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Torn Disc

Posted In: Back conditions 14 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 31, 2006
  • 00:28 AM

Hi, I have a tear between two discs/degenerative disc disease as a result of over-training for a marathon. My symptoms began in my leg, and as time went on it concentrated in my lower back, resulting in my current diagnosis. Anyway, I had a cortisone shot a little over a month ago, and I'm still having a good deal of pain, both in my back and my lower leg. I was wondering if anyone either had a similar injury and could share their experience, or if anyone could suggest any other therapies for the injury. I know the shot wasn't supposed to cure my injury but was supposed to mask the pain. Seems it isn't really working. Thanks for the help!

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  • I am a patient of fairly conservative doctors in regards to treatment method. I complained of nerve sensations through my left leg, as well as lower back pain. First, I was sent for an MRI which revealed nerve infringement and two herniated discs. Initially I was given a cortisone injection into the facet joint (no relief), then the same injection into the disc area (again no relief). After exhausting the maximum number of cortisone injections in a year, I was sent to have a nerve test conducted that resulted in no nerve or muscle damage. Finally, with so many misses in diagnosis and no relief from any treatment, including physical therapy, I had a discogram conducted on three discs. This shows two torn discs- the root of my problem! Unfortunately now we're looking at surgery options. Cliff notes: back injuries are difficult to diagnose. Each test and treatment option I had done either concluded that I had no problem, or my symptoms weren't "textbook". Finally, the discogram which is a bit more invasive concluded the situation.
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  • My story is very similar to both of yours; I also have degenerating discs (2) as well as tears and have been through physical therapy, chiropractic care, and many, many injections all of which have failed. I have had this condition for almost 9 years and am a very active 37 who is also a fitness instructor. I also had the discogram which proved exactly what the doctor suspected. We are now awaiting approval from my insurance to have what is called a discoplasty. To my understanding this is the only procedure that will help our pain and unfortunatley is very new in the United States. We are appealing the insurance as it has been denied. Please let me know if anyone can shed some light on this. Thank you.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 15, 2008
    • 05:38 PM
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  • My story is also very similar. I have been dealing with two herniated discs, one of which is torn...as well as bone spurs and sciatica. Today is the worst pain I have had in months. Im not so sure my other herniated disc didnt get torn recently. Mine started out as left hip/leg pain and later lower back pain was added to the problem. I have been through Aquatic Therapy, Physical Therapy, using a tens unit, Prednisone, Naroxyn, Vicodin, Darvocet, and Cortisone, Bupivicaine, & Methylredisolone injections...nothing works. Ive been dealing with severe pain for almost 8 months now. I truly cant imagine people who suffer for years with no surgery. This has been horrible. I am no longer able to work as a home health aide. Its begging to get difficult to do every day little things. It is getting to the point where it is even hard to take care of my autistic child. The depression this is causing is bad. The only thing that makes the pain stop is to try and sleep. I am currently waiting for approval from my insurance company so that I may have fusion and a discectomy done on my L4-L5 and L5-S1. Has anyone tried something other than what I have tried? Has ANYTHING short of surgery worked for you? Im desperate to try anything at this point. Thank you.
    MLU103169 2 Replies
    • November 22, 2008
    • 06:34 PM
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  • My last post was recorded prior to my fusion and diskectomy (L4-L5 & L5-S1) in December 2008. I just returned from my second post op check and my L5-S1 is bulging worse and I am now in more pain than I was before the surgery. I am going to go for 4-6 more weeks of land therapy before I return to discuss a discogram and possibly another fusion. Can anyone who has had this procedure done tell me if it is more painful than other pain management spinal injections? I have had several injections in the past. Thanks! :eek:
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  • Do some research on the specific surgeries your doc's are recommending. It seems to me more often than not, these types of surgeries fail in that they do not fix the underlying problem-- look at the success rates, they are not good. Most disk injuries heal on their own given time. Physical therapy can help in the mean time, and allow the optimal circumstances for your body to heal itself. I'm sure it hurts quite badly, but cutting on it is not the only way.
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  • Hi Shannon, I am 37 also and have had lower back pain since I was 19, I had a disc removed at L5 S1 8yrs ago after the birth of my second daughter. This provided immediate relief to a certain extent ( I was able to sit, stand and walk again) however over the last three years the pain has increased both in my lower back and down my leg, the diagnosis being scar tissue pressing on the nerve, thinning of my spine and torn and split discs at 3 levels. I have had numerous spinal injections, including fascet injections all providing no relief, I have been told that fusion isn't an option because there are too many discs involved, so take oxycontin 24/7 as well as oxynorm regularly for breakthrough pain, with little or no relief. As I live in Ireland I imagine that my options are somewhat limited in comparison to those avalilable in the States, due to the rather antiquated medical system here. I have never heard of discoplasty and was wondering if you could shed some light on this, sorry that I can't provide you with any answers.My story is very similar to both of yours; I also have degenerating discs (2) as well as tears and have been through physical therapy, chiropractic care, and many, many injections all of which have failed. I have had this condition for almost 9 years and am a very active 37 who is also a fitness instructor. I also had the discogram which proved exactly what the doctor suspected. We are now awaiting approval from my insurance to have what is called a discoplasty. To my understanding this is the only procedure that will help our pain and unfortunatley is very new in the United States. We are appealing the insurance as it has been denied. Please let me know if anyone can shed some light on this. Thank you.
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  • It will never get better
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 17, 2009
    • 02:20 PM
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  • Hi Shannon, I am 37 also and have had lower back pain since I was 19, I had a disc removed at L5 S1 8yrs ago after the birth of my second daughter. This provided immediate relief to a certain extent ( I was able to sit, stand and walk again) however over the last three years the pain has increased both in my lower back and down my leg, the diagnosis being scar tissue pressing on the nerve, thinning of my spine and torn and split discs at 3 levels. I have had numerous spinal injections, including fascet injections all providing no relief, I have been told that fusion isn't an option because there are too many discs involved, so take oxycontin 24/7 as well as oxynorm regularly for breakthrough pain, with little or no relief. As I live in Ireland I imagine that my options are somewhat limited in comparison to those avalilable in the States, due to the rather antiquated medical system here. I have never heard of discoplasty and was wondering if you could shed some light on this, sorry that I can't provide you with any answers.Check this place out if you have the money. My torn discs were so bad I could barely walk and was in a wheelchair before my surgery but have no returned to a normal life. http://www.laserspineinstitute.com/
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 25, 2009
    • 08:29 PM
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  • I am 26 and have had multiple surgeries on my left pelvis as well as one just off mu L3 to remove a tumor that was rooted in my Femoral Nerve. The spinal surgery left my spine weak and unsupported for a few months which resulted in two torn discs as well as a bone spur that is pressing on that L3 nerve root. I am a very active person and am now limited to sports and activities that do not contain twisting and resisting at the same time (bubye to golf, boxing and yoga!) For the nerve pain I am currently on a drug called Lyrica (pregabalin) and it seems to be making a big difference. It takes about two weeks to start working but has few side effects (other than drowsiness and the odd dizzy spell). I still have some of the stiffness and dull pain but the sharp shooting debilitating pain comes around far less often. I will do anything to put off surgery as long as possible because any good surgeon will tell you that it is the last option since surgery can often end up causing more issues in the end. It sucks living in pain especially at such a young age but the lyrica does seem to help...best of luck everyone!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 14, 2009
    • 07:16 PM
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  • Hi guys, thought you might be interested in checking out the following link for detailed information on disc injuries: Lumbar Disc Bulge Hope that helps, PhysioAdvisorwww.PhysioAdvisor.com.au
    PhysioAdvisor 93 Replies
    • November 9, 2009
    • 04:05 AM
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  • Possible method of hope? YOu might wanna look into it- 'DRX 9000'= its a method of traction, or removing the gravitational pressure from your discs. I've gone for counsel on it's methods, and success. it reportedly has approximately 85-95% success rate for curing patients with diagnoses such as mine (2 torn discs). -AND IT'S NON-EVASIVE!!! very important for people such as myself-reluctant to look into surgery or other 'traditional' doctors remedies (which, from my research, has a very high rate of recurring symptoms-often worse, one downfall- INSURANCE! I have carpenters trust insurance, which is otherwise consist of fairly broad coverage- but it doesnt cover this form of treatment-supposedly because it is a fairly new form of treatment. (or maybe it's due to the fact that high success rates fail to keep the 'medical wheel' turning)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 16, 2009
    • 07:10 PM
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  • Ah its really scary isn't it ....I know of a person who had a spine surgery and couldn't walk after that....
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  • I just had a discoplasty performed about 4 days ago, i have (had) 4 torn discs, l4 l5 s1 and another that they have yet to work on. For the first 3 years of attempted diagnostics they did not beliee anything was really wrong with me as I was a 18 year old kid with a history of drug use. As many of you I could barely sit, stand, or even lay down without extreme pain. I finally was referred to a pain management clinic where the doctor did several different types of injections, nerve ablasions and etc. It's been quite difficult since no one really knows how much pain you are in and how difficult it is to do anything, thinking you are just blowing it out of proportion. I wouldn't wish this kind of pain or situation on anyone. I will keep you posted on the progress of the discoplasty though already I can tell that the pain has been greatly reduced. Hope all of you can get some relief.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 10, 2010
    • 01:19 AM
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  • I just had a discoplasty performed about 4 days ago, i have (had) 4 torn discs, l4 l5 s1 and another that they have yet to work on. For the first 3 years of attempted diagnostics they did not beliee anything was really wrong with me as I was a 18 year old kid with a history of drug use. As many of you I could barely sit, stand, or even lay down without extreme pain. I finally was referred to a pain management clinic where the doctor did several different types of injections, nerve ablasions and etc. It's been quite difficult since no one really knows how much pain you are in and how difficult it is to do anything, thinking you are just blowing it out of proportion. I wouldn't wish this kind of pain or situation on anyone. I will keep you posted on the progress of the discoplasty though already I can tell that the pain has been greatly reduced. Hope all of you can get some relief.How did it go? I have been dealing with two torn discs for 20 years and I am in my late 30's! I am looking for anything to get relief as I have tried almost everything. Does anyone know anything about IDET?
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