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back surgery

shazzasshazza Posts: 66
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:26 AM in Spinal Injections
:S ive joined here to have some advice on back surgery. ive just been put on the waiting list for tlif fusion surgery of l1 .... i havent been offered injections though, and didnt know anything about them. i wonder how disabled someone should be before going ahead with surgery, as i am able to do most things, and though my back always hurts and makes me miserable, im not actually chair bound or anything. i do have trouble standing up with out leaning on anything, but can walk and am able to work part time, even though after 4 hours things get very painful, i still do manage to work through it.i am allergic to most of the painkillers out there that work well, so i cant really manage my pain that way. one bit of advice ive been given is that i shouldnt go ahead with surgery until i am immobile, as the surgery may not even help. ive got a severely degenerate disk l1...i fractured l4 and 5 over a year ago and crushed a disk, which is what the mri scan was for..and the l1 disk problem was found then,its been painful for 15 years ???
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  • Hello Shazza,

    Permit me to provide my thoughts.

    I have been told over and over again "Surgery is the LAST option." Take that seriously.

    First, try all the other options. And one of those happens to be epidural spinal injections. When my PM doc strongly advised me to give it a try I said "NO WAY, everything I read and all the people I talked with said they just do not work.

    WELLLLll Shazza, he convinced me to give it a try. WOW am I ever glad I gave it a try. The first ESI injection was Apr '07, and of this day the periodic injections are still working.

    "i wonder how disabled someone should be before going ahead with surgery," An EXCELLENT question, one that I have asked several spinal surgeons. The answer I remember best, and the one I use as my guide - one surgeon said "come see me for surgery when you cannot walk across your living room." The more I read the more I talk with others the more I find his words to be words of wisdom.

    Shazza, in my opinion DEFINITELY get an ESI. Search for the VERY BEST pain management doc you can find. Make sure he/she is considered the VERY BEST at giving an ESI. ALSO make sure the doctor using a fluoroscope to help him/her guide the needle to EXACTLY the PRECISE location the corticosteroid must go so the medication CAN reduce the inflammation causing the pain.

    AND do get a few more opinions from spinal surgeons.

    I wish you the best.

    RichT
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