I am a long term back pain victim, 4 operations, last 8 months ago and still in a lot of pain. Orthopeadic surgeon wants me to have Lumbar Steroidal Injection (block). Has anyone had this and if so, how did it go. I am concerned about possible damage to nerves and also any side effects long term.View Thread
Hi Reneeln I am in Astralia and have a similar story to tell. My surgeon is highly regarded Orthopeadic surgeon, studied many years in US and is very good. Unfortunately they all have giant egos and do not give enough consideration to options or advising patients of the need to live cuatiously. I had the same surgery, after 8 months told I could go back and play golf, bang out went the disc above. Vertebra collapsed, disc popped out and pushed on various nerves same as you - how unlucky were you that you just sneezed, but I have heard of that also.
I had another operation where they leveled it and pushed the disc back into place in a small 'cage', all secured by screws etc. Some early improvement but after a few months it stalled and I am going nowhere. Lots of sciatic and constant pain. I wish I could give you some advice and hope, but I have 20 years of back pain, 4 operations in all. If you are being treated by Neurosurgeons as I was at first, not sure you are on the right track, better with Orthos, but in the end as you say it is all about the almighty dollar and nothing else matters.View Thread
Thank you for responding.First operation: I had no disc left between L4/5 (dont know how you are still standing was the Ortho comment). Fused the disc and inserted a prothesis at L1 (virtually a shock absorber that is what it looked like). My ortho had studied for 7 years in the US and very few do this type of surgery in Australia. After 7 months was told I could go back playing golf and I was feeling quite good but still a little stiff but believed this would improve, Second game of golf popped L3/4 and sciatic and back pain returned. Eventually 8 months ago had further surgery as that disc had collapsed at one end, put in a 'spacer' to level and then used a titanium cage to push the disc into position. At first was improving but then found I stagnated and pain was not decreasing, was doing physio. Onset of severe leg cramps in both thighs, hamstrings are like rocks and very painful to try and stretch. Pain across back, into backside and around into groin, testicles, both sides. Cannot walk very far, legs feel very heavy after a short distance, sitting less painful but uncomfortable after a time, same with standing. Will never undergo surgery again, better off putting up with the pain. I am never free of pain. I am using a frequency generator from Hulda Clarke, a US product and it seems to be helping a little. The theory of this is that parasites are the cause of many of human ailments? Jury still out there with me.View Thread
I am new to this forum, joined in the hope of getting some feedback from others who may be experiencing same problems, moreover, a 'cure' if there is one. Had L4/5 fusion 4 years ago, told to go back playing golf after 8 months, popped L3/4. Surgery 8 months ago, now experiencing severe leg cramps, hip pain particularly at bedtime but not limited to that time. Still having 'stabbing' type pain in back, groin and testicles. Doing physio, exercises (mainly in the pool) hamstrings are like rocks and no movement so physio tells me and just too painful for too much stretching although I do as much as I can bear. This second surgery has been my worst for pain and recovery, 62 years old but keep getting awoken at night with severe hip pain and cramps. Anyone else had this and did they find a solution - HELP please.View Thread
Most of the comments here seem to be at least 3 years old I wish I had read them before undergoing my back surgeries (2) over past 3 years - I would not have proceeded. The success rate is just not high enough and nothing like the 'success rate' that was thrust at my by my surgeon. I am in Aussie and it cost $80k both surgeries, mine was covered excpet for hospital excess. My last one 8 months ago has caused me great pain after initial improvement, I went down hill and have seen this has happened to others. I great horrendous thigh cramp pain and hip pain of an evening which wakes me up. I exercise (mainly in the pool) can only walk short distances, stand or sit for long time causes pain etc. all that others have reported here. I would say to anyone considering such an operation, give it a lot of consideration and if you can avoid it do so.View Thread