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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:23 AM in New Member Introductions
I have been reading all of your comments for months now and was always nervous to chat. Thank you very much for being here, I know now that I am not alone. I was injured 6 months ago at work. I am a secretary. I stood up from my chair and felt a pop, sharp pain and my legs gave out from under me. Before that, I was in good health, even though I am a smoker. Saw an orthopedist. He gave me muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatories, nerve meds and pain meds. I had an MRI which showed herniation at L5-S1 and started PT right away. I have had 3 spinal epidurals which did NOTHING. My legs give out so easily and the back pain can be so unbearable at times I can't even think straight! I had a discogram last week which made evrything worse. I couldn't move for days. Saw my doctor a few days ago. He was short and very much to the point- I have some type of tear in the disk and he is suggesting spinal fusion surgery. I am scared and don't quite understand what is going on. He didn't answer many of my questions. After reading some of your comments about the surgery- it makes me even more nervous. Will I ever be the same or is there no turning back?


  • Nicole and welcome to the forum. You will find a lot of support and understanding here. I must say this though....you have to remember that there are good outcomes for people having surgery , it is just most of the time once they are better then they stop posting here. Having surgery is a decision that only you can make but whatever you decide just know that you are not alone....we are here with you. Please keep us posted as to how you are doing and what you decide to do. If there is ever anything that I can do for you then please just let me know....take care....Miki
  • nicole- welcome to forum. If you are unsure, it may be a good idea to get a 2nd or even 3rd opinion. The surgeon sounds like he wants you to have surgery but I am not sure how quickly he recommends it. You may want to check out the section about back and neck surgery...jade
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  • I just finished contacting an ortho dr in my area. His assistant stated that he does not like to be a pts 2nd opinion but after letting her know my situation she agreed to speak with him tomorrow and will give me a call back with an answer. You're right, surgery is a decision only I can make and it is a very difficult one. Especially now that I have undergone so many conventional methods and none have helped. Here's hoping I can find a dr that will communicate with me and give me another option. Thank you so much for your support!!
  • nicole- hope the ortho 2nd opinion works out. I don't know why they would be afraid to give a 2nd opinion but if he doesn't work out, maybe another one..take care..jade
  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are to offer you support and answer what questions we can. read the "Good News" forum for a read on member's successful surgeries. it might make you feel better. <:P you need to have a doctor you can talk to and get all your questions answered. check the top of the forum under "Conditions" and "Treatments" for some info on your problem. good luck and i hope to see you around. Jenny :)
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  • Hello,

    Welcome to the community. Enjoy here and make your body fit and fine. Here you can share your knowledge and also share your problem with all of us. The surgery you need to have a doctor or consult with a online help support you can talk to and get all your questions answered. Good luck and i hope to you will be okay.
  • Nicole, definitely get another opinion. If your doctor is short, and doesn't answer all your questions thoroughly, then maybe he is not the one for you. You really need someone you feel comfortable with and confident in. Whether NS or OS, make sure they are Spine specialists and have done many many of whatever procedure you need done. Make sure you research your condition and possible treatments thoroughly, and write down your questions to take with you to the doctors appointments. Good luck, Sue
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