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L5 S1 Joint Problems

Hi everyone, I'm new here I've been suffering for two years with L5 S1 joint, My previous Dr. did 4 epidurals (over the course of 2 yrs) only with little relief not knowing at the time that all the symptoms I was having was S1 joint pain too, I just recently (with my new Dr.) had a nerve root block with very little relief the sitting is the worst. My Dr. said since the nerve root block did not help my symptoms I would need the laminectomy I've been an avid exerciser for years my goal is to get back to exercise, I can't even walk a mile without everything flaring up. Has anyone had a laminetomy with good results? Thanks so much for your help Ü


  • Retow, I had two failed Lami's at the L5 S1 level. I had a herniated disc that caused the pain in the first place. I was to the point where it hurt to walk about a 1/4 mile. I needed to do something, epidurals made the pain worst and caused me to have back pain. If I could go back I would not get the surgery. The way I feel now if much worst than I did before hand. I am not telling you not to get surgery. That is up to you. I am just saying, no matter what the surgeon says, you will never get just ONE laminectomy. Good luck and I hope you can find some comfort.
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