old male that did not know I had neck problems, in Oct 09 I hurt myself at work; woke up four days later on a Sunday with unbearable neck pain, went emerg. rm. on a Tues Doctor said a wry? neck? if I don’t feel any better in a week, go to my regular doct. and I did to a PA was only one I could get in with told her I needed a MRI and an apt with a specialist that specialize in spine/neck.The MRI show I had early stages of cervical mytholopy, degeneration,herniated disk in c3-4 and c6-7.She told me I was lucky that I have not cut my spinal cord in half?That was kinda of scary when she told me that,I’m trk driver/ltl Del always been that way since I was 18 yrs doing I guess a hard labor type job.anyway It was a workers-comp cs till now. I went to a EME APT. 3000 miles away from I worked/live at about a week ago from today,now according to the
    EME doct. I was released for regular work the same day.Now my doct. says i can only lift 5# occasionally to 1# frequently no overhead work and squatting or bending a month ago.Now since I found this out I have a surgery date in about 30 days to fuse c6-7 even though the surgeon says we should fuse the whole neck,but since I’m so young its really not feasible to do it.Personally I prefer not to have some stranger cut into the front of neck too some type fusion and not guarantee me that I will not me in pain,but on the other hand I know if I don’t have surgery I will always be in constant pain for the rest of my life with no source of income and with the surgery I still don’t know what kind of work I can do.With all that B/S said anyone have any suggestion or opinion they like to give?I’m sure I left alot out of this frustrated male that has no idea what to do.Thank you for opinion and suggestion,and god bless every man,women, and child on this world.

  52. By Mary on Mar 7, 2010

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    I have had a lot of back pain and after many epidural injections into my muscles and spine I decided to have the new XSTOP procedure which put a stop between the discs to open it up and free pinched nerves. After 12 weeks I am still in pain – the sciatic nerve is inflammed and it is creating pain across both sides of my buttocks and down the tail bone. It goes down the back of both legs to my knees and I hate to get out of bed or walk because it hurts so bad!! Even passing gas and having a bowel movement hurts but is a relief once they’ve passed. After injections, heat, cold, oxycodone, muscle relaxers every 6 hours, and
    steroid packs of predisone I’m still very distressed and cry a lot. I’m told by the surgeon’s PA to be patient – my patience is wearing out. I ask how long before the pain goes away? “Be Patient, you’re half way there!” IF THE PAIN DOESN’T GO AWAY, WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP?

  53. By Mary

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    What is the results for other people who have had this procedure done?

  54. By Mary Mullins

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    What is the results for other people who have had this procedure done? No one ever tells me that.

  55. By mike on Mar 9, 2010

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    has anyone sued a doctor after a failed back surgery in texas and won my doc told me after surgery you will be able to go back to work that was 11 months ago and now im worst than before and have lost my job. Thanks for any information.

  56. By John on Mar 22, 2010

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    Everyone please try to spell and word check your comments. Having pain does not mean you shouldn’t write correct sentences.

  57. By John on Mar 22, 2010

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    I sympathize but type complete and correct sentences so we can understand you please.

  58. By Sherry on Mar 24, 2010

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    Dear John, I had my neck fused 15 years ago and then I had to have a second surgery for neck spurs 7 years ago. Now I have severe nerve damage and I am on social security disability. The last year the pain in my neck and spine has been severe. If I had it to do over ,I would not have had the surgery. Please get a second opinion before getting neck surgery. You make sure the doctor is board certified and has many years experience. I had lost use of my left arm when I got my neck surgery. C4 c5 and c6 are fused in my neck. I cannot turn my neck much now and I am having choking problems and severe neck stiffness. I will pray for you and God bless! You check and see if there is any lazier procedures that they can do on your neck. This is a lot less trauma to your body. I am going to have lazier surgery on my back. I will never get anything else fused in my body. Sherry

  59. By DILLINGER on Apr 3, 2010

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    hi archie,

    i’d get a couple of more opinions, before doing anything. at 72, most any type of surgical procedure could be a risk. and the arterial issues are a concern as well. see what gets spelled out after the next couple of opinions, and go from there. info is king and the more info you get to work with, the better. good luck buddy! hang in there…

  60. By will

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    I had a lamenectomy on L3 in 1991 after a work related injury,well it did not work ,but I did continued to work. I continued to have serious back pain after abusing my back by working to hard hours, I was taking Darvocet to take the very tiny edge off my pain. Well I started to see another Dr., and he found a protruding disc L5 s-1. Well he did a fusion on that level and it did work fine, but he found my ball of my left hip and did total left hip surgery that did fine. But two months later I had a car accident, I was rear ended. Which caused my discs from L5 s-1 to level 4. He did a procedure called intra- discal electralmagnetic therapy. What that was as he explained, it was a very painful I later found during the procedure. It was like an endoscopy very little sedation. He had to do insert the needle into the disc and burn the disc for 17 minutes. The procedure was done three times. I fired the anisthegeologist after the first one. Now I have been diagnosed as having (Failed Back Syndrome). Does that sound right? I’m sorry if I didn’t makes sense. I don’t see that Dr. do you blame me? H’s made my life a living hell. I’m having to take 70mg of oxycodone. I don’t see how people get hooked on that cr*p?

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    I meant 70 mg oxycodone 4-times a day. If you read all that I hope understood that.

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    Hi,I have had vertebra fushion L4/L5 and have had pain ever since,March 2009 – in my right foot-so badly that I was limping most of the time.Now the doc has found out that one of the SIX screws is actually touching the facet nerve and suggestes to remove them.anaesthesizing the facet nerve was successful – I am nearly painfree now.But my lower back burns and is uncomfortable when I sit.Does anyone know the after-effects and risks of neurotomy?????

  63. By Tim McIlhiny

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    I had a very long 7 an a half hour Open spine surgery. A number of operations during this time of 7 an a half hours were used. I had a Lamenectomy, removal of 2 disks, bone graph, posts inserted. It has been about 8 months since my surgery but I feel 98% better. On the pain scale I rate it at 6 instaed of 10 being the highest. I will most likely need to use Medication to control the pain the rest of my life. What ever will help me feel mostly normal is all I care about. The Doctor is very surprised at how well I am doing so shortly after the surgery, which was very complex. I can do almost anything but that is with some pain. Not even half as much as before the surgery but it is still what normal people call a lot of pain. Oh well, look at the pain Jesus went an is going through. I am blessed an I thank God and the people around me for giving me another chance to live right. Have a blessed day anI love you Jesus loves you.

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    I had cortisone injections in my spine 2002, 2004, 2006, a tortoise shell brace, tens machine, etc. Then I had a laminectomy, fusion and metal rods and screws L2 – S1 in Oct 2002. At first it seem a little better – better than after the surgery but I was on really strong pain meds. After a few months I found that everything was worse. L1 herniated and the fusion did not fuse, and even with strong pain meds the pain is unbearable – much worse than before the surgery.

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    I am in desperate need of help. I am 32 and in constant agony from pain in my right leg. In feb an MRI showed a bulging disc between L5 and S1 but I did not start experiancing persistant symptoms until palm sunday when I slipped and twisted my back. I immediately felt a sharp pain run from my back down my right leg and have been in misery ever since. I had a 2nd MRI which showed an annular tear of th disc. I have undergon the steroid injection with very temporary relief. The pain meds are not even helping that much anymore. I have been to the ER 3 times and admitted for 4 days. My leg tremors and jumps from the pain and I can barely put weight on the right leg without pain shooting up into my back. Currently I have to Use a walker in order to go back and fourth to the bathroom because my leg loses feeling and I fall. The pain seems to start in the top portion of the buttockas and runs all the way down to the foot. It is a sharp stabbing pain that radiates down the leg and into the foot. I have numbness in my toes and marked weakness. The surgeon that say me in the hospital refused to even consider doing surgery. Everyday I am in agony the meds are not helping, if I go to ER i get accused of being a drug addict and I am at my wits end. I am an RN and have not been able to work or enjoy much of anything as any activity puts me in agony. Anyone out there who can help or give me some direction I am in agony and don’t know how much more I can take

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    Has anyone had any experience with Dr. Madj in Louisville, KY….surgery was recommended, and I have been sent to see him about it, it scares the heck out of me, but the pain is getting to be too much to handle, and I am worried that surgery may even make it worse, I am 51 years old, Thanks

  67. By valerie on Jun 29, 2010

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    Hello I live in Washington State.
    I have a closed L&I claim,because they say I am fixed and stable.I laugh when the I.M.E said that.I told them you have know idea of how I live,and not able to do normal life duties.
    I have been a CNA for 22 years caring for the sick. And I to lost my job,because I could not perform my duties.
    I am wishing for surgery,to take care of this nasty pain,I have thats going down my left leg and numness that,s in my foot.The L&I Dr. don’t lissen to their pt’s,they only care about saving money for the state.I have paid my dues,now its time they take care of me.Yes they took real care of me,they closed my case.
    Now my Lawyer is taking on the state.Getting a lawyer was the smart thing I ever did.I know someday I will get better,its just I have to be patient.Well its been two years since my accident.And I just want somebody out there in the world,who can give me some hope in this matter.

    Thank you

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  68. By Trish on Jun 30, 2010

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    i had surgery 6 years ago, they removed disc L3 from my spinal canal which was blockin the nerves going into my legs. it took so long to get a dr appt, by that time i was paralyzed in both legs. after the surgery i have gotten the feeling back in the right leg but not the left. 6 years later im still in pain and still no feeling in my leg they want to fuse discs 3-5, and put rods on each side of my spine so i will have more mobility than i do now. i just want to get some opinions of those who had spinal fusion at least a year ago to hear the outcome if its a good idea or bad idea for this second surgery or will i be back in the same position 6 years from now? thanks for ur comments.

  69. By Shell on Jul 2, 2010

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    I too am having problems. I have had fusion of L4-S1 I think :) anyway that was in 2004, The pain was deminiched but never totally gone. Have been on meds ever since. Recent mri indicates cord compression in the central canal with a 8mm diameter.
    I also had the spondlyothsis at l4-l5 which was improved however now has a 1/4 inch slippage. I have seen spine and pain specialists. I am not sure they really listen. I have no idea if I have to have another surgery or not, see the doc next week. I understand the frustrations you are having. I also have had 2 cervical spine surgerys and am fused from c2-c4, c5-c7. surgery was last Jan and I am still in continuios pain. I am seeing a different specialist at the end of July to have a second opinion. My pain is all over the place. I have good days now and then but the are far outweighed by the bad days. I wish you well.

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    I have a consult. w/ a spinal surgeon tomorrow AM<apparently, my spinal stenosis has worsened,as has the degenerative nature of my deg disc disease,needless to say-I am anxiety ridden.Will the surgery correct the damage already done? Will it improve my quality of life? Or stay the same~possibly even worsen? I'm,quite frankly,alone with my anxiety-ridden thoughts,& would really like to hear from ppl that've had this procedure done.Any/All comments & suggestions are welcomed-we're talkin my spine here!!I'm being seen @ HealthEast. Thank-You,in advance. TerryRose

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    Hello. In May of 2008, I had an anterior lumbar fusion on my L-4 L-5 disc. The disc was removed and replaced. The doctor also added rods and screws. I HAVE BEEN IN AGONY EVER SINCE!!!!!!!!!! There is nothing I can do to get relief. I am on strong pain meds, but they barely help me. I live in Selma, Alabama and had the operation in Montgomery, Alabama. The doctor’s name is Mike Davis. AFTER THE SURGERY, HE WANTED NOTHING MORE TO DO WITH ME. It is all I can do just to take a shower every day. I AM IN PAIN 24/7 AND AM AT THE END OF MY ROPE WITH THIS SITUATION. I am only able to sleep just a couple of hours a night and only then with the help of Xanax. My back is much worse and don’t know how much longer I can keep going. I have been to other surgeons hoping to find one to help me, only to be told there is nothing that can be done. Only one dr. said he could do something for me, but he would not even take the time to answer any of my questions. He wants to remove my hardware, but when I tried to ask questions about that I was told in a very rude way to think about it and come back in a month!!! This dr. is in Montgomery also, and his name is Dr. Tim Holt. If anyone can be of any help to me, PLEASE let me know. I just turned 42 years old in July and can’t believe this is to be the rest of my life. I TRULY UNDERSTAND EVERYONE’S PROBLEMS ON THIS SITE, AND HOPE THE BEST FOR EVERYONE!!!!! THANK YOU FOR READING THIS AND GOD BLESS US ALL!! Terry

  72. By Aaron on May 4, 2011

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    My new surgeon told me today I have no disc in S-1 L-5 and 1/3 of a disk in l-4 l-5. S1 is bone to bone contact. Wishing I was dead with that one. Constant pain 24/7.They want to do a fussion by removing both ruptured discs and keep a rod in ther for stability. I hear froma coworker it is a miracle and pain is gone when you wake up cept for the surgery part is sore. How long for recovery after 2 day hospital stay and this procedure? I work on Autocad at work I am hoping to get back to work quick. Is it possible?

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    Hi,every one my name is Malena. I first want to tell you all that my heart goes out to each and every one of you. I believe that there truely are wonderful doctors out there that know what they are doing and can make a real difference in our lives . I too had a spinal fusion to my L5,L4 and I was one of those very lucky people that was left with a brand new back unfortunately that soon ended. I had 4 falls at my job and I am back to where I first started. I recently had an MRI taken of my back it shows that I have 5 bulging disc and I have compresion to my nerve roots on my L3,L4,and L5. It’s been a year since I have worked also It’s a worker’s comp.claim so every step to getting the help or service I need to them is like pulling out there teeth they don’t want to spend any money at all,well that’s beside the point. I still don’t know If im going to have surgery because they don’t want to spend the money. I pray for each and every one of you, please don’t give up. These are our trials and tribulation that test our faith in god and in people. God bless you all. Your friend, Malena

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