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New here any advice would be appreciated XLIF for Annular Tear?

mommaof4mmommaof4 Posts: 24
edited 05/02/2013 - 3:09 AM in New Member Introductions
I'm new to spine-health and back pain as well. About 3 years ago I started having hip pain, I thought it was due to running. The pain continued off and on for the next year. I went to my Dr. who ordered a MRI of my hip and spine, spine? I didn't at the time understand why?Tthe results came in that I had an annular tear, herniated disk and some other small issues of the L4/L5 she sent me to a orthopedic. Orthopedic recommended PT and Pain Management, at this time I had NO back pain at all. The pain down my leg was painful, almost numb, strange feeling. I had PT but never went to PM. I refused the injections. Over the next two years, my entire right side from my thigh down is painful to numb. Last summer my back started to hurt, and ever since the pain has increased. I went to a Neurosurgeon in November who said the issue is the chemical that's leaking from the Annular Tear, and that the l4/l5 Herniated disk is is small. He was confident that if I tried the epidural shots,they would reduce the inflammation and I feel back to myself. In the meantime he diagnosed me with mild drop foot and ordered a nerve test. To date, I've had the nerve test(EMG) results came back with severe serve damage. I've met with the Pain Management doctors, to administer two epidural injections and one facet. None of the injections gave me relief, the facet actually caused more pain. 3 weeks ago I had my follow up with the neurosurgeon, who was surprised that I haven't had much relief. He stated that the next step would be surgery, minimally invasive fusion(XLIF). I was shocked by this as was my husband, and we asked if I could attempt PT again. He agreed, I started PT which has been beyond painful. At my consult the PT stated that atrophy is beginning in my calf muscle and that surgery is necessary. She sent a note to the NS, the NS ordered a Discogram, after they received the results they told me no more PT and i'm going in 2 days. The discogram was horrible.... I'm a 35 year old mother of 4 who loves to workout, run, bike, swim, participate in triathlons. Now, I can not run even if I tried. I'm in constant pain(I refused the pain meds) that i've become nasty to live with. The nerve Dr. told me in November that something needed to be done before the damage becomes irreversible. I just don't understand why a fusion? I'm scared and could use any advise...Anyone have Spine Surgery out of Georgetown? Also the Technique is XLIF.

Thank you in advance,


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36 Year old mom of 4 awesome kido's, and married to the love of my life!

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L4/L5 XLIF 6/21/213 to correct nerve damage to my right leg.

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