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I’m new to the forum but have done some on-line research. I’ve had back pain for 27 years and sciatica for 22. The last 3 years the sciatica and back pain have become unbearable to the point of losing my job and collecting SSDI. I’ve seen many doctors trying to get some relief. They’ve all told me the same thing. “Take Ibuprofen and go to PT.” I’ve tried both of those and chiropractics to no avail.
I went to a pain management specialist 1.5 years ago and he helped me a lot. I’ve had several MRI’s done and they show severe lower scoliosis, marked stenosis, disk herniation, degeneration and bulging. I also had a spec scan done and my facets are in bad shape. He’s given me 9 cortisone injections to the low back and two to the neck. They got rid of much of the sciatica, although it always pops up in a different place later. The injections also improved my range of motion.
Now my major problem is that I can’t walk more than 50 yards before having to sit down in severe pain. I suspect that’s from the stenosis.
I saw a neurologist regarding a laminectomy, as suggested by my pm doctor. He told me I need a spinal fusion from my neck to lower spine. He said the odds are that it would fail so he’s not doing it. Basically he told me, in a nutshell, that it’s something I have to live with.
I’m only 50 and can’t live like this the rest of my life. The narcotics no longer work and my doc refuses to give me an increase. I’m on 90mg/day oxycodone and 32ml/hr of the fentanyl patch.
I was talking with the Laser Spine Institute. After one of their docs looked at some radiologists reports of MRI’s, they told me they could fix everything. I was shocked to find out they won’t deal with my insurance company (Tricare). I was told that they don’t except most insurance as they don’t pay enough.
I would like to talk with another laser surgery clinic or any doctor that does laser back surgery. I live in Maine and have made many phone calls and spent many hours Googling but can’t find anyone else in the northeast, except a man in NYC, whom I’ve read too many horrible posts about.
If anyone knows any laser surgeons in the northeast would you please let me know. Also, if you know of anything I can take to make these narcotics relieve pain again, it would be appreciated.