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Three Discectomies

goody66ggoody66 Posts: 6
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:55 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello all

I am probably not as bad as many of you on here - but would just like to pick your brains.

I have had three discectomies, in 1993, 2006 and 2009. It took longer for me to recover from the last op - but I am feeling better now. Other than the odd lapse of sciatic pain, and the constant numbness/pins and needles in my right foot.

I have moved from London to the North West, and my new G.P will not refer me to a specialist. She says that a specialist will only see me if I need more surgery. I do not want more surgery - but would like to know why I have had three slipped discs and what the future holds.

I did ask this of my surgeon in London, but although he was a good surgeon - his bedside manner was not.

I would appreciate any views please



  • HI,
    I had 3 lumbar diskectomies, in 94/95 and have some lasting pain and numbness, but it's livable... Don't know why your discs slipped..you didn't give any info on DDD or stenosis, etc. However, once you have a back problem I think it will always be with you...a lifetime of being careful on the BLT, bending, lifting, twisting.
    If your GP won't refer you to a specialist, look on this site, and maybe you can find one yourself, if for nothing more than to ask questions, and already know them should you have any future problems. I have built relationships with my dr's, so they know ME, and not just my problems..I've found this to be a good thing, as I'm not a number,,,,I'm Frannie!
    Good luck!
  • Hi Frannie

    Thank you for your reply

    How are you coping now?
  • Welcome to spine health! Were your discectomies all on the same disc or different levels? Sounds like you have some permanent nerve damage in your right foot. I have that as well in my left, although my discectomies/laminectomies were only 5 weeks ago, so time will tell.

    Can you tell us any more about your diagnosis? Have you had any MRI's or any other testing since your last discectomy?

    Keep looking and pushing for a specialist, if you still are having trouble or unanswered questions.

    Again welcome, looking forward to hearing more from you.

    >:D< Karen
    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
  • HI,
    Well, coping is a day to day thing...some are good for all day, some part day, some not good days... Lucily, my primary does my meds, so I always have a supply of hydrocodone if I need it. I may take 4 in one day, and maybe not again for 3 weeks, so I am not abusing, and he knows that my spine is shot, along with all the other fibro, DDD, arthritis, etc.
    The thing I never notice on here, is a chronic pain management program, like I attended when I moved to the Albany area. Everyone goes for shots, and tests and is looking for meds, but no one seems to get a plan of the total package... DId I luck out??
    My primary sent me to a rhuemetologist, who diagnosed the fibro as the problem for the still present pain after the 3 disc surgeries.. He started the antidepressants (we tried a few) then added amitriptyline 50 mg for sleep. With pain as well as fibro, if you don't reach stage 3 sleep, you're body is not mending itself as good as it could. Everyone's body does most of it's daily repair work while we're sleeping, and if that's not happening, there's no daily repairs! Anyway, he sent me to Chronic Pain Management at the local Rehab Hospital. I had an occupational therapist, to help me learn to change how I stand at the kitchen sink, how to bend and lift, etc. The another therapist who taught me bio-feedback, relaxation and totally explained how the fibro works and what aggravates it.. Lastly, there was a shrink, who helped me alot in understanding and ACCEPTING my newly adjusted body and how I could give up my physical activities and still be me, and find new things that I could do, and enjoy. Snowmobiling and motorcycles, and gardening by the day, not hour, dancing, bowling, etc. SO now, I take it by the day and if it's a bad one, I sew or something like that...or maybe do beading or talk on the phone. On a good day, I can still garden, in small increments, and wallpapered my kitchen at the rate of 2 strips a day, instead of half a room. :)
    Medicine is a science,and therefore we hope they do their best, and that our bodies respond positively. I'm certainly not 100%, but I have learned to be happy anyway, take meds when I need them, and always put on my makeup - a positive image of yourself when you look in the mirror makes you think, if I look good, I must feel good!!! Another little therapist trick....
    Feel better! :)
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