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Artificial Disc Replacement - any advice?

Hi, I'm new to the board! :-) I am a 42 yr old woman who has had a microdisectomy in Dec 2012 (L5-S1). I was doing pretty good, very little back pain and no nerve pain following surgery.

About 3 months ago I started having pretty severe lower back pain again. I don't remember doing anything in particular to injure myself. I used ice and/or heat and advil for a few weeks before contacting my surgeon. He suggested PT exercises, continuing with ice/heat and pain meds. I have been doing that for weeks now. I had an MRI done yesterday which just showed bilaterial neural foraminal narrowing, mild diffuse disc bulge (L5-S1), Moderate bilaterial facet hypertrophy, multilevel degenerative changes.

My back hurts when I sit at work all day, try and bend down, roll over in bed etc. Sometimes it's worse than others but it is always painful. I'm having minimal nerve pain. My right leg starts to "ache" and the pain goes into my hips, but I don't have the tingling sensation I had prior to the microdisectomy.

I am scheduled to see the surgeon again on Friday. Does anyone have any advice or experience with a similiar situation? What treatments did you try? Pain medications? Did you consider having ADR? Was that even an option?

Any information would be appreciated.


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