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Need help with making the best decision for L5S1 4mm herniated disc, 3 years post discectomy

edited 12/26/2015 - 8:54 PM in Lower Back Pain
Hello all,

I am 3 years post L5S1 Discectomy w a new 4mm herniation in the same place. Is this considered failed surgery? I had relief until 3 months ago.

I've tried a little chiro and accupuncture. I am now looking into Spinal Decompression (cost 3600 for 24 sessions), included for this price is cold lasar, Stim, litle adjustments, ice, and rehab exercises. I want tp get feedback on how effective this is from the members here please. It is a lot of money and not covered by insurance and I am not working at present no income coming in living off of savings. I do have insurance but it does not cover chiro, however I did get a recommendation for the SD from my Pain MD so I will call Blue Shield Monday to inquire if any of it can get covered.

The other choices are Lamenictomy Discectomy, Spinal Fusion or Disc Replacement. Please weigh in on what you think is best.

I am a 54 year old female, used to be very active, Pilates Teacher many years ago. Was in a bad accident in 2006 and then reinjured in 2009. Mnay epidurals, pain meds, etc.

I only want to do one more procedure if I can help it. I need to get back to work and have no disability coming in either.

I would sure apprecaite some guidance. This has taken over my life.

Many thanks

Kristina M

Kristina M


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