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ibivyiibivy Posts: 28
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:32 AM in New Member Introductions
Good evening. I've spent a bit of time reading through posts on this site and have enjoyed the input and openness of experiences members have shown.

I'm a 28 year old female, active, good health, non-smoker... Long history of lower back pain which began including leg pain/numbness, foot drop & muscular atrophy of the left leg about 5 months ago. Diagnostics (X-rays, MRI, discography) have shown herniation at L4/5 level, disc degeneration, spinal arthritis and a sacralization of left pelvis. Over the last 6 months the pain has gone from daily 1-4 on a 1-10 scale to daily 7-9 with intermittent immobility. Medication is currently Oxycodone & Tramadol, but receive very little relief from either or the combination of the two. I've gone through a few years of physical therapy, spinal decompression, acupuncture, homeopathic medicine (I used to be in the medical field and am very biomedically-minded... I have been desperate), and epidural injections. No relief. Surgery is scheduled for July 22nd (microdiscectomy), but I'm currently having scheduling issues and hope to have a facet injection prior to the surgery, although neither doctors nor myself really believe it'll help.

I appreciate this forum and the helpful place that this holds for many.
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  • Hi and Welcome!! :D Glad you decided to join our dis-jointed (pun) group! Be sure to check out the post surgical must haves stickied in the surgery forum, and I always suggest my own: soap on-a-rope, something I wished I had (instead I used two bars in the shower!)

    Anyway, I want to wish you luck in your upcoming surgery, and a speedy recovery!

    >:D<
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. why are your doctors so negative about a facet injection?? :? you need some positive thinking! =D> anything to prevent surgery is a great thing!! i do hope that works for you.. :D you sound like you have tried lots of things but you did not mention massage or Yoga?? just a thought! :? good luck and drop by anytime.. :D i look forward to reading your posts.. Jenny :)
  • :H Welcome to the forum! You have found a great place to freely share your thoughts (good or bad) and gleen a lot of advice from others like you who have been through surgery.

    I'm so sorry for your pain ~X( I know the toll it takes on you both physcially and emotionally. I'm on tramadol and oxy also and when the pain is at levels 7 to 9, it surely doesn't help much, just takes the edge off. I find hot showers, ointments, heating pads and ice packs give me the most comfort while I wait out a pain flare.

    I'm so optimistic for you that your July surgery will help you lower your pain levels at get back to a more normal life.

    Best of luck to you and drop a post anytime. We are all here for you. :)

    Judy
  • SOOOO SORRY u r facing all this pain!! I was 18 when I was first diagnosed w/ RDDD (rapid degenerative disc disease)and had as u several injections, therapy, hollistic meds...etc...just know that here on this site you will encounter 100's if not 1000's that are going threw the same as you.
    We are all here to share our stories and keep each other updated on how we are making it threw day to day! I had my discectomy when I was 25 and have had 4 more surgeries since then. I am 33 and am understanding what you are going threw. I have been there!! Just know I am praying for you and I hope you get relief soon!!
  • hi...glad you found us. we are all suffers like you looking for help and we know how you feel...isn't it so frustrating. i hope the disk surgery goes well. you will always find support here. please keep us posted and best of luck
    O:) pete
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