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Not my lower back now...



  • My PM called today and said the MRI shows two bulge at L5 &S1 with arthritis and facets (misspelled) problems in my lower back, what ever that means? He is referring me for a epidural. I had a epidural before my two neck surgeries, but it didn't help, I sure hope this epidural will ease the bulge and help my left leg problems.
  • Not to sound like a broken record, but your experience sounds similar to mine. Injured lumbar spine 37 years ago, herniated cervical disc 1.5 years ago and had foraminotomy for that, now at age 62 have L5 nerve root compression and am scheduled for L4-S1 PLIF in September. Have DDD, arthritis, bad facet joints, etc. It sounds like many of us go down this same road. I have pretty much figured out that if you have degenerative changes in one part of your spine, you probably have or will develop them in other parts of your spine. I hope the ESI relieves your symptoms but if it doesn't you'll have plenty of empathy from folks here on this board!

    2009 Foraminotomy C6-72010 PLIF L4-S1Multi RFA's, cervical inj, lumbar injLaminectomy L3-4 and fusion w/internal fixation T10-L4 July 17Fusion C2-C5 yet to be scheduled
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  • To give you a little hope, I also have/had a bulge, although at L4/5, and my symptom was sciatica down both legs. The ESI helped me tremendously and the sciatica never returned.

    My major, unsolvable-by-injection problem was with stenosis and facet swelling/loss of lubrication. The FJI didn't help so I ended up having surgery, but I just wanted you to know that many times an ESI can help with the disc bulge and the symptoms that come along with it.

    Good luck and keep us posted.
  • I'm 39 yrs. old had my 1st fusion 3 yrs. ago on c5-6.
    I then had revision surgery of the c5-6 in October of last year due to 3 screws that backed out and a fusion that didn't take. All along my lower back was getting worse !! I flew to Texas this week to consult with a doctor who specializes in Artificial Disk Replacement. I'm now pending a Hybrid Surgery (artificial disk replacement at L4-5 and fusion L5s-1)I know how frustrating and upsetting it is ! It feels like there's no light at the end of the tunnel.Hang in there your not alone and with time things will get better. I know this is an old saying but take things one day at a time.I wish you the vey best. Take good care. >:D<
  • Well did the epidural this morning and felt no improvement so far but it may take 3 days. The doctor did say my problems may be my neck again causing all these systems I am having, this is the last thing I want to hear. So here comes more x-rays, mri's, I am sick of all this crap, I have come to believe that if I could just stay as I am and never get worse I could learn to live with these current problems, but the thought of someone telling over and over again tell me "Guess what you have a new problem" SUCKS.
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  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,111
    I feel your pain. You and I are very similar in our medical history. I fear every time they want to do a MRI because with my history they are sure to find something. On a good note the ESI did help my lower back and leg pain. I sure hope it works for you
  • Hey Rick, sorry to hear about your problems. I am currently waiting to recieve the spinal injections. I hope you get the help you need. I feel for you, i am 33 and cant imagine what lays in store for me when I am in my 50's or 60's. If you or anyone ever needs someone to vent to shoot me a message. I have found that even venting on here helps me feel a little better. The people I have met on here are great and its nice sometimes just to know you are not alone. take care and I truly wish you the best.
  • I am female, age 59 going on 60 next month. I injured a vertebrae in my thoracic region 11/20/09. Had it fixed in January, 2010, and then still had pain in lower & mid back. Had Discogram and found I needed a double fusion, so had that 5 weeks ago. I'm still only able to be on my feet for a brief period. Too early to know if this helped or not, and may be months before I know. I hope the epidurals work for you. It's no fun being in pain all the time.
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