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essmoe29eessmoe29 Posts: 317
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:49 AM in Lower Back Pain
:)Saw my PT today. Thanks to use of a couple of machines, electrical stimulation, hot packs and exercises done twice a day, improvement of my lower back pain has been awesome - on the 1 to 10 scale, down from an average of 8 to, usually, 3 or 4 (top is 5). The therapist also gave me the good news that, despite what my docs said before the PT started, I stand a good chance of avoiding surgery, which would've been a procedure I utterly dreaded: fusion. Yippee-yi-yay-ki-yay!!!!!

Scoliosis, herniated L4-5 disk encroaching on nerve root, grade 1 spondylolisthesis at L4-5, mild herniations at L2-3 and 3-4.


  • I hope you continue to heal and get stronger, Surgery is always a last option!

    Awesome job! You couldn't have done it without having faith in yourself!


  • This is a perfect example of why surgery is a last resort. Many times conservative measures can stave off surgery and get you back on your feet and feeling good.

    Congratulations, what a great New Years gift.
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  • "You couldn't have done it without having faith in yourself": it also took faith in God, and I don't mean Greedy Orthopedic Doctor (LOL).
  • Glad to hear you are getting good pain relief, essmoe. Happy fusion-less New Year!
  • I love to hear when someone makes progress!
    Live one day at a time and do it with no regrets. I hold my head up high with pride to the fact that i wont let my injury beat me.
    Lumbar surgery 2009
    Cervical fusion C4 to C7 2009
    Neurostimulator 2010
    Heart ablation 2011
    Lumbar fusion L4 to S1 2012 and now L1 2 3 and 4 are split and bulging.
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  • Is your Doc an MD Or a Chrio?
    Just wondering I guess?

    Glad it is working for you. Keep it up!
    C3-4-5 fusion 2005
    C-5-T-1 disk bulged
    L-4-5 bulge to the right, with Microdiscectomy, failed
    L5- Bi-Lateral bulge
    Pain in right foot -loss of feeling
    Left butt, hip and front thigh pain with bad shooting pain into inside ankle sometimes
  • So glad for your good news!! Always great to get to celebrate someone's triumph. It encourages the rest of us that relief may be right around the corner, and I believe that God will be with us through the good and bad, giving us peace, strength and faith.
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