Back Surgery

Posted by kitkat100 @kitkat100, Aug 9, 2018

Has anyone had lower back discs fused? I am facing this soon and am trying everything I can to not do this. Powerful shots have stopped working. I’ve heard horror stories and am scared to death to do this. Anyone out there have luck and success with this surgery?

@gailb

@kikake

Welcome to Mayo Connect. I'm sorry to read that you've had problems with your back that now require major surgery. I am a Volunteer Mentor and not a medical professional, therefore I cannot make medical diagnoses or give medical advice. I do offer my experience, knowledge, and support for members of the community.

In December, 2016, I had a laminectomy on my L5-S1 that has given me complete relief of the chronic and acute pain on my left side I was experiencing at the time. I also have chronic pain in my right hip, leg and foot that my surgeon said will require major surgery involving rods and pins to fix. He recommended that I try everything else first to relieve the pain. So, that's what I did. After 2 rounds of physical therapy, acupuncture, and massage that didn't help, I read about Active Release Technique ( ART ) on Mayo Connect. The person who wrote about it said it completely worked for him. In an effort to avoid the same kind of surgery you are considering, I decided to try it.

Research online by Googling revealed that ART involves very deep muscle massage along with limb movement that releases muscles and nerves that are bound together as a result of some kind of trauma. I then researched practitioners in my area of Southern California, and found that they were all chiropractors. I was skeptical about this, so I looked for the chiropractor who had the most ART training and certifications. I also checked with some people I trust and the chiropractor I had picked was highly recommended.

Long story short, I was nearly pain free after 6 sessions over 3 weeks. Hard to believe I know, but true. Over a year later, I am still basically pain free. I go for monthly tweaks, and a couple of times I have overdone things and needed some extra sessions, but it has worked for me. I am off the three pain medications I was taking previously. Occasionally when I have pain now, usually osteoarthritis, I take Tylenol or use CBD tincture. If my back hurts, I take a half pill of my Tramadol 50 mg that I was taking four times a day previously. I rarely need it and when I do, I schedule an ART appointment immediately.

Avoiding back surgery has been my experience, along with the much simpler laminectomy. Prior to my outpatient surgery, I was in a wheelchair, and prior to the ART treatments, I couldn’t walk up or down steps. I do everything I want now, pretty much pain free. I don't know if your back is beyond where I am, because when the surgeon recommended shots I turned him down.

I had watched my brother get multiple shots in his back and they didn't work. Both of my older brothers have had major back surgeries. My 76 year old brother has had multiple back surgeries, and while they have helped, they haven't relieved his pain. My 72 year old brother has had 1 surgery that helped him tremendously at first, but now 3 years later he's having a lot of pain. He does too much though, and will not stop hurting his back. So, I don't know if your surgery will help your pain. As my brother's surgeon told him, the surgery will keep him out of a wheelchair, but not out of pain. He was pretty much pain free at first, but kept injuring it by doing physically demanding work.

I'm hoping that other members in addition to @grandmar and @oregongirl will chime in here. I invite @lioness to give you her wisdom and experience as well. If you're willing to share answers to my questions, it will help us support you.
1. How did you originally injure your back?
2. How long have you been getting shots and what kind are they?
3. Have you sought a second opinion from another doctor?
4. What was your diagnosis after MRIs and other tests?
5. Are you still ambulatory or do you need a wheelchair or walker?

Please share more with us in the community. I am hoping the best for you.

Gail
Volunteer Mentor

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@kitkat100 As we age our backs throughout our lives endure alot ,once we hurt are back as you know it will never be the same Theres a good website you can look at. http://Www.nicch.nih.com through my experience as a retired nurse I tend to help myself with what I can before I have any back surgery .water aerobic are great and less severe on our joints, Yoga,back exercises to name a few I fractured my back in 2005 ,refused surgery but for some it works Im glad this is your decision to make Im just saying what works for me.Are you on any anti-inflammatory meds? I use a ginger-tumeric tea ,taste good and relieves my inflamation

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@oregongirl

I refuse to live in Senior living. I hate being around a lot of women. I have never been social. My kids have enough control of me, don't need another layer if help. At least in my own place, I shut the door, lock it and I am happy. I know I sound hard to be around but when I do have a friend I do my very best to be polite and enjoy their company. My sister on the other hand has been practicing for years on her crafts and pot lucks. She will fit right in. LOL

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@oregongirl Last post didn't go through Testing this one

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@oregongirl

I refuse to live in Senior living. I hate being around a lot of women. I have never been social. My kids have enough control of me, don't need another layer if help. At least in my own place, I shut the door, lock it and I am happy. I know I sound hard to be around but when I do have a friend I do my very best to be polite and enjoy their company. My sister on the other hand has been practicing for years on her crafts and pot lucks. She will fit right in. LOL

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@oregongirl what i nd of shot are you getting may I ask I like to write ,anything even ranting or I,ll write to someone who has hurt me then tear it up helps Havent painted in awhile but love music meditation.

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I guess it is for the pain. In my neck. One week later my spine will also be injected. Actually my Dr assured me they do not touch the spine.

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@oregongirl

I refuse to live in Senior living. I hate being around a lot of women. I have never been social. My kids have enough control of me, don't need another layer if help. At least in my own place, I shut the door, lock it and I am happy. I know I sound hard to be around but when I do have a friend I do my very best to be polite and enjoy their company. My sister on the other hand has been practicing for years on her crafts and pot lucks. She will fit right in. LOL

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Got both

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@gailb

@kikake

Welcome to Mayo Connect. I'm sorry to read that you've had problems with your back that now require major surgery. I am a Volunteer Mentor and not a medical professional, therefore I cannot make medical diagnoses or give medical advice. I do offer my experience, knowledge, and support for members of the community.

In December, 2016, I had a laminectomy on my L5-S1 that has given me complete relief of the chronic and acute pain on my left side I was experiencing at the time. I also have chronic pain in my right hip, leg and foot that my surgeon said will require major surgery involving rods and pins to fix. He recommended that I try everything else first to relieve the pain. So, that's what I did. After 2 rounds of physical therapy, acupuncture, and massage that didn't help, I read about Active Release Technique ( ART ) on Mayo Connect. The person who wrote about it said it completely worked for him. In an effort to avoid the same kind of surgery you are considering, I decided to try it.

Research online by Googling revealed that ART involves very deep muscle massage along with limb movement that releases muscles and nerves that are bound together as a result of some kind of trauma. I then researched practitioners in my area of Southern California, and found that they were all chiropractors. I was skeptical about this, so I looked for the chiropractor who had the most ART training and certifications. I also checked with some people I trust and the chiropractor I had picked was highly recommended.

Long story short, I was nearly pain free after 6 sessions over 3 weeks. Hard to believe I know, but true. Over a year later, I am still basically pain free. I go for monthly tweaks, and a couple of times I have overdone things and needed some extra sessions, but it has worked for me. I am off the three pain medications I was taking previously. Occasionally when I have pain now, usually osteoarthritis, I take Tylenol or use CBD tincture. If my back hurts, I take a half pill of my Tramadol 50 mg that I was taking four times a day previously. I rarely need it and when I do, I schedule an ART appointment immediately.

Avoiding back surgery has been my experience, along with the much simpler laminectomy. Prior to my outpatient surgery, I was in a wheelchair, and prior to the ART treatments, I couldn’t walk up or down steps. I do everything I want now, pretty much pain free. I don't know if your back is beyond where I am, because when the surgeon recommended shots I turned him down.

I had watched my brother get multiple shots in his back and they didn't work. Both of my older brothers have had major back surgeries. My 76 year old brother has had multiple back surgeries, and while they have helped, they haven't relieved his pain. My 72 year old brother has had 1 surgery that helped him tremendously at first, but now 3 years later he's having a lot of pain. He does too much though, and will not stop hurting his back. So, I don't know if your surgery will help your pain. As my brother's surgeon told him, the surgery will keep him out of a wheelchair, but not out of pain. He was pretty much pain free at first, but kept injuring it by doing physically demanding work.

I'm hoping that other members in addition to @grandmar and @oregongirl will chime in here. I invite @lioness to give you her wisdom and experience as well. If you're willing to share answers to my questions, it will help us support you.
1. How did you originally injure your back?
2. How long have you been getting shots and what kind are they?
3. Have you sought a second opinion from another doctor?
4. What was your diagnosis after MRIs and other tests?
5. Are you still ambulatory or do you need a wheelchair or walker?

Please share more with us in the community. I am hoping the best for you.

Gail
Volunteer Mentor

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I will never allow a surgery on the back. The doctor who put concrete in my back warned me I would have pain. Also other Vertabras could become weak. I walk daily at least a mile if weather is not too hot. But I cannot fall period. I fell twice and passed out on last one. I hit concrete head first. I am very fortunate to be alive and menraly well. So Blessed.

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@oregongirl

I too also thought concrete would break loose. I am trusting Dr. Oh my!!!!. Now Monday I am getting shots in my neck and following Monday my back. I am concerned that they stay away from concrete area.

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I certainly will be active. I will know what they shoot me up with. Steroids I assume. Only thing that takes my RA pajn away. I hope it works. I give myself a shot once a week for my RA. Problem however, white cells are killed which kills off my defence.
Which could increase the chance if my
mylona becoming active. I am at 1percent so I will have to stop the RA med soon. Depends on which way I wish to die I guess.

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@oregongirl

I refuse to live in Senior living. I hate being around a lot of women. I have never been social. My kids have enough control of me, don't need another layer if help. At least in my own place, I shut the door, lock it and I am happy. I know I sound hard to be around but when I do have a friend I do my very best to be polite and enjoy their company. My sister on the other hand has been practicing for years on her crafts and pot lucks. She will fit right in. LOL

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@oregongirl information about cbd I gave you was from http:/www.cwhemp.com

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@oregongirl. Yes ,as far as I know they dont they inj. along side of the backbone I forget to tell you I love doing adult coloring received a calendar for next year I will start on you have to stay in the lines lol

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@oregongirl

I refuse to live in Senior living. I hate being around a lot of women. I have never been social. My kids have enough control of me, don't need another layer if help. At least in my own place, I shut the door, lock it and I am happy. I know I sound hard to be around but when I do have a friend I do my very best to be polite and enjoy their company. My sister on the other hand has been practicing for years on her crafts and pot lucks. She will fit right in. LOL

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Yes I have heard about this. I will CK it out

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@gailb

@kikake

Welcome to Mayo Connect. I'm sorry to read that you've had problems with your back that now require major surgery. I am a Volunteer Mentor and not a medical professional, therefore I cannot make medical diagnoses or give medical advice. I do offer my experience, knowledge, and support for members of the community.

In December, 2016, I had a laminectomy on my L5-S1 that has given me complete relief of the chronic and acute pain on my left side I was experiencing at the time. I also have chronic pain in my right hip, leg and foot that my surgeon said will require major surgery involving rods and pins to fix. He recommended that I try everything else first to relieve the pain. So, that's what I did. After 2 rounds of physical therapy, acupuncture, and massage that didn't help, I read about Active Release Technique ( ART ) on Mayo Connect. The person who wrote about it said it completely worked for him. In an effort to avoid the same kind of surgery you are considering, I decided to try it.

Research online by Googling revealed that ART involves very deep muscle massage along with limb movement that releases muscles and nerves that are bound together as a result of some kind of trauma. I then researched practitioners in my area of Southern California, and found that they were all chiropractors. I was skeptical about this, so I looked for the chiropractor who had the most ART training and certifications. I also checked with some people I trust and the chiropractor I had picked was highly recommended.

Long story short, I was nearly pain free after 6 sessions over 3 weeks. Hard to believe I know, but true. Over a year later, I am still basically pain free. I go for monthly tweaks, and a couple of times I have overdone things and needed some extra sessions, but it has worked for me. I am off the three pain medications I was taking previously. Occasionally when I have pain now, usually osteoarthritis, I take Tylenol or use CBD tincture. If my back hurts, I take a half pill of my Tramadol 50 mg that I was taking four times a day previously. I rarely need it and when I do, I schedule an ART appointment immediately.

Avoiding back surgery has been my experience, along with the much simpler laminectomy. Prior to my outpatient surgery, I was in a wheelchair, and prior to the ART treatments, I couldn’t walk up or down steps. I do everything I want now, pretty much pain free. I don't know if your back is beyond where I am, because when the surgeon recommended shots I turned him down.

I had watched my brother get multiple shots in his back and they didn't work. Both of my older brothers have had major back surgeries. My 76 year old brother has had multiple back surgeries, and while they have helped, they haven't relieved his pain. My 72 year old brother has had 1 surgery that helped him tremendously at first, but now 3 years later he's having a lot of pain. He does too much though, and will not stop hurting his back. So, I don't know if your surgery will help your pain. As my brother's surgeon told him, the surgery will keep him out of a wheelchair, but not out of pain. He was pretty much pain free at first, but kept injuring it by doing physically demanding work.

I'm hoping that other members in addition to @grandmar and @oregongirl will chime in here. I invite @lioness to give you her wisdom and experience as well. If you're willing to share answers to my questions, it will help us support you.
1. How did you originally injure your back?
2. How long have you been getting shots and what kind are they?
3. Have you sought a second opinion from another doctor?
4. What was your diagnosis after MRIs and other tests?
5. Are you still ambulatory or do you need a wheelchair or walker?

Please share more with us in the community. I am hoping the best for you.

Gail
Volunteer Mentor

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@oregongirl God is watching out for you I believe in angels ,after my fracture like you Im very careful but fell on back one time I actually felt hands holding me from falling on that part of my back .

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Where do they inject then? When he showed me xrays of my back he showed me the places. I guess I just assumed that. Where do they inject for back

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@gailb

@kikake

Welcome to Mayo Connect. I'm sorry to read that you've had problems with your back that now require major surgery. I am a Volunteer Mentor and not a medical professional, therefore I cannot make medical diagnoses or give medical advice. I do offer my experience, knowledge, and support for members of the community.

In December, 2016, I had a laminectomy on my L5-S1 that has given me complete relief of the chronic and acute pain on my left side I was experiencing at the time. I also have chronic pain in my right hip, leg and foot that my surgeon said will require major surgery involving rods and pins to fix. He recommended that I try everything else first to relieve the pain. So, that's what I did. After 2 rounds of physical therapy, acupuncture, and massage that didn't help, I read about Active Release Technique ( ART ) on Mayo Connect. The person who wrote about it said it completely worked for him. In an effort to avoid the same kind of surgery you are considering, I decided to try it.

Research online by Googling revealed that ART involves very deep muscle massage along with limb movement that releases muscles and nerves that are bound together as a result of some kind of trauma. I then researched practitioners in my area of Southern California, and found that they were all chiropractors. I was skeptical about this, so I looked for the chiropractor who had the most ART training and certifications. I also checked with some people I trust and the chiropractor I had picked was highly recommended.

Long story short, I was nearly pain free after 6 sessions over 3 weeks. Hard to believe I know, but true. Over a year later, I am still basically pain free. I go for monthly tweaks, and a couple of times I have overdone things and needed some extra sessions, but it has worked for me. I am off the three pain medications I was taking previously. Occasionally when I have pain now, usually osteoarthritis, I take Tylenol or use CBD tincture. If my back hurts, I take a half pill of my Tramadol 50 mg that I was taking four times a day previously. I rarely need it and when I do, I schedule an ART appointment immediately.

Avoiding back surgery has been my experience, along with the much simpler laminectomy. Prior to my outpatient surgery, I was in a wheelchair, and prior to the ART treatments, I couldn’t walk up or down steps. I do everything I want now, pretty much pain free. I don't know if your back is beyond where I am, because when the surgeon recommended shots I turned him down.

I had watched my brother get multiple shots in his back and they didn't work. Both of my older brothers have had major back surgeries. My 76 year old brother has had multiple back surgeries, and while they have helped, they haven't relieved his pain. My 72 year old brother has had 1 surgery that helped him tremendously at first, but now 3 years later he's having a lot of pain. He does too much though, and will not stop hurting his back. So, I don't know if your surgery will help your pain. As my brother's surgeon told him, the surgery will keep him out of a wheelchair, but not out of pain. He was pretty much pain free at first, but kept injuring it by doing physically demanding work.

I'm hoping that other members in addition to @grandmar and @oregongirl will chime in here. I invite @lioness to give you her wisdom and experience as well. If you're willing to share answers to my questions, it will help us support you.
1. How did you originally injure your back?
2. How long have you been getting shots and what kind are they?
3. Have you sought a second opinion from another doctor?
4. What was your diagnosis after MRIs and other tests?
5. Are you still ambulatory or do you need a wheelchair or walker?

Please share more with us in the community. I am hoping the best for you.

Gail
Volunteer Mentor

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Well I heard we each have two angels. I heard my Vertibra crack

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@gailb

@kikake

Welcome to Mayo Connect. I'm sorry to read that you've had problems with your back that now require major surgery. I am a Volunteer Mentor and not a medical professional, therefore I cannot make medical diagnoses or give medical advice. I do offer my experience, knowledge, and support for members of the community.

In December, 2016, I had a laminectomy on my L5-S1 that has given me complete relief of the chronic and acute pain on my left side I was experiencing at the time. I also have chronic pain in my right hip, leg and foot that my surgeon said will require major surgery involving rods and pins to fix. He recommended that I try everything else first to relieve the pain. So, that's what I did. After 2 rounds of physical therapy, acupuncture, and massage that didn't help, I read about Active Release Technique ( ART ) on Mayo Connect. The person who wrote about it said it completely worked for him. In an effort to avoid the same kind of surgery you are considering, I decided to try it.

Research online by Googling revealed that ART involves very deep muscle massage along with limb movement that releases muscles and nerves that are bound together as a result of some kind of trauma. I then researched practitioners in my area of Southern California, and found that they were all chiropractors. I was skeptical about this, so I looked for the chiropractor who had the most ART training and certifications. I also checked with some people I trust and the chiropractor I had picked was highly recommended.

Long story short, I was nearly pain free after 6 sessions over 3 weeks. Hard to believe I know, but true. Over a year later, I am still basically pain free. I go for monthly tweaks, and a couple of times I have overdone things and needed some extra sessions, but it has worked for me. I am off the three pain medications I was taking previously. Occasionally when I have pain now, usually osteoarthritis, I take Tylenol or use CBD tincture. If my back hurts, I take a half pill of my Tramadol 50 mg that I was taking four times a day previously. I rarely need it and when I do, I schedule an ART appointment immediately.

Avoiding back surgery has been my experience, along with the much simpler laminectomy. Prior to my outpatient surgery, I was in a wheelchair, and prior to the ART treatments, I couldn’t walk up or down steps. I do everything I want now, pretty much pain free. I don't know if your back is beyond where I am, because when the surgeon recommended shots I turned him down.

I had watched my brother get multiple shots in his back and they didn't work. Both of my older brothers have had major back surgeries. My 76 year old brother has had multiple back surgeries, and while they have helped, they haven't relieved his pain. My 72 year old brother has had 1 surgery that helped him tremendously at first, but now 3 years later he's having a lot of pain. He does too much though, and will not stop hurting his back. So, I don't know if your surgery will help your pain. As my brother's surgeon told him, the surgery will keep him out of a wheelchair, but not out of pain. He was pretty much pain free at first, but kept injuring it by doing physically demanding work.

I'm hoping that other members in addition to @grandmar and @oregongirl will chime in here. I invite @lioness to give you her wisdom and experience as well. If you're willing to share answers to my questions, it will help us support you.
1. How did you originally injure your back?
2. How long have you been getting shots and what kind are they?
3. Have you sought a second opinion from another doctor?
4. What was your diagnosis after MRIs and other tests?
5. Are you still ambulatory or do you need a wheelchair or walker?

Please share more with us in the community. I am hoping the best for you.

Gail
Volunteer Mentor

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I knew I was in trouble.

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@oregongirl

I too also thought concrete would break loose. I am trusting Dr. Oh my!!!!. Now Monday I am getting shots in my neck and following Monday my back. I am concerned that they stay away from concrete area.

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@oregongirl oh dont say that keep hoping thats all we have is hope and our faith ,

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