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JJJJJ Posts: 14
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:24 AM in New Member Introductions
I'm new here, but certainly not new to the world of lower back pain! I have not had a day without pain even with steadily increasing doses of medication over the past 3 years to treat my DDD in my L4/L5 and L5/S1 which are now both torn. I need bi-level artificial disc replacement according to the surgeons i've seen, but my medical insurance won't pay for this. Anyone by some miracle know where the FDA approval stands for this procedure?


  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. DDD is a painful companion. ~X( i use many conservative measures to control my pain. medication is just part of it. have you tried any pt, walking or stretching. please talk to your doctor about this. :-C there are also injections available. a good pain management doctor could help you with this. i cannot answer your question but perhaps someone will be along who can. good luck with your pain control! we have a "DDD" forum you might want to check out. Jenny :)
  • Thank you for your response. I have tried PT several times which provided no help. I've had 2 epidural injections - both of which worsened my condition each time. The only thing the surgeons I have seen can agree on is that fusion is not a good option for me with all the discs showing signs of trouble. They want me to have the bi-level ADR on my L4/L5 and L5/S1 as they are both torn. I cant get my insurance to pay, and the FDA doesnt seem to be in any hurry to approve the procedure. I was thinking about the hybrid surgery, but in seeing some of the posts on this site that doesnt sound very appealing either!
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