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Newcomer in pain considering surgery

Hello all! I have been dealing with chronic lower back pain for about nine years since a car accident. I recently had an MRI and I am showing both bulging and herniated discs in my lower back. I have tried steroid injections, PT, and acupuncture. All of these have made little to no difference in my lower back pain. I am only 28 yrs old. and can no longer deal with this excrutiating pain and it has severly dampered my way of life, even the simplest of things as sitting in a movie theatre are no longer bearable. I have the most pain when sitting and I do have numbness that travels down the back of both of my legs. My MRI also shows that my bulging disk is compressing the right L4 and L5 nerve roots. Pain meds seem to make no difference either.

I am scared to undergo surgery but it seems that it might be my only hope......... Any words of encouragement or advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks


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  • Maple LeafMMaple Leaf Posts: 8
    edited 06/28/2013 - 11:53 AM
    Hi Kim

    Go for surgery ! I was the same back in 2003. Mine were removed and right from awaking from the surgery I was pain free...so liberating. Obviously I had pain from the surgery but that was nothing compared to what I was having. So my advice is go for it. Hope all goes well for you

    ML x
  • Hi Kim, I'm also 28 and after having a slipped disk ( L1 and L2) for the last 3 summers, and taking the strongest mess that the doctors will prescribe which do nothing so I'm actually fighting to have the surgery done, it feels like its ruining my life because like you just going to the movies is painful to sit there for 2 hours, I'm currently on crutches which means my work won't actually let me work and I love my job!
    I was told there's no guarantee that surgery would help and that I could end up with a scar on my back for no reason but there's also a chance that it could work and as I'm being a bridesmaid this time next year I'm inclined to have the surgery because I don't want to go through life thinking what if?!
    I do feel for you and I hope you get the surgery that you need x
  • Surgery is a serious decision. I think you just have to decide can I live and enjoy my life as I am? If not, then its time for surgery.... If you can't enjoy life now and surgery makes it worse (a rarity, but can happen) then you weren't enjoying your life anyways. Chances are though surgery will improve your life.... your surgeon wouldn't suggest it otherwise. Think about it from the surgeon's side. Sure, he's going to get paid either way... but if lots of his patients have bad outcomes... its not likely he'll stay in business. I'd also suggest getting multiple opinions.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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