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second selfsecond self Posts: 38
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:45 AM in New Member Introductions
I am new to Spine Health but not to on line forums. My doctor recommended I take a look at this one…and then Hagland “C” suggested I introduce myself, so, here I am.

My quick history: I’ve had sciatic type pain off and on for years…too long ago to remember when it started. I spent a great part of my youth training to become a top tier athlete in figure skating. I think all the falls on my tail bone probably contributed to my current issues. My problems just came on slowly, through the years...no accident or injury as some of you have had.

I primarily have lower lumbar issues, hyper mobile joints and spondylolisthesis. I had a one level fusion a couple years ago, followed by a lami/foraminotomy and, later, another fusion. I’ve gone through a variety of specialists and have tried every type of conservative treatment, including a variety of ESIs, caudal injections and nerve blocks, and dabble with a variety of alternate medical treatments.

I look forward to getting acquainted with everyone.


  • Thanks for sharing it gives us a better idea how to relate. Sciatica is an ongoing issue I have myself and thanks to ESIs and Cymbalta I have less pain so hopefully one day hope to be free of this ingoing issue. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Welcome to Spine Health. Thanks for introducing yourself so that others can have a better idea of what you've been through and how you are doing now.

    So was your recent fusion successful in taking care of the pain in your legs? Did you have the same surgeon for all three of your surgeries or did you have to use different surgeons? Was your recent fusion at adjacent levels to your initial fusion? Did you ever have relief from your first fusion, or has it been a continuous battle for you to get some pain resolution? Sorry for all the questions, but as you know, it makes it easier to respond to someone when you know a little bit about the surgeries, injuries and current status.

    Thanks for posting an intro.

  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. have you and your doctor looked into nerve pain medications for your sciatica? i have found Lyrica to be a very good medicaion for myself although there are many others out there.. i have never gotten such good pain relief! you might check this out with your doctor if you have not already. good luck and i hope you find some relief soon. Jenny :)
  • Welcome to Spine-Health. You will find other members who will share your struggles with Lumbar pain, sciatic pain and the other pains you have mentioned.

    How recent was your last surgery? Have any of your nerve blocks, ESI's or injections given you satisfactory relief? In February of 2010, I was introduced to a fantastic PM doctor who specializes solely in nerve blocks and injections... all done under fluoroscopy or ultra-sound guideance. I'm sitting on chronic fractures to all of my tailbone segments at this very moment and the pain is minimal. I just received my second set of nerve blocks (Lumbar and Sympathetic) about 2 weeks ago in addition to coccyx injections. I must say, this PM doctor has the Midas touch when it comes to nerve blocks and injections!

    I also received my first greater trochanter injection on my right side, this past Tuesday. OMG... I never expected relief into my IT band or knee from this injection, but it is beginning to relieve those areas... in addition to that horrible trochanteric bursitis pain on my right side.

    Like you, I was in figure skating for quite a while during my youth/teen years... even picked it back up in my early 20's. I had been diagnosed with a hairline fracture at one time in the coccyx area, but my last fall from my daughter's playhouse (8 foot fall) was more than my back/lower lumbar area and tailbone could withstand.

    If your last surgery was recent, how is the recovery going?

    Welcome again, to Spine-Health.

  • Welcome to the site. It's shame that you've had to have so many surgeries. Both my wife and I have issues, mine being lumbar and hers cervical. It's helpful when the other has an understanding of what the other is experiencing, although you don't want to wish these issues on anyone. Now kids are a different story.

  • To respond to some of your questions...I did not respond to any of the "nerve" medications. At the lower dosage, they had little effect and when the dosage was increased, I started to swell.

    When I had my first one level lumbar fusion, it resolved one pain but on the second day in hospital, I developed new pain which never went away until my third surgery. I used two different surgeons: one for the first fusion and then I switched to a different doctor for the second and third surgeries.

    Tammy, I agree with you about finding the right PM. I probably had half my injections with one guy and never had any reaction at all. Then I switched to a different guy and for the first time, the injection had some effect. There is not logical reason for this. Both doctors had good credentials and of course, both used fluoroscopy to guide them in placing the needles.

    I must say, I never had anything resembling long-term relief...I think the longest it helped was about 4 days, but at least something was happening! Wow, falling out of a playhouse -- I think you are lucky to be up and walking!!

    Most of my problems turned out to be a problem of instability which was not visible on various MRIs.
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