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First Name
Helen

City
Tarrytown

State/Province
NY

Country of Residence
US

Health Interests
Healthy Aging, Healthy Living, Women's health issues, Bone, joint, and muscle disorders

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Sat, Nov 16 11:39am · surgery or no surgery - herniated disk in Spine Health

thanks you for your response. Update – I knew about the alternative of "going under" to get the shot – and I actually started to consider it seriously – but then when I thought of the hassle of getting someone to pick me up, having to stay home afterwards until the anesthesia wears off – I thought I would try to get the second shot without it. I did and it wasn't as bad. I took 2 painkillers before the shot, and I asked the doctor to douse the area with extra numbing stuff. I also concentrated more on my breathing during the procedure – something I got from yoga and Pilates classes I take. It was much better. I had also been healing. At this point I think I may be out of the woods in terms of surgery. I'll know more next week. I want to thank everyone who contributed to this post. It helps a lot to hear from other people who have gone through the same thing.

Helen

Wed, Nov 13 11:51am · surgery or no surgery - herniated disk in Spine Health

thanks so much, Justin. I don't know exactly what kind of surgery – the doctor said there would be a small incision in my lower back – and they go in with a tiny microscope and sort of smooth out the disk that is herniated. It is not major spine surgery – where they open you up. I'm not there yet – and would certainly get a second opinion before I do anything like that.

Helen

Tue, Nov 12 8:16am · Herniated discs, history of injections, is it time for surgery? in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Thanks so much for your words of encouragement. I will probably go for the injections

Mon, Nov 11 9:17pm · surgery or no surgery - herniated disk in Spine Health

HELP! I just got a herniated disk – about a month ago which resulted in very painful sciatica. I got a cortisone injection – hurt like hell – and it relieved some of the pain – but it still has not gone completely, and I am still in some pain. Now the doctor wants to give me another injection. Oh my word. He said that I would still need about 2 more injections. If it then does not improve – I will need surgery. I am scared to death.

Mon, Nov 11 9:12pm · Herniated discs, history of injections, is it time for surgery? in Bones, Joints & Muscles

HELP! I just got a herniated disk – about a month ago which resulted in very painful sciatica. I got a cortisone injection – hurt like hell – and it relieved some of the pain – but it still has not gone completely, and I am still in some pain. Now the doctor wants to give me another injection. Oh my word. He said that I would still need about 2 more injections. If it then does not improve – I will need surgery. I am scared to death.

Mon, Apr 22 1:49pm · Having trouble keeping your balance? in Healthy Living

the link is really good advice. Thank you.