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Back Pain in WI

Hi there- I'm a back pain sufferer of 15 years. I injured my back when going down a set of stairs and I missed the bottom step coming down on my left foot on a concrete floor. I could barely get out of bed for 4 days and I haven't been the same since. After being told at the time of my injury they didn't know what was wrong I gave up and dealt with the pain. Finally in 2010 after having my two kids the pain was unbearable and I began to search for answers one more time. An MRI revealed a torn L5-S1 disc with the one above it bulging. They also found vertebral degeneration and ganglion cysts present. I saw a chiropractor who discovered my left leg was almost 2" shorter than my right. Adjusting that helped but the pain was still affecting my daily life. Off to the neurosurgeon I went and was told my only surgical option would be a multi-level fusion which he basically refused to perform due to my age (32 at the time). I was referred to pain management and began receiving epidural injections. The first one lasted 2months, the second one lasted 4 months, with the third one lasting a year. It's been downhill ever since. My most recent round had been a facet joint in December, an epidural in February, and my next one is set for the 15th. At this point I'm considering the fusion route!
Thanks for everybody's time, I'm looking forward to learning a lot here!


  • LizLiz Posts: 9,768
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Hello
    I also have a disk extrusion in L5-S1 and the inside disk gel is contacting and displacing my S1 Nerve root causing leg pain every night for 2 years. I hope you find pain relief somehow! I am near Madison WI.
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