I'm a first time posted and did search before posting so here we are. I'm hoping somebody could please provide some insight into their joirney or who to see and what to do.
I'm 32 and have a herniated L4-L5 and L5-S1. Seen osteos, physics and chiros for months. CT and MRI show 'empty' discs and bludging into the left nerve root causing immense lower back pain. Have had 3x cortisone injections into those discs (5cc each) with no luck. My orthopedic wants to fuse but also said I'm too young and that he won't perform unless I absolutely want it. My neurosurgeon initially said he wouldn't do anything; however, he has now suggested a fusion too given the pain is now running down my left leg (inner quad, partial groin, outer shin), tingling on left foot and some weakness.
I saw a pain mgmt specialist who wrote me a prescription for Norflex. Current meds are lyrica 75mg twice daily, celebrex 100mg twice daily, Norflex 100mg, w done 5mg, Diazapan 5mg.
Not sure what to do now. Get more MRIs? See the same neuro for fusion (which I don't want)? See another neurosurgeon?
Would I be a candidate for a microdiscectomy? Surely that would be a starting point than irreversible surgery?
I'm also seeing another specialist to see whether I'm a candidate for Intradiscal Electrothermal Annuloplasty (IDET).
Just wondering how you’re getting along? I too have herniated discs at L4-L5 L5-S1 and am 33. The lower back pain is horrendous and incessant!
Has your pain improved? Are you still considering a fusion?
I recently saw [name removed by moderator] at the Metro Pain Group for a Discogram after a second MRI which showed further bulging and herniation. The good news is that those two discs are the root cause of the pain. The bad news is, that there's not a great deal that can be done due to their degenerative condition.
I'm seeing a stem cell specialists next Monday and another spinal specialist to consider a L5-S1 fusion and L4-L5 artificial disc replacement (rather than a two-level fusion which will degenerate the L3-L4). Both options have pros and cons but it's at the stage where pain killers and exercise (p)rehabilitation no longer help.
I'm hoping to have all the information to make a decision fairly soon. At the end of the day, quality of life is the main thing and living in chronic pain has a physical, mental and emotional impact.
And with no disrespect to the public system, don't waste your time: The RMH rejected my referral last week (sent in early-December 2017) and I'm on a 4.5 year wait at St Vincent's Melb -both due to being "non-urgent" and "non-life-threatening".
I have edited your post and removed the doctors name. We cannot post the names of any physician here on the forum without their permission, because some are not happy about it. You are okay to put down the names of clinics and hospitals, providing they are only positive posts and not criticisms.
Thanks for your understanding.
I wish the ring (this Chronic Pain) had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened. (Frodo Baggins)
So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide, is what to do with the time that is given to us. (Gandalf the Grey)