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Hi everyone. I'm new here, but have visited this site a few times before. I injured my back seriously doing a cannonball in our pool. Never mind that I was 39 at the time. That was 2yrs. Back then I said I wouldn't let this injury define me and I always bounce back. It's been a tough two years and I'm still hurting. So, I thought talking with folks in a similar situation could help. So here's my list: L5,S1 herniation, lumbar arthritis, bad SI joint, DDD

I just switched up Dr's. My new doc did some troubleshooting with some temporary shots. I got a rhizotomy on some facets and reduced my pain 35-40%. My sciatica has been very painful all the way down to my pinky toe. I also get leg cramps very similar to the nerve grips my big brothers used to give me. So, I go back to talk to my pain doc next week to talk a out the rhizotomy. Hopefully, he has a plan for my sciatica too. I really mean that. Well, I don't want to go on and on. I just wanted to give you guys my background .


  • Hi Bulldog, welcome. I had a herniated disc at L5S1 on the right that the MRI showed it was not just pushing on my nerve but blocking it. I also hace artheritis in my spine as I just found out from my NS yesterday. I had siatica pain and foot/toe numbness. My GP was going to send me down the epidural shot route until the MRI....then she switched me to a NS (Nerosuegeon). Just depends on the diagnosis. Have u had an MRI? Might be a good idea to request one to get a good look at whats going on.
    CA Wife and Mom, 55, L5-S1 Microdiscectomy on 7/12/13
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  • BulldogBBulldog Posts: 3
    edited 09/24/2013 - 9:02 PM
    I had an MRI within this year and the disc was abutted against the nerve but "unremarkable." I also had a myleogram where they fill your spine with dye and put you in a CT scan. That was negative. When I first injured my back it was a large herniation that cutoff strength in my foot. It felt like someone was sawing my leg off. Recently, I had a NS that wanted to fuse my SI. I asked for SI block, but got that AND L5,S1 ESI. That didn't help figure out where the pain was. I went to these guys for two years and decided I was done. Which is scary because there's only so many NS around. I asked my reg Dr why the difficulty? He said because they don't know. He said not all symptoms fall in perfectly with diagnosis. I appreciated his honesty and thoughts.
  • H ave you tried a Ortho surgeon? Physical therapy? I had ALIFL4L5S1 surgery in march double fusion.It was a tough surgery but after 9 mths im back to work feeling great.I had severe back pain and siatic pain down leg .I hope you find someone that can help you stay strong kathy
    Kathy B
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