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Severe back pain post disc replacement

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  • Posted By: WMR222
  • March 4, 2007
  • 06:35 PM

I have degenterative disc disease. L4-5 and L5-S1 herniated three years ago. I was in modertate pain for two years so I had disc replacement surgery a year ago on L5-S1 and did very well for 6 months :o but after a flight trip in September 2006 had severe pain and pressure in my lumbar area, with shooting pains down both legs ever since:( . I can't walk, sit, or stand for more than 15 minutes without pain and pressure so severe I have to lay down for any comfort. Narcodic pain meds don't touch it. Physical therapy made it worse.
I don't have another herniated disc (but L4-5 bulges some), my disc replacement is ok, and my facet joints show some inflammation so the doctors have done nerve blocks and steriod injections on my facet joints at L4-5, L5-S1, and sacrum joints but none of these have helped.
I'm very frustrated and have gone to several doctors for second opinions but none have any other options or suggestions.:confused: I have Rheumatoid arthritis and COPD also.
Is there any other potential diangnosis I am missing?

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  • I had severe back pain for 19 years. Then while reading about back pain (as I read anything at all to do with it) I read of a study conducted by a university that treated hundreds of people with back pain with many different therapies. Out of all the therapies there was only one that alleviated pain in 100% of the patients. The one that worked on all of the patients was vitamin D. I thought I fall within the 100% range so I began a vitamin d regimen. For the first 2 weeks I took twice the reccommened amount then dropped back to the correct daily dosage.In mornings I would be in bed and have my legs locked with pain and would look at them and will them to move. It would take me 10 minutes to roll off the bed. I would often lose feeling down one of my legs. I struggled to pick up a gallon of milk as it hurt my back. That was 2.5 years ago. Now I wrestle with my full grown kids, carry my seven year old daughter and play basketball and racquetball regularly. My 75 year old dad is trying to buy his horse back now he is on it. HE had given up riding as it was too painful now he can ride without pain. A neighbor lady who is 84 has been having cortizone injections every other month for 4 years into her back. She has been on vitamin d and has gonw tihout injectios for 14 months now.The study showed it working on all subjects from 18-89 yars of age. Some had been in accidents others had been through operations. I was supposed to lose 2 discs, instead all I lost was the pain. Try it, you are out nothing.
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