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Has any one heard about stem cell injections for Disc Degeneration?

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  • Tneitzel said:
    fusions in young people (less than thirty) dont work more than they do. I have had multiple surgeons tell me that.
    Did they tell you why fusions don't work so well in people under 30? Is it just because the risk of other discs failing? or somthing else?
    I'm 24 with a degenerated was herniated L5-s1 disc but the other discs are fine and lately Ive been thinking about a fusion alot more serouisly
  • So I have read through this thread. I am so excited about the future medical advances for the spine. As you can see from my picture... I know a little about fusions. I have never heard that fusions in younger ages didn't work as well. I'm not saying that isn't true or medically researched, but I have not heard that. My first fusion was age 9... it was a multilevel fusion from around T2-L3(ish), honestly don't remember the levels. That fusion went VERY well. In fact I was fused in just a few months, totally, at all levels. I will say that I have had a massive revision of that fusion and a continuation of fusions down to S1 at age 32.... and at the 6 month mark my doctor said he gave me a "C"...lol, that I had started fusing, but he had hoped I would have been further along. I go back in 6 weeks for the year mark to see how the fusion is doing. Maybe there is just something about the years 20-29 and not necessarily "young" or maybe I'm just an exception.... don't know I do think you are wise to consider other options outside of fusions as they are major surgeries. I think they should only be done in cases where you can no longer stand the pain (and since you are researching other options, you are at least tolerating the pain currently) or like in my case where the issues were going to put me in a wheel chair soon if I did not get my spine re-stabilized. I'm hoping the Stem Cells show to be safe and effective enough for the FDA to approve them because I believe they could do so much good for people (especially those in their 20's/30's) who like me were told, "They have the back of an 80 year old."....lol, **as I side note I have seen this 80yo comment many times on this forum and heard if myself from quite a few docs and always wonder... why 80? why do they really like to use the number 80?** My two cents, although I think you are wise for looking into all options, and you clearly aren't ready for a fusion just yet, I'd try to wait until the stem cell treatment is FDA approved. I know there have been times the FDA has approved faulty meds, and I also know that Tylenol would NOT be approved by the new FDA standards, but it is "grandfathered" in... I've been told that by several doctors actually... so the FDA isn't perfect, but it is what we have. Anyways, this forum isn't about judging each other, its about encouraging each other. I wish the best of luck in deciding what is right for you. If it does come down to the fusion, I promise... there is life after, and a great life at that... but I'm hoping for your sake you find a more conservative treatment that gives you the relief you need. It will be interesting to follow you on your journey so keep us posted!
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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  • CampqueenCCampqueen Posts: 2
    edited 06/21/2015 - 8:45 AM
    My son had stem cell injections a week ago in two lower bulging disc. So far no improvement. Reason for injections: he has been in numbing pain for almost three years. Started with a stress fracture and then numbing on his right side from buttocks all the way down to half his right foot. Fingers crossed that the stem cell injections will work.
  • ignis627iignis627 Ormond Beach, FlPosts: 1
    Please, could you update on how did your son do after his stem cell injection sometime about June or July 2015, Thank You in advance
    ircano27@yahoo.com
  • rossrross Detroit MichiganPosts: 36
    Hi Camp Queen
    I am hinking about a sem cell injection ofr a lower disc. How did your son turn out. Did the  disc regress back into its space
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  • it has been several years, but if you are still on this site, wondering how you are doing? I agree with everything you said on you previous post. 
    I had L5  S1 fusion almost 2 years ago, at the age of 39, and it did not fuse! I think I am allergic to the metal, and want it removed. However because my back did not fuse, no doctor will do it.
    Curious how your research on stem cell worked out. and do you know anything about human growth hormones, to stimulate bone growth?
    Hope your doing well.
    YG
  • LizLiz Posts: 9,745
    hello ymg

    this is an old discussion created by a member no longer on the forum so i am closing it.

    you can search for articles on this subject or i suggest you create a new discussion

    please click on this link for useful information

    welcome to spine-health


    Liz, 

    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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