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Joined: 08/09/2011
My Story:
I had spinal fusion in the lumbar area for Scoliosis when I was 13 yrs. old. I finished school,married and had two children. I had Harrington Rod implants done 26 yrs. ago because the Scoliosis had severly progressed. The rods are from T5 to L3. About 6 yrs. ago I started having excruciating pain in my lower back and burning/tingling in my right thigh. I've been to numerious Dr's., Minimally Invasive Clinic, Chiropractor and Pain Managment with no relief. About a month ago I did some heavy cleaning and since then my back pain is worse and I've now developed Sciatica. Usually a shot of Cortisone in the hip or a dose-pak of prednisone will calm it down but not this time. I saw an Orthopedic Surgeon This past Tues. and he said he could tie onto the rods that are now in place and go down to the pelvic area with more rods and screws and decompress around the nerves. I haven't decided yet whether to have the surgery or not. If the nerve pain doesn't get any better I don't think I will have a choice.


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Thanks Dave. I'm afraid I couldn't get up off the floor once I got down and yes I have...More
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Sciatica Pain
Oh man this pain is terrible. No relief except to knock myself out with klonopin. Hope...More
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Reply: Minimally Invasive Surgery
Hi Georgia, They gave me a shot in the place on my spine where I was complaining of...More
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Reply: Minimally Invasive Surgery
Hello Georgia, I went to a minimally invasive facility two years ago. They give you an...More
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Reply: Relationship between Back Pain and CPR Level?
My Dr. told me that my CRP level would always be high because of my back problems. ...More
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Reply: Should I have spinal fusion surgery?
Joy, what was the purpose of stabilizing the spine if it makes your pain worse...More
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Reply: TLIF on the way
Hello melvind1, I have Harrington Rods from 5T to 3L. I had my surgery for adult...More
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