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Old 10-24-2008, 12:29 PM
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Have you or anyone you know had back surgery?

I am not one to spill my private matters, but I have been having a few serious health issues for over a year now. I have been having muscle twitches 24/7, weakness, numbness, etc. I have going back and forth to doctors for the past couple of months, spending thousands of dollars on various tests. This has impacted my life greatly, as I have always been one that loves working out, hiking, etc. To make matters worse, I basically blew my back out a few weeks ago. I am not even sure how I managed to accomplish that act of stupidity. I now have 2 bulging discs and 2 herniated discs. I can barely walk, unless I am pilled out of my mind on pain meds and NSAIDs. My neurologist told me that I have 4 choices. He told me I could get a steroid shot, pain meds and NSAIDs, physical therapy or surgery. I have lost all feeling in my left leg below the knee and my foot feels like it is constantly asleep. Has anyone had surgery on their back or know of someone that has had surgery? I am beginning to think it is my only option, unless I want to end up on the show Intervention

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omg!! Christine Im so sorry to hear that!!!
My friends mom has had surgery on her back I believe for a disc also and it was very successful, she took quite a few months to get back to normal almost a year , but it was manageable. God I hope everything works out for you so sorry.
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My very close girlfriend had to have back surgery a year ago do to bulging discs. It did not correcct the problem and she still has tremendous back pain. The Doctors say she probably needs to have another surgery. She is only 23. She still experiences the loss of feeling in her leg that you describe. I have personally taken her in to the ER a couple times when it has gotten really bad and they give her a Steroid shot each time.
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Thanks ladies for the input. I have an appt. next Thursday, so I have much thinking to do in the next few days. I am trying to keep a positive attitude about things. It has been a very trying year for me. My mom was also diagnosed with Lung cancer a few months ago and I have been trying to take care of her. I am leaning toward surgery, so I can go ahead and get on with making a baby. I have had to put that on hold temporarily. I will be 34 in a couple months and my time is running out I will be the scary old lady with about a 100 cats if I don't get a move on it.
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Old 10-24-2008, 01:06 PM
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Christine -- I am so sorry to hear you are going through such a rough & trying time. I am glad you are keeping a positive attitude. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I don't know anything about back surgery.
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I am not one to spill my private matters, but I have been having a few serious health issues for over a year now. I have been having muscle twitches 24/7, weakness, numbness, etc. I have going back and forth to doctors for the past couple of months, spending thousands of dollars on various tests. This has impacted my life greatly, as I have always been one that loves working out, hiking, etc. To make matters worse, I basically blew my back out a few weeks ago. I am not even sure how I managed to accomplish that act of stupidity. I now have 2 bulging discs and 2 herniated discs. I can barely walk, unless I am pilled out of my mind on pain meds and NSAIDs. My neurologist told me that I have 4 choices. He told me I could get a steroid shot, pain meds and NSAIDs, physical therapy or surgery. I have lost all feeling in my left leg below the knee and my foot feels like it is constantly asleep. Has anyone had surgery on their back or know of someone that has had surgery? I am beginning to think it is my only option, unless I want to end up on the show Intervention

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i'm sorry you are going through so much right now.

my mom had back surgery on a herniated disc about four years ago. she was experiencing severe tingling and numbness in her right leg. basically, but the time she was diagnosed her leg was basically "going dead".

her surgery was successful in that it stopped the progress of her nerve damage and the discomfort from the pressure on her nerve. however, she still has not regained all the strength in her right leg. she did run a marathon earlier this year though (her first ever), but you can definitely see the damage when she runs/walks (it is somewhat lopsided).

i do notice that you write that your neurologist recommended these options for you. have you seen a spine specialist or orthopedic surgeon who offered those same options?
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Old 10-24-2008, 01:36 PM
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^ i agree with zoki, you should definitely see an orthopedic/spinal surgeon for an opinion as well.

my godfather has had 4-5 back surgeries in the last 10 years, and they are incredibly difficult to recover from and like amber noted, they often do not work. i personally would use it as a very last resort. keep us updated!
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Old 10-24-2008, 01:49 PM
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Thank you Damaris for the well wishes

No, I have not seen a spine specialist or orthopedic surgeon. My neurologist ordered a MRI on my lower spine when I told him that I thought something was really wrong with my lower back. I have not even thought of going to another doctor, but I really should get a second opinion. I am glad you ladies brought that up. Do I go ahead with the appt. and tell my doctor that I would like him to refer me to spine specialist?
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^i think you should ask for a referral to see a specialist of the spine.
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I don't mean to freak you out or anything but my step-dad passed away last year during back surgery. It was supposed to be a very simple procedure. Surgeries always have their risks. If there are other options, I would at least give them a shot first.
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Old 10-24-2008, 06:09 PM
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My dh gets numbness & pins & needles sensations in his body too. It started when he was 25. He went to a neurologist, like you, who told him he either had to live with it or get back surgery or take aspirin. He tried physical therapy and that didn't help. Then he went to a chiropractor who worked on correcting his spinal alignment. It has helped out significantly. You may want to look into that as well. He's 39 now and goes to see the chiropractor about once a month or whenever his back is out of wack from lifting something too heavy, etc.

I would probably exhaust all other options before doing surgery.
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I would probably exhaust all other options before doing surgery.
I agree. My Mom has had back problems since her twenties due to an injury and had really bad pain in her back and one leg, she couldn't walk or sit for several days sometimes. One time it got really bad and she spent like 3 or 4 weeks in a hospital having some major treatment followed by physical therapy and that really helped her. She haven't had serious back problems since then for almost 10 years now. I'm not sure what the treatment was ( I was young and it was in Europe) but it was some shots, pills, massages and phys. therapy. You never know how your body would react to different kinds of treatment, so I would try other options first before having a surgery. And yes, definitely get a second opinion.

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Old 10-24-2008, 08:45 PM
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Sorry to hear about this. I have no information to share but just want to wish you luck. One thing though, have you tried accupuncture? My grandfather had hurt his knee and it did not get better for over a year then he went to get accupuncture and he's all better now.
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did you ask about alternate procedures like IDET? it's pretty minimally invasive, but i'm not sure what indications are required to be a potential candidate.
i think they include chronic low back pain, not resolved through nonsurgical regiment like PT, NSAIDs, steroids...
something to look into before seriously considering more invasive surgery options.

back pain is so debilitating
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I've never had surgery but I have broken my back when I was 18. I swear once you have back problems they never go away. I don't have everyday pain but every now & then it acts up really bad. I also have really bad problems with my arms & legs aching, going numb, & tingling often. That is worse than the back pain.

My sister had scoliosis & now has giant metal rods in her back. That isn't your situation but she did have a major surgery that fixed her.

I also have a brother-in-law that had surgery for herniated discs & I think it worked for him.

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I had major surgery on my back but for something different than you are experiencing. I would seek a speacialist first and consider all other options first. I am so sorry you are having these problems and i hope you can get better really soon .
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Old 10-25-2008, 01:58 AM
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My boyfriend's grandma recently had back surgery.. about a month ago. I believe it had to do with her disc which was starting to fuse with her spine, as my bf puts it. Her pain was so terrible.. she wouldn't be able to walk some days and would always cry. She was on strong meds and those never helped her. She's feeling better than ever now. It's like she never had surgery. It's really helped her a lot. I guess you can overcome anything after having a masectomy 2 months beforehand!
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Two friends of mine and my MIL all had back surgery.
You need to see more than one specialist, get two opinions from really great ones and then make a decision. I'd start with that right now.

And don't beat yourself up. You're 34, your time for having a baby is not running out anytime soon.
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I want to thank all of you for your well wishes, opinions and advice. After reading everyone's posts, I think I going to try other options before surgery. I have never had surgery before and my greatest fear is being "put under". I guess it is the thought of having absolutely no control over a situation, along with the risks involved.

I am definitely going to see another specialist or two, before making any decisions. My neurologist never mentioned any alternative treatments like acupuncture, etc. He really did not go in depth with me regarding any of the options. I should have asked more questions, but I was in excruciating pain and overwhelmed at the possibility that I had somehow permanently messed up my back. I will keep everyone updated.

BTW, my sister came over for dinner last night and starting talking to me about adoption. She is already writing me off, lol. She just had a baby 4 months ago. I believe she just wants her son to have a cousin close to his age, regardless of how it happens
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Your sister needs a swift kick where it really hurts.
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I have two herniated discs and am currently going through the "Surgery or not?" issue as well. I was diagnosed with one herniated disc three years ago, at the ripe old age of 19, and after a lot of effort that included PT three times a week and TON of ab strengthening exercises, it got better. Within the past year my back started KILLING me again an I got a lot of numbness in my foot...I finally was able to get back to the doctor this past summer and they found out that the disc above the other one had herniated too.

I would recommend trying the steroid shots at least once...I know some people that they have worked wonders for, and others like me, that they didn't help at all. They definitely won't make anything worse, and if they work, will reduce the inflamed nerves that are causing a lot of the pain. I would also highly recommend PT, as a huge part of my problem is that my back spasms when it hurts, and just makes the whole situation worse, to the point where I can't stand up. My PT basically consisted of stretching, deep tissue massage and stimulation therapy, where they use electrodes to stimulate the muscles but it ends up making them relax. While not targeting the discs specifically, it did make them more manageable.

Also, if you are not already, do stuff to strengthen your abs and core. If the other core muscles are as strong as they can be, it helps to take a lot of weight off of your back and can improve the problem. I found that just sitting on a yoga ball helped a lot, as I HAD to use my core to keep me from falling off, and it got them into shape very fast.

DEFINITELY get an opinion from an ortho surgeon (who operates on backs) and a neurosurgeon. I have my first appt. with a neurosurgeon soon, just to see what he has to say. I worked with an ortho surgeon for a few years and just want to say that, with back surgery, and especially spine surgery, it is always hit-or-miss. With a microdiscectomy (the most likely procedure you would get), there is always the chance scar tissue will form that will mimic the herniation itself. And in cases where MULTIPLE discs are affected, the chances of success are reduced even more. Not trying to deter you, but that is just what I've found out while dealing with my own issue. I would definitely recommend the more conservative options first...if they do not work, or stop working, as is the case with me, then look into surgery.

Also, what NSAID are you taking? I've found that some work better than others, and they don't have some of the issues associated with "real" pain meds haha.
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My Mom has had back surgery 3 times and the third time was the charm. Third Dr. is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes only in back surgeries and after healing from her surgery, she said she actually was able to sleep through the night (which she hadn't done for many, many years).
Good luck.......and as others have said, I also highly recommend seeing an orthopedic surgeon, one who specializes in backs!
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I have two herniated discs and am currently going through the "Surgery or not?" issue as well. I was diagnosed with one herniated disc three years ago, at the ripe old age of 19, and after a lot of effort that included PT three times a week and TON of ab strengthening exercises, it got better. Within the past year my back started KILLING me again an I got a lot of numbness in my foot...I finally was able to get back to the doctor this past summer and they found out that the disc above the other one had herniated too.

I would recommend trying the steroid shots at least once...I know some people that they have worked wonders for, and others like me, that they didn't help at all. They definitely won't make anything worse, and if they work, will reduce the inflamed nerves that are causing a lot of the pain. I would also highly recommend PT, as a huge part of my problem is that my back spasms when it hurts, and just makes the whole situation worse, to the point where I can't stand up. My PT basically consisted of stretching, deep tissue massage and stimulation therapy, where they use electrodes to stimulate the muscles but it ends up making them relax. While not targeting the discs specifically, it did make them more manageable.

Also, if you are not already, do stuff to strengthen your abs and core. If the other core muscles are as strong as they can be, it helps to take a lot of weight off of your back and can improve the problem. I found that just sitting on a yoga ball helped a lot, as I HAD to use my core to keep me from falling off, and it got them into shape very fast.

DEFINITELY get an opinion from an ortho surgeon (who operates on backs) and a neurosurgeon. I have my first appt. with a neurosurgeon soon, just to see what he has to say. I worked with an ortho surgeon for a few years and just want to say that, with back surgery, and especially spine surgery, it is always hit-or-miss. With a microdiscectomy (the most likely procedure you would get), there is always the chance scar tissue will form that will mimic the herniation itself. And in cases where MULTIPLE discs are affected, the chances of success are reduced even more. Not trying to deter you, but that is just what I've found out while dealing with my own issue. I would definitely recommend the more conservative options first...if they do not work, or stop working, as is the case with me, then look into surgery.

Also, what NSAID are you taking? I've found that some work better than others, and they don't have some of the issues associated with "real" pain meds haha.
Thank you so much for all the helpful info! I hope you are able to resolve your most recent herniated disc without surgery. I certainly underestimated the impact a bad back can cause with just simple tasks. I use crutches most of the time now to take the weight off my left leg.

My mom got a steroid shot for her hip and it only provided relief for 3 weeks. I know of one other person who got a shot, and they said it only helped for 2 weeks. If I thought It would last a couple of months, I probably would get one. I hate to admit, but I am also afraid of the pain. My lower back is so tender that the thought of someone sticking a needle in that area makes me cringe. How bad did it hurt?

I am definitely going to give PT a shot. It certainly can't hurt to give it a try, plus I would love to learn some exercises that I can do without hurting myself. I use to go to the gym 5 days a week, now I am not even able to walk on a treadmill. I think that depresses me more than anything. The things I use to take for granted

He put me on Panlor for the pain and Indomethacin for the inflammation. I think the Panlor stopped working for me. The past few days have been almost intolerable. The Indomethacin works pretty good, but I can only take 1 a day. It says take 1 every 12 hours. If I take it like directed, I feel like I am going to die. My head feels like it is going to explode and the hearing in my left ear is dulled.
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the panlor is only a codine/tylenol drug - it might not be strong enough for the pain you are experiencing
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I am not sure if I'm inventing that you live in a somewhat rural area...my best advice about any major health issue is to get a second & third opinion from a specialist-- even if it means driving to the nearest big city with many excellent options.
I have never had back issues (thank god!) but I have heard that acupuncture and chiropractry (again, make sure you only see someone who comes with many recommendations and has been practicing for many years) can be good things to try before going to surgery.
My mom had a bulging disc and had steroid shots that I think ended up helping her. She wasn't able to be on her feet at all for a while before she had the shots.
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