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Back pain

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in New Member Introductions
=D> New member here, snickers, and glad to meet you all. I was diagnosed with a herniated disc and spinal stenosis. Surgeon recommended full blown surgery. I found a chiropractor who also did decompression. I was on 3 to 4 vicadin/day. Now none. Can it ever heal up totally on its own???????????


  • How long have you had the herniation? What type of surgery are you having and when? I'm amazed you don't need your pain pills anymore, that's good though. How do you handle your pain? Will it ever heal, it depends on the person. Some heal 4-6 weeks, some have surgery. Some get better after surgery, some don't.
    I had decompression surgery (microdiscectomy) last year, and a 2 level fusion with hardware. I had suffered L4-S1 herniation, retrolisthesis L4-L5, severe DDD L5-S1, and other problems. And the pain goes on. I see a pain specialist for all the medications that I'm on to try to combat the chronic back pain and sciatica.
    What level did you herniate, and do you have sciatica? I have to ask you all this to get to know your situation. We're glad to have you here and hope that you enjoy the wealth of advice and experiences. Take care.
  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. please think about a second opinion if you are considering surgery. :? a second opinion can often supply information to support your surgeon or go in another direction altogether. have you tried talking to your doctor about pt or an exercise program? please make yourself at home on the forums. good luck in your pain future. Jenny :)
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  • Statistics say that most back issues do resolve on their own in the first year. Hopefully you will be one of those statistics. Good luck to you and please keep us posted.
  • Welcome to spine-health..
  • I have a herniated disc and tear and I'm hoping it will heal on it's own. I'm seeing another surgeon in January and if he offers surgery I may take up that offer. Too much pain and I see no signs of healing. I'm glad you're off meds. How did the chiropractor do the decompression? Take car. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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