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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
hi everyone, there is a newbie. 52 yrs old , lower back from accident, seen 1st surgeon, not a canidate ordered physical therapy.... nogood.... 2nd surgeon says fusion btwn l-4 and l-5 and today I see aurgeon for injections or fusion , I don't know????? can someone shed a little light on this maybe I can understand?


  • We have a good group here and I hope you get lots of posts. The doctors will always try conservative measures first like the shots to see if they help. I also think the insurances approve surgery better if they show that you've tried several other methods and surgery is the only option left.

    It sounds like you've had some tests? MRI? CT Scan? I had two MRIs that the opinions on were just degenerative disc disease, bulging discs, and spinal stenosis---neurologist and PM and GP said didn't warrant surgery. I tried shots, PT, heat, chiropractor, tens unit, nothing helped and the pain was getting worse and not manageable. I finally went to a neurosurgeon for his opinion and he had me to do a myelogram (dye into the spinal cord) and a discogram (dye injected into each disc where there were something showing). Lots of pics taken and CT scan done. My L4/L5 disc was practically torn in two with a chunk missing causing my vertebras to rock around causing pain. I also had a nerve study on my lower body and that showed diminshed activity on one leg and hyperactivity on the other leg. All of this said fusion surgery.

    I asked about a disc trim or an artificial replacement and other alternatives and the surgeon said for me, the fusion was the only lasting option. But I would have to make the decision since I could go on hurting and be disabled or have the surgery. I had the fusion.
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