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Old 02-15-2012, 03:05 PM   #11
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Re: degerative disc disorder

And/or your doctor, PT of course
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Old 02-15-2012, 04:18 PM   #12
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Re: degerative disc disorder

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Not interested in surgery at all. Going in to get educated and my prognosis. I have a large herniated disc causing S1 nerve root irritation. My issues are all neurogenic and this is going on for 3 months now.

Symptoms are not necessarily getting better nor worse. But I am at a steady state now where it is all residual nerve-related pain.
You need someone well versed in rehab, not surgery. The surgeon will likely have very very little to offer you in regard to conservative treatment. His tool is a knife ...
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:54 PM   #13
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You need someone well versed in rehab, not surgery. The surgeon will likely have very very little to offer you in regard to conservative treatment. His tool is a knife ...
Megan from Sara's other posts she has a large herniated disc at L5-S1 with weakness in her ankle when she walks and numbness into her foot...
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:45 PM   #14
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Megan from Sara's other posts she has a large herniated disc at L5-S1 with weakness in her ankle when she walks and numbness into her foot...
I did not know that information. That being said, a spine surgeon will likely want to perform surgery, and she did say she was not interested in surgery. A rehabilitative specialist who deals with this sort of problem would probably be more helpful for her.
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:16 PM   #15
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Does anyone understand why nerve pain is worse during inclement weather? It has been bad this week because of weather and I notice that compared to last week, my nerve pain is pretty bad.

Although I am not interested in surgery, I don't have most people's reservations about surgeon's just because it is "what they do". If his goal is to convince me that I am a candidate for surgery, then my goal in this meeting is to convince him that I am not. I have prepared notes this week, listing my current symptoms, my concerns, my treatment options, etc. I will discuss all points with him.

And believe me, for the past 2.5, almost 3 months, since I can't excercise my muscles, I have spent quite a bit of time excercising my brain about this issue. From reading Stuart McGill's book to non-invasive treatment options, and so forth.

This is not the first time I have had a herniated disc. My first one was back in Jan 2010 and this is a reinjury...and it sure came back with avengience! Statistics say that once you have herniated a disc, you will most likely will reinjure within 5 years. Correct me if I am wrong.

I will ask the surgeon to take a look at both MRI at the meeting as well.
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:35 PM   #16
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And I will tell you why I don't think I am a good candidate for surgery.


As far as conservative treatments go, the first month of my injury, I was on high dose oral steroid. Narcotics(hydrocodone, oxycodone, tramadol) did nothing for nerve pain, but it helped take the edges off so I could at least get a decent night sleep.

Gabapentin, I was too impatient with it and gave up on it too early in to notice a difference in controlling my nerve pain.

Muscle relaxers did nothing but made me drowsy and sleepy. I tried 4 different ones.

Because I have exhausted all of this, the only thing left was treating the inflammation directly at the source. So far I have gone through 1 round of epidural steroid injection. I have also had 8 sessions of physical therapy.

With PT and the epidural injection, my pain, most importantly is centralized at piriformis area and back. No back pain, but the burning sensation is annoying. The numbness is also centralized at the piriformis.

I am now able to walk on my toes with both left and right foot without my left heal "dropping". But I can't do left my toes without weakness in the affected left leg. No numbness anymore on left foot(lateral).

I read that centralization of pain means your disc is starting to deal. Right, Dr. Rockett?


PS- And sorry for taking over the thread. Since I have gone through 2 disc injuries already, I hope that you at least learn from me if you have similar symptoms and MRI impressions.

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Old 02-16-2012, 10:13 PM   #17
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Re: degerative disc disorder

I had the same problem for 2 years. Back pain that burned, couldn't bend over, couldn't lift anything, couldn't sleep due to the pinched nerves. I spent countless hours stretching my hamstrings and getting adjusted. I had no disk left between L5/S1. Was diagnosed with DDD. I watched all my lifts go down in weight, but was determined to find a way to fix my back. Being that I was only 26 I was not going to have surgery. It got so bad that I ended up with an 80% slip in the spine. I broke down and had surgery. Best decision of my life. It's taken a year to feel 100% again, but all my lifts are getting better and I have no pain. If you aren't a candidate for surgery I suggest a good PT. I waited so long to get fixed that my brain stopped communicating with the nerves in my back. I still have to do my exercises to force the communication. You can always PM me if you have questions on anything.
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Old 02-16-2012, 10:28 PM   #18
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And you are still lifting? I love CrossFit. But I battle back and forth if I should go back or not.

This has been an ordeal and I never want to reinjure it a 3rd time. I will also ask for nerve tests to see if I have done permanent damage. My L4-L5 is also dessicated. Means it's on its way to losing cushion and no more space.
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I'll keep you guys updated. Surgeon visit is 2/21.

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Old 02-17-2012, 09:24 PM   #19
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And you are still lifting? I love CrossFit. But I battle back and forth if I should go back or not.

This has been an ordeal and I never want to reinjure it a 3rd time. I will also ask for nerve tests to see if I have done permanent damage. My L4-L5 is also dessicated. Means it's on its way to losing cushion and no more space.
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I'll keep you guys updated. Surgeon visit is 2/21.
Sara,

I'm really looking forward to hearing about how the meeting with the surgeon goes. You are a very very educated patient. I'd love to meet you!! Good for you for learning about this. Such an empowering knowledge to have.
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Old 02-19-2012, 06:42 AM   #20
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