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Knife please.

BillOregonBBillOregon Posts: 22
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:58 AM in New Member Introductions
Howdy from southern Oregon. Been dealing with lumbar degeneration for about 15 years, and only recently has it gotten bad enough to make me a surgical candidate, with herniation of L3,4 and five and L4 sliding forward and off to the right of L3, for a diagnosis of spondylolisthesis with stenosis. Doc suggested an epidural to make sure that an XLIF at L3-4 would solve most of my issues, or he said we can just go ahead and do the procedure. That's my current view, as things have now gotten to where each day seems measurably worse.
What fun!


  • Welcome to Spine-Health.

    I can understand your wanting to skip the conservative measures and go straight to surgery as spondylolisthesis creates instability of the spine. However, being a diagnostic injection, you might want to consider it so the doc knows exactly what he needs to do. But it's certainly your choice and yours alone.

    Yes, spine problems are fun - just read around the forums at how much of a party it all is. :-)

    Take care and keep us posted.
  • hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can..so glad you dropped in! if you can, give the conservative measures a chance and see if they help! if not, snd surgery is the decision, you have the chance to become pain free!! recovery is so important, so be sure and follow the doctoor's orders exactly!! good luck to you!! stop by anytime! Jenny :)
  • Thanks Cath, Jenny. I know I should be patient, but you finally get so tired of dealing with the discomfort that you want to move on ASAP.
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