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Stem Cell injections to lower back

edited 02/02/2016 - 8:05 PM in Degenerative Disc Disease
I have had a long history of multilevel degenerative disc disease. After 13 years of injections and pain management, I decided to have Stem Cells taken from my bone marrow and injected into L4 L5,L5 S1. 2 levels. This was done in March of 2013. I improved for about a year but back pain returned with a vengeance. Was worse than ever.
After Rhizotomies and more blocks I was not able to function. I finally underwent a 2 level spinal fusion Nov. 2015 and Neuro Surgeon stated he had never seen anything like it. The stem cells that were injected had calcified and were growing bone in disc space pushing out on spinal cord. I was aware that the stem cells could take on characteristics of disc material OR bone. Mine formed BONE and was fusing itself. Not in a good way. I am 3 months Post op spinal fusion with pedical screws and rods and disc spacers. Slow healing but I know I have made the right decision for me. Read ALL you can about Stem Cell Therapy and realize the risk involved. When you are hurting, you will take risk. I am not upset with [edit] that took care of me because they explained clearly that They didn't KNOW what might happen. It was experimental and I TOOK THE RISK. Every patient is different as well as out comes.
I worked as a surgical nurse for 24 years and hurt my back lifting patients and trays of instruments. I was very aware of my options and take this one day at a time. Back issues are never cured, JUST MANAGED
Renee Roth


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 02/02/2016 - 8:05 PM
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • AJGormitAAJGormit Posts: 376
    edited 02/02/2016 - 9:51 PM
    Thank you for posting this and welcome to the forum. I have heard about stem cell treatment and had planned to do some research on this subject. Your condition is very similar to mine and it has been interesting to hear the outcome of this treatment .. quite amazing that our cells can take on a different indentity :-). So sorry it was the wrong indentity for the purpose you required.

    Very glad to hear the surgeon has managed to operate and hope this will lead you to a successful outcome and less pain
    Get well wishes
    L5/S1 herniation Apr 2013
    nerve root injections Oct 2013
    L5/S1 discectomy Jan 2014
    L5/S1 nerve roo &, facet joint injections & edpidural Jan 2015
    L5/S1 revised discectomy, L4/L5 discectomy & Wallis Inswing Stabilisation L4/L5 May 1st 2015

  • PlumbTuckeredOutPlumbTuckeredOut Philadelphia, PAPosts: 325
    That would have been AMAZING if it had worked!  What a bummer!  Thanks for taking the time to tell us about it.  I guess we have many more years of research but it's amazing what stem cells can do!


    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by...... (Robert Frost)
    I still don't know if I should have taken the one that said, "Caution! Dead End" (Me)
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