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How long to keep treating conservatively

CheleCChele Posts: 4
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in Alternative Treatments
Treating my injury conservatively has been the top priority for me from day one. I now have 2 torn discs both IDD- Internal Disc Disruption leaking out the radioactive core fluid onto my sciatic nerve. There is not a day I am not in pain at a level of 6-8 for most of the day. Treatment for disc injury 1 from 3 years ago has been over 2 years- PT, steroid injections, rhizotomy and for the last year Chiropractic therapy of all kinds. Time for surgery?


  • Chele- Welcome to Spine Health.

    Only you can decide when it is time- but I think you have had plenty of conservative treatment. Have you spoken to a Ortho or Neuro (surgeon)?

    What levels are your disc problems at? Are you looking at a fusion? I was wondering if they would try doing a discectomy on your discs- one "quak" wanted to do mine (which were completely flat-leaked out like yours) and it would have been a huge waste of money and time.

    Feel better *** hugs***


  • My decision was years, many years. Had I followed advice of one "cutter" I would have had surgery more than 2 decades ago.

    I feel that it would have just started a path of surgeries that still would lead me to where I am, right now.

    My present surgeon looks me over every 24 months. So with his advice, my issues have been handled by other things. I keep following his advice, because we have long term trust.

    If my discomfort was not being handled, we would revisits surgery and see if something might help, but I also know that all of my issues are degenerative and as a result, there is not much to help things out here.
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  • Chele said:
    Time for surgery?
    Have you looked into Prolotherapy? Surgery is destructive and not the best choice. Prolo is constructive because it strengthens ligaments and improves the health of the joint (lumbar I would guess in your case). It is also natural and safe.
    I'm getting some great results with it.

    For more info on Prolo search youtube on "Prolotherapy lecture" or PM me for more info.

    Good Luck
  • Julie, the tear in L4 is a grade 5 tear which is all the way through from the left. The L5 tear at this point is being called an annular fissure. No one has said the grade of it. The chiro I am seeing someone may want to do micro surgery to stop the leakage which is causing all the pain. I need the pain to decrease to where I can start with the strengthening exercises on my Lumbar back to prevent any more problems.
    Thanks for the advice!
  • Have you tried aqua therapy with your PT yet? I have tried it but did too much at one time but plan to restart again. It's been 2.9 years I've had pain and can't work and no relief in sight for me. Has a Surgeon mentioned you need surgery? Best wishes and hope you can get some pain relief. Maybe your Pain Management Dr. could review your medications with you and help you in some way. Take care. 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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  • Have you consulted an excellent fellowship trained spine surgeon and asked what the chances are that surgery would fix the problem?

    I would think that would be a big part of the answer.
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