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Non-Candidate for Back Surgery

I was diagnoised in 2003 - having been born with Caudia Equina Syndrome, due to the way the horse tail nerves were inter-tangled in spine. Two Surgeons Diagnoised & Confirmed. Also noting that I would never be a candiate for back surgery due to the high risks. Also diagnoised with Arthritis of the spine , DDD .

Some where between June and September of 2012 L5-S1 Ruptured severly.
Another surgeon was seen and after everything was said and done, again Not a candidate for the surgery .
I'm allergic to most all metals and Latex. But not a candidate due to BD.

Is there anyone on the board that is not a candidate for surgery ?

So far, I'm able to return to working any where from 6 to 15 hrs a week - depending on my back, some days are good, some not so hot. I'm on my feet during those days I work. I work fast food.

Pain levels vary from 10 to Tolerable. I take Percocet 7.5 ( 2 yrs now), Soma (can't tell if it does anything , 1 yr ) , Neurontin , 5 years.)

I fell out of bed Christmas day morning, just sort of rolled and kerplunked, worse pain imaginable - similar to when L5-S1 blew. Now dealing with Right leg pain, eveyrone said it sounds like a sciatica nerve. No problems sitting, standing but moment I lay down - that pain Starts up and it takes me every bit of an hour or two to get a comfortable position. I don't know if the blown disc added to the pain or what. Pain usually eases up eventually and mornings it doesn't hurt . Then the episodes repeat when I go to bed.

Up for suggestions
If its still bugging me by the time I go for my 2 month supply of per, and lab work (i'm diabetic ) will talk to the dr about it.

walk softly upon the earth, feel her heartbeat from within
Listen to the silence for it speaks
Listen to the wind for it talks
Listen to your heart and you will understand.
by Oucloud


  • Not sure what BD is. Anyhow, I understand you have had 2 doctors give you their opinion but not sure where they are from. There are specialty hospitals that may be worth considering if your situation is not looking positive from a treatment perspective. We are not allowed to list them but I think I can PM you a few that are considered specialists that you may want to consider.

    I only am familiar with 2-3 and it's just based on what I learned doing my own research.
  • I also don't know what BD is. How many doctors have you seen since 2003 when you had your first diagnosis? I was told I was not a candidate for surgery because I had three levels that were totally ruptured and they wouldn't do more than two. This was totally unacceptable to me, as I could barely walk -- actually, I could barely move without shooting stabs of agony. I found an orthopedist at the state research hospital who said he could help me and yes, I did eventually have surgery. Now, I don't recommend surgery as a cure-all for everything, but I'd try getting a few more opinions about what is going on with your spine and what can be done for you. Don't give up. There are new treatments all the time, and hopefully, someone will have something that can get you back to functional.
    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • BD= Birth Defect and I saw one in oct 2012.and I've seen the specialists.
    walk softly upon the earth, feel her heartbeat from within
    Listen to the silence for it speaks
    Listen to the wind for it talks
    Listen to your heart and you will understand.
    by Oucloud
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