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post #1 of 23 Old 01-17-2006, 9:47 AM Thread Starter
 
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Herniated disc surgery?

Anyone here had it? My L5-S1 is ruptured like a mother and the pain is unbearable. It's bothered me throughout my life and this current episode has lasted almost a year and is steadily getting worse. I can't sit through a meal or put my shoes on in the morning. It's ruining every aspect of my life. I think it's time for the knife because I'll need mental therapy if I have another half assed riding season. I've actually had to turn down sweet lovin', and I feel like an old fogey.
I've tried pretty much everything except accupuncture: Excercise, PT, epidurals, chiro, massage, walking.
So, who has personal experience? How long did you wait? What was the outcome? If in Atlanta, which neurosurgeon did you use?
Any info or experience is appreciated. Thanks.
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Re: Herniated disc surgery?

Been six years now of 24/7 pain. Blew out two in my lower back and one in my neck. The lower back pain isn't too bad but the neck is a killer. PT, chrio, shots, all didn't help. Ruins everythng in my life. I have friends who are in their 60s that ride and I can hardly move compared to them. If you find a Dr. who can fix it, get it taken care of. It only gets worse, at least in my case. Just turning my head 10 degrees sounds like knuckles cracking. I feel like an old man.

Hope you get it fixed! Good luck!

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I was married to a woman who had two herniated discs. What they did was scrape out the disc to be replaced with scar tissue. It really works. She felt better the moment she woke up from surgery. With all that pressure away from the nerves, a person can only feel better. She enjoyed the therapy and no complaints at all. It cost about $10,000 for all of it and insurance paid over 80 percent.
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WOW!! Six years? Did you have unsuccessful surgery or no surgery? If no surgery, then is it by your choice or your doc's?
I feel your pain, man. (well 1/6 of it)
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I was married to a woman who had two herniated discs. What they did was scrape out the disc to be replaced with scar tissue. It really works. She felt better the moment she woke up from surgery. With all that pressure away from the nerves, a person can only feel better. She enjoyed the therapy and no complaints at all. It cost about $10,000 for all of it and insurance paid over 80 percent.
Do you know if the discs were removed and the vertebrae fused, or if just the bulging portions were trimmed off? They can actually replace discs with artificial ones now, but it's considered experimental, and insurance won't touch it.
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Re: Herniated disc surgery?

Veronica had a tumor around L4, they completely removed it and screwed a titanium tube between L3 and L5, dropped some bones that they took on her hip in it. They told her last December that if she wants, she can go bungee jumping now . Not really an hernia but you can see that they can do pretty much anything....
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Re: Herniated disc surgery?

I've got two compressed discs myself... Been doing chiro for about a year and its okay but it comes and goes sometimes if I sleep on the couch or somewhere other than a bed.

I have considered it but would prefer to not go under the knife when it comes to the spinal cord. But then again, I am ignorant on the whole procedure...

Keep us posted on how it goes and what you decide.

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I understand your pain and all that...I know that can ruine your life every single day, and not be able to do simple things like putting sox... That's SUCKS....I felt that pain 2 years long....Since my surgery, 4 years ago, I'm like new...
I don't know about neurosurgeon in U.S. but if I'd got an excellent one in Québec, I bet you can find a excellent-excellent one in U.S.!!!
For the price...I don't paid (Quebec's health care is free.. ) but, my docs told me that was a 35 000 surgery...but I was in very, very bad shape...

Anyway, My advice is...Go on with the surgery, if you can, That change my life!!
Good luck....

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....they don't only took off the tumor but my L4 vertebra completly...
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Re: Herniated disc surgery?

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Do you know if the discs were removed and the vertebrae fused, or if just the bulging portions were trimmed off? They can actually replace discs with artificial ones now, but it's considered experimental, and insurance won't touch it.
The surgeon simply cut it out, scraped the surrounding tissue to promote scar tissue. It healed within a few months and she was quite limber.

She was a new person after her pain was gone. I never got any sleep after that. She was a sex maniac and her good back nearly killed me. She would wait when I got home from work and wake me up ever hour or two just to get her fix.
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Re: Herniated disc surgery?

Interesting. I'm going to the doc today to request a referal for surgery. Thanks for all the info. Maybe I'll meet a girl getting the same surgery so that I can help her get her "fix".
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Re: Herniated disc surgery?

I had a herniated and a bulging disc a couple of years ago. Adjustments from my D.O. didn't touch the pain after my first dirt bike outing. After an MRI at my request, I find out that indeed I'm hurting for a reason. My ortho doc said that since the Vioxx has actually helped with the pain and inflamation, just wait it out. After a few months of Vioxx alternating with Ibuprofen, it improved. This ortho doc tells me that only 60% of people with herniated discs need surgery and of those, %80 still have pain afterwards. Odds didn't look good so I waited it out. After a year of 800mg IB twice a day, it got much better. Now I have reflux which I have no doubt had something to do with all that IB....

If you do need surgery, find someone who'll do orthoscopic and try to find a neurosurgeon, not an orthopaedic doc to do it. I spoke with 6 guys from work who had the surgery and most said they still have bouts with pain occasionally.

I still need regular adjustments from my D.O. since somehow, I routinely get one leg shorter than the other. When I feel pain like that old disc problem, I go get crunched and the next day, I'm a new man.

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Re: Herniated disc surgery?

I haven't had the surgery but I take the x-rays for about six of these every day. With the neuro surgeons here it takes about a half hour from first incision to wake-up time.
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WOW!! Six years? Did you have unsuccessful surgery or no surgery? If no surgery, then is it by your choice or your doc's?
I feel your pain, man. (well 1/6 of it)
I had a MRI after my regular Dr recommended it. No surgery. The surgen didn't think my type of injury could be fixed. It was 3 years ago. At the time they said the ruptered disc gets re-absorbed by the body and more than likely the pain I get it from bones rubbing on each other and nearby nerves, instead of pain directly from the ruptered disc hitting something. I didn't see why they couldn't do surgery to cut away the bone causing the pain but that's what they told me. I hate Dr's.

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Yeah, I haven't been very impressed with any doctors so far. I got my fourth epidural today to hold me over until surgery which I got a referral for. Woo hoo!
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