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lower back fusion

bcross9842bbcross9842 Posts: 1
edited 07/10/2015 - 3:25 PM in New Member Introductions
i am 63 years old i had 3 laminectomies and a bone fusion of L4 andL5 in the mid 90"s,,,in the last severl years i have considerable pain in the lower back, right leg .numbness of my right foot and toes ,,my right calf muscle has twitched since surgery and seems to be getting worse,,i tried chiropractic but am not happy with it,,i have suma care medicare,,what are my options,,i cannot spend the rest of my life like this,,,,please advise Bob Cross

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robert e cross


  • I know how you feel. Chronic pain is a monster to live with! First I have to say, please, PLEASE stay away from the chiropractor. My specialists have put the fear of god into me. You should NEVER allow chiropractors adjustments on a spine with spine damage. There are some real horror stories out there. Fortunately I went to a chiropractor who took 1 look at my X-ray & refused to touch me. She sent me straight to a board certified spine surgeon. That's the sort of specialist that you should be seeing for advise. Not necessarily more surgery but with your spine I wouldn't seek any treatment that's not recommended by a TRUE specialist.

    When was your last comprehensive check-up by a specialist? Do you have recent MRI's & other diagnostics? It's really dodgy to be recommending anything other than the really little basics to help reduce pain (ice/heat, Epom salts etc.) all the stuff I bet you already know about.
    My friend has had 3 fusions. I'm not saying that you're in the same boat, only a surgeon can tell you what the best way forward is but it's not uncommon for the areas around surgery to deteriorate over time. She's doing so much better since her last surgery.
    I like comparing my MRI results to a Dermatome map to see if my pain & numbness is 'predictable'.

    I'm sorry I can't recommend some magic bullet that will take your pain away. In my experience there's no such thing. Please let us know a bit more about your situation. This community has some great information & advise. Sometimes it's great just to have somewhere to come & vent to people who truly get what I'm going through. Hi & welcome. I hope to see you around on the forums.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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