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Miracle injection

Some of you may remember a couple of months ago I had debilitating sciatica and numb two little toes a half of sole of foot. I was in more pain than ever in my life. Had to use a wheelchair to get around the house and screamed getting to the bathroom. I went to a Neurologist who did a nerve conduction test which confirmed it was the S1 nerve root. He said he felt I needed to have my artificial disc at L5S1 removed and fused. When I finally got to see my surgeon's PA she said he wanted to try a nerve root block first under Floroscopy. It worked in a day. It's truly is a miricle! My sciatica pain is ALL GONE! My foot is still numb however. I had a Myelogram yesterday hoping it will give us a clue since my artificial disc is obscured in the MRI. I wanted to wait a while before posting my good news, but it's been over two weeks. My surgeon said in some people it only last a few weeks, others a few months or a few years. I hope I'm the latter. Give it a try if you have bad sciatica.
Artificial disc at L5S1 for 10 years. Had 3 Level lumbar fusion and Laminectomy on Sept 27, 2013. It was an OLIF (Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion) with cages, BMP, rods & screws. Norco, Plaquenil


  • I just saw your post about coming to check our your entry here. I'm glad it helped you. It's been over a month now. How is the sciatica now? Hopefully it's still under control.

    I still have not went in for the injection as I have been trying to give as much time as I can for this to heal work itself out. It hasn't been easy and some days I am almost to the point of calling to set up the appointment, but I haven't made the call yet.

    I guess I'm just not thrilled about someone poking around in an area that is still tender and healing, but I can tell that I am not going to be able to deal with this for too much longer. Either it's going to heal up or I will have to go in for the injection(s) and hope it makes a difference.

    Take care.
    Sept 11, 2009 L4/L5 Microdiscectomy
    April 12, 2013 C6/C7 ACDF
    May 27, 2015 L4/L5 ALIF with PLIF
    Too many cervical and lumbar injections to list, including RF Ablation C3-C6 on the right and left.
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