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back troubles, several

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  • Posted By: favrex
  • February 11, 2007
  • 05:20 PM

ok, I AM LOOKING FOR SOME ADVICE, I HAVE HAD THREE SURGERIES AS STATED BELOW, NOW I AM HAVING TROUBLE WITH MY L-4 DISC, IT IS BULGING AND MY LEFT LEG IS PAINFUL FROM THE BUTT DOWN TO MY TOES, WHICH THEY ARE NUMB ALMOST ALL THE TIME, THE BACK ISNT REALLY SORE, WELL TO TOUCH IT IS, BUT WITH MY OTHER SURGERIES I AM NOT BED RIDDEN, BUT STILL HAVING PAIN, NOW WITHIN THE LAST TWO OR MORE MONTHS MY MIDDLE TO UPPER BACK HAS ACHED LIKE YOU WOULDN'T BELIEVE, I HAVE DDD, LIKE MY FATHER AND OTHER MEMBERS OF OUR FAMILY, AND I WONDER IF THAT IS THE CAUSE, MORNINGS ARE ***l AND I HAVE TO TAKE A PAIN PILL AND MUSCLE RELAXER AND WAIT FOR OVER AN HOUR FOR THE PAIN TO SUBSIDE. NOW THE BULGE, I AM WONDERING IF THIS IS SOMETHING TO WORRY ABOUT, THE NP TOLD ME HE WOULD DO ANOTHER MRI IF I REQUESTED IT, BUT OBVIOUSLY IT IS PUTTING PRESSURE ON MY SPINAL CORD SOMEWHERE, I CAN SEE IT SORT OF, I AM NOT A DOCTOR. BUT MY LAST HERNIATION WENT CLEAR ACROSS MY SPINAL CANAL AND I WAS IN MEDIAL PAIN, WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK? I HAVE TO BACK AND SEE THE DOC IN ABOUT TWO WEEKS, I STILL NEED PAIN MEDS, TAKE THEM ABOUT 2-5 TIMES A WEEK. WHAT DO I TELL HIM? FAVREX

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  • An MRI is a good idea just to check and see how far the bulge is and if it is hitting nerves. From my experience, talking with doctors, and friends with similar situations - it is best to not get surgery for buldging discs if you can stand the pain. More surgeries to remove buldging discs often causes a domino effect where they will keep herinating until there is no disc left. Then the friction of no disc causes a lot of pain also. If the the pain gets too intense at this point and you can't function then you will have to get surgery to remove the buldge off the nerves. If you have any numbness in the groin area or have any trouble going to the bathroom - go immediately to the doctor or ER as this is a serious condition (caudia equina) that can cause serious long term damage. Some folks I know have success with steriod injections or nerve block injections to bulging discs to ease the pain but I have never had success with these treatments. I keep seeing how much acupuncture also helps this also but I haven't tried it yet.
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  • I think I will get another MRI soon, I have to deal with my husbands pacemaker change-over soon. Then I will do that. My doctors NP said the other day, after an exam that hurt..(when doesnt it hurt?) that my rods are working out, my dads did that, He said sometimes peoples bodies see the rods as foreign objects and reject them. after he said all this, my back was still throbbing, I thought good god what did he do? I said how hard did you push? he said not hard why? I said my back is throbbing. and he just pointed at me and said, there, that is why you are a candidate for the removal, thats a symptom of the trouble, It didnt make any sense to me. I want to go see my doctor himself, but he is busy. The NP asked me how I felt about having my rods removed. Actually how do I feel?? Nauseous!! I am afraid that my back will crumble. I havent got any calcium intake and I am convinced that the rods are the only thing holding my back together, and then I also wonder, If they got in there would they see if the other disc is herniated? what would they do? He said with my surgeries and the amount of scar tissue I accumulate that It will be alot of pain just doing that part, and he also said that its a one day thing, It isnt as painful as the fusion, I wouldnt expect it to be. That still doesnt make me feel any better.. what do you think?
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