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?

@oregongirl the spine is encased within our backbone ,my injection was on either side of the back bone in the sacral bones lower 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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@oregongirl. When I fractured my back I was holding a lady from falling in the bathtub I wasn't in a good position all I remember hearing was the pain I screamed so didnt hear cracking.how did you fr.your?

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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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Oh I agree.. but this world is not something I will miss. It is getting pretty bad. Also being a nurse you must know doctors today don't have a clue. The nurse does all the care. My spine doctor is old school and I love him.

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Yes that sounds like what he said. Does it hurt? I was given that amnesia drug when I had lower back done years ago.

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I got out of bed to go to bathroom. I turned wrong way and fell over my dogs steps to my bed. Fell between dresser and lots of stuff on floor vi had barely moved in. How I got to my phone to call ,,911 was a miracle

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@oregongirl

I got out of bed to go to bathroom. I turned wrong way and fell over my dogs steps to my bed. Fell between dresser and lots of stuff on floor vi had barely moved in. How I got to my phone to call ,,911 was a miracle

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Next fall I went from tv room to kitchen. I remember I had a bowl in my hand. Passed out and fell forward . There was blood everywhere. But I came to. Somehow I had walked back to the tv room. I did not see bloody kitchen. My kids worked so hard cleaning that kitchen before I came home. thanks

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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 I agree this world today is not my world of yesteryear when I grew up Now California is burning and some lunatics started the fires around Lake Elsinore because he was mad at his neighbors !????? Nurse s do all the work most Dr,s seevthere pts long enough to check there blood work if its o.k.they think your o.k. Thats why I studied herbs ,homeopathic meds doing the research I know what works for me .

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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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Oh no elsenor? I lived on ocean in Oregon right near where fires are over the mountain. I bet quality of sit is terrible

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@oregongirl

I got out of bed to go to bathroom. I turned wrong way and fell over my dogs steps to my bed. Fell between dresser and lots of stuff on floor vi had barely moved in. How I got to my phone to call ,,911 was a miracle

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@it can happen so quickly After I called my boss to get someone in here ,she sent me to w.c.Dr but I went ,drove to my chiropractor first he told me it was fractured so sent me to hospital ,couldn't believe I drove ??

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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 yes Lake Elsinor I can remember driving over that Mt ., at the high point they would handglide of it , then as we drove down into the town it was a beautiful drive but now gone

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WOW I know. God knew I was home alone and on a blood thinner and I was bleeding. I was able to get up even though it hurt and call 911 and my kids.

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@oregongirl

WOW I know. God knew I was home alone and on a blood thinner and I was bleeding. I was able to get up even though it hurt and call 911 and my kids.

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@Yes we are so fortunate God watches over us and his angelsHope yojr feeling better this morning I slept till 9:00 Hope Im getting back to this I always worked the afternoon shift ,I hate getting up early not a morning person Did you get back to painting last night? Im going today .

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