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Severe Degenerative Disk Pain-Lumbar

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Lower Back Pain
:H Hello, this is my very first time posting on this site. I live in Georgia, about 40 miles n/e of Atlanta. I have had severe pain in the L3-L5 region of my back and I am at the end of my rope dealing with the pain. I was diagnosed with DDD about 3 years ago. I have had about 5 epidural steroid injections since 2006, the last one on 8/27/08.

I have not been perscribed any pain meds in the event this was not any better, and I am wondering if surgery isn' my next step? I want to walk, but I can't stand it after 15 minutes. :''(

Can anyone give me any insights on what to do next? I am so glad I found this site!


  • welcome to spine health,have you seen a surgeon yet?have you been to a pain management doctor?
  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i have DDD as you do but have taken a non-surgical approach. you should try everything possible before deciding on surgery.perhaps it is time to see a pain management about some pain medication and pt. you don't say you have tried these to improve on your pain. of course your doctor know best about these things. have you gotten a second opinion? the more information you have the better. surgery is not something to be taken lightly. good luck in your choices! hope to see you around the forum! Jenny :)
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  • Hi and welcome to spine health.
    We are here to give you all of our personal experiences and advice but are unable to offer you any medical advice.

    I agree with the others.
    Have you seen a specialist?? Orthopedic spine specialist or Neurosurgeon spine specialist???
    What do they say if you did???
    Do you have any herniations???
    Meds ?? Because you did not want to take them, or the dr just did not want to give them??
    Do you have numbness and tingling???

    Sorry for all the questions but it helps us better understand your situation. As DDD is normal part of aging of the spine.
    I take it you already have seen a Pain Managment Dr because they are the only ones that do injections.
    No reason to suffer if there is another treatment out there that can make it better for you to cope.

    All consecutive treatments are always tried first from your dr. Usually after those have all been used with no sucess then surgery is usually a last option.

    Hang in there
    Terri O:) O:)
  • save surgery for the absolute last resort. Has any of your docs suggested a rhizotomy(nerve burn)? They have helped me more and longer than the injections do.
  • I just cant take the back L345 s1 pain anymore. 3 surgeries, spinal injections several times, TONS of meds, PT, you name it I have tried it. And now years later I have more pain now than ever before.

    So, I ask you.

    Once a bad back always a bad back?

    Im tired of the pain, and tired of seeing Dr.s

    Is this what I get for my 11 years of service to my community as a EMT/Paramedic. Well....I enjoyed every minute of it!!!
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