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analujaanaluj Posts: 7
edited 03/29/2015 - 9:54 PM in Alternative Treatments
Hi Everyone,
II had a bad car accident my senior year of high school and about 9 months later I started have episodes where I wasnt able to move my legs without insane pain. After countless doctors dismissing me because I was to younge I ended up having surgery when I was 19. Previously to surgery, I had not listened to my body. Even though I been immobilized for weeks on end. Once Id get more mobile id go straight to strenuous work. I ended up hurting my L5/S1. I had a 14mm bulge pressing on my nerve causing numbness in my left leg. After surgery, I still had numbness in the same leg but the initial pain had decreased. My Rehabilitation went fairly well other then the numbness that was supposed to go away 6-9 months. About 1 1/2 after surgery I went back to my surgeon and he had my get another MRI. Following the MRI I had a epidural injection to decrease inflammation on my disc. I unfortunately did not see any changes. I was taking half oxycodone 7.5 about every 6 hours to relieve the constant irritation/pain in my leg. Im trying really hard to not exceed any amount of narcotic if necessary. I had a EMG done to check if any permanent damage to my nerves but it came back ok. **My doctor isn't sure about the test and mentioned doing it again wit another person.** Anyways, fast forward a couple months to where I am now. I decreased in activity to about nothing and quit my job. I was making the bed and was in severe pain for about a week. I had no range of motion in my legs basically had to get dragged to the car to go to the ER for some relief. Then wen to the doctor. He gave me the choice to try to do an epidural on my L4 ( new injury when fixing bed) and PT OR jump to getting a fusion on my L/5 S1 and microdiscectomy to the L/4 in one surgery. I am 21 years old so the doctor was hesitant to do another surgery but because my life is pretty much at a stand still and the nerves aren't responding on my leg from L/5 that it might be wise. He is a very respected doctor but Im reluctant to having another surgery. If push comes to shove I will have another surgery if that is the best solution.

Any feedback about PT or surgery?

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  • unless emergency. There are so many modulaties one can work with and Prolo and PRP are being used more and more to save one from surgery. I've had 2 surgeries in my soon 77 yrs and with both left with nerve damage that I live with, work with you name it. Surgery can help, but often one surgery can lead to another and another.... So, if you come back to check here, let us know how you are. I did years of chiro and PT and massage and and so many modalities....and recently talked my brother out of a fusion/lam back surgery...he was ready to do this as his surgeon said he "needed" it...I told brother work with PT, work with specific exercises and avoid surgery as much as possible, take supps that can help his arthritic back. I know he uses Ibuprofen and I use it as well and keep it minimal...work with other supp pain reducers... He cancelled his appt.
    Bodywide OA, Fibro and complications from Hip Replacement.
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