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ESI post laminectomy

brynellenbbrynellen Posts: 9
I had my L5 laminectomy/ L5-S1 diskectomy in April. It was a huge herniation that I dealt with for a long time and through a pregnancy so I am not surprised that I still have nerve/pain symptoms. My doctor thinks that a 3rd ESI would help with the nerve pain. A lot of my pain (more 'swooshing' cold feelings) is in my foot and then some pain and burning in my front thigh. I am not convinced the ESI will help the front of my leg because isn't the root of that a different level?

Any experience whether this ESI would help? I had 2 pre-surgery that didn't help much, but that could be because the herniated disk was so large?

I'd like to do it soon for insurance reasons and because my husband is home for a month to help with lifting the baby to possibly give it a chance to work. My chiro says it wouldn't help, but my dr. says it will. Any more opinions?
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  • Brynellen:
    I'm a retired pain specialist who has done lots of ESIs.The fact that your first two didn't help much worries me. I think a third one now will do no harm, and might possibly help. It is worth a try, but don't hang your hopes on it.

    If it doesn't work, you need to consider a spinal cord stimulator. I had pretty good success with it in patients with symptoms like yours.

    Your SI joint dysfunction may need to be treated separately. You could benefit substantially from ProloTherapy for it. You can find someone in your area to do it at www.getprolo.com.

    Insurance will NOT pay for Prolotherapy.

    Live well,

    Ken Noel
  • do you actually have any back problems, or are you only on this site to promote products and or treatments?

    the only time i see a post from you is to mention scs or another product.

    we here need support, ideas, and encouragement......not salesmen.
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