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New here. How bad is my diagnosis?

JLambzJJLambz Posts: 24
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:59 AM in New Member Introductions
So, I'm new here, but certainly not new to back pain. I was in a car accident in 04 and have had lower back pain ever since. I was down for almost 2 mo in 06 with 2 herniated and 2 bulging discs. It's been ups and downs since then, but I hadn't had health insurance. As of lately, it's been bad more than good. I was just recently diagnosed with DDD and go for my first round of injections on the 6th. My MRI diagnosis is in my signature. So, how bad is it?!


  • hi and welcome to the forum!! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can... good luck on your first round of injections!! i do hope they help you to feel better.. please have a good look around and make yourself at home!! there is plenty of great information available from doctor conferences and videos to the forums and chat!! stop by anytime!! there is always a spiney around!! Jenny.. by the way, we are not allowed to read MRI's here on the forum.. we are not doctor's and it is not appropriate..
  • Oh I'm sorry if that came off wrong :-/ I guess I just meant, in the big scheme of spine injuries. Im so new to the terminology. Thanks for the welcome :)
  • hello and welcome, hopefully the epidurals give you some relief...we do not read mri's and of course all of our individual opinions are our own.

    i would take the mri film's/cd to a neurosurgeon, ortho doc and a spine specialist to get opinions especially if the doc managing your symptoms now is a primary care doc. if it's one of those 3 then i would seek the other 2 opinions.

    take care
  • I am currently under the care of a very non invasive orthopedic surgeon. He basically told me that I have four discs in a row, two of which are almost completely gone, and there was no surgical option, as he would not fuse 4 discs. He said I may find someone who would, but he wouldn't because I would feel worse nd hate him. He then referred me to pain management. My hubby said we should go to another surgeon, but my thought is...the guy makes his money off cutting people open, not in referring them elsewhere.
  • Oh, and now a spine specializing pain management doctor
  • that's great!! you may be a candidate for a spinal cord stimulator. hopefully they can appreciate how much you r hurting....keep us updated and take care
  • It is prudent to surmise that one may eventually find a surgeon who may operate on your 4 disc, where your objective is to have the best possible outcome be that surgery or not. Success may be deemed as reduced pain, rather than total cure and with any surgery no guarantees are possible or should be highlighted. Could you live with a lifetime of CP many here do and equate it as the least problematic result of a difficult situation, pain is one thing, even more pain an undesirable consequence.

    You could get 50 other opinions and 50 alternative solutions, you want the one that is best for you, hearing news that is problematic does in itself not make it untrue, we need to have trust in those trying to help us and acknowledge whenever when we are told unfavourable outcomes they have authenticity and rigour.

    Then and only then can we decide with all the clinical evidence what our next step should be, any surgery is a leap of faith into the unknown, some here suggest that surgery is the last resort and PM is a good option for the time being, see how it goes, your condition itself may dictate an alternative plan in the future.

    Take care and good luck. John
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