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New to forum I have Lumbar Disc Degenerative Disease

louskrllouskr Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:46 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi my name is Lou and I am new to this forum. I have Lumbar Disc Degenerative Disease in Disc L1 to L4 with a buldging disc in L5. I have had the buldging disc since 2008 and I have controled the pain with nerve blocks, Vicodin and epidurals. However since April of this year the pain has gotten worse and the New MRI showed the disc gegeneration. The pain is now going straight down my tail bone with a burning sensation. And my right hip and leg hurts all the time. No matter what I do I cannot get the pain to go below a 5 and most of the time it is at a level 7 to 8 with peaks to 9. My family doctor sent me to a spine specialist who said I didnt need surgery and that was that. Spent less than 10 mins in his office. I had a really good PM doctor in Ohio, But since moving to rual North Carolina I have not been able to find one. I cannot stand for longer than 30 mins, or sit and sleeping at night is almost none as I wake up almost screaming cause the pain is so intense. And I have had to quit working because of the pain. My life sucks as I have this pain that has taken over. I would like some advice on how to approach my doctor and tell him the pain meds arent working. The Spine specialist did set me up for a nerve study to see what was the problem but said I wont see him again as he was a surgeon. What a disappointing day. Sorry just venting.


  • Welcome to Spine Health!

    Please start reading the articles on Spine Health on Degenerative Disk Disease and herniated disks! You'll be glad to know that DDD isn't really a disease but a normal part of aging, and that most people by the time they are 40 or so have signs of DDD, many with no symptoms at all!

    So the questions you need to be asking your doctor are- are the herniations and other signs of DDD you see actually causing my pain? To have these questions answered, it's best to have a qualified orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon.

    Have your doctors started you on conservative treatments? Physical therapy?

    Do you have a board certified pain management doctor? Pain management doctors can do interventional treatments such as steroid injections or facet ablation. These are methods many of us have used to find some form of relief from pain, and if you are a candidate, might work for you.

    Good luck! Hope you feel better soon!
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i have found the nerve pain medications to be a big help with pain in the hip and leg.. perhaps you could talk to your pain doctor about that.. i hope you are feeling better soon. drop by anytime. Jenny :)
  • I can relate to having DDD in the entire lumbar area and recently had a L5-S1 herniated disc which resolved on it's own. I hope you can find a good PM Dr. to manage your pain. I'm in the middle of spinal injections epidural and nerve blocks and facet joint injections to manage the pain as well as extended release narcotics for the pain and Cymbalta for the leg pain. I hope your nerve tests are alright and you can get a referral to a good PM Dr. Best wishes and we're here to support you when you need it. 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
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