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Disk Replacement VS Spinal Fusion VS Steroid Injections?

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

What’s the good and bad points about back surgery?
I’m considering 3 alternatives. 1. Steroid injections for as long as they’ll work 2. Spinal Fusion 3. Disk replacement

Can anyone give me some really good points on the pros and cons of each decision? I’m really all over the place in what to decide. I’m afraid of steroids and the quick fix and brittle bones but I’m also afraid of surgery. So which is the lesser of 2 evils?

Please be as specific as you can with personal experiences if you can and I’m not interested in Chiropractic care so please just stay with those options. Such a hard decision for me!
Thank you Annie D. According to the doctor who diagnosed me with the bulged disks physical therapy won’t do much good because there’s several right in a row. I wish it was an option!
Thank you. Yes, one of them is pressing heavily on a nerve, which is why the option is there for surgery and one of the suggestions from the doctor.

Help with long term back pain, please!?

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

I have suffered from low back and hip pain (different pain in both sides) for several years. The pain and associated symptoms (numbness and pain that radiates down my leg/legs) have continued to grow worse with every passing month. In addition, I suffer from chronic insomnia, sleep bruxism, and frequent headaches. I am afraid that if this continues, I will be unable to work full time. I have already severely limited my lifestyle to exclude all unnecessary physical activities. Simple chores such as cooking and cleaning have become exceedingly difficult to complete.

Diagnostically, I’ve had several x-rays and one MRI of my lower back. These have shown that I have a very minor case of scoliosis and my pelvis is tilted to the right. Additionally, I do have a herniated disk/degenerative disk disease at L4/L5 and bursitis in my right hip. I have also had a variety of lab work, which has ruled out Rheumatory arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis (negative HLA B27 blood test).

My doctors are unwilling to offer any further diagnostic tests, and seem to doubt some or all of my symptoms. Can anyone offer any additional possibilities, either diagnosis or tests? I have run out of ideas and am unwilling to accept that all this pain is completely unrelated. My current list of diagnoses contains about ten or fifteen different problems; some related, others are not.

I do not know if I can stress enough the severity of the pain, or the fact that the pain is not located in one place or limited to one type of sensation. Each diagnosis can explain only one part of the problem, but because everything is getting worse more or less together, I think there is some kind of overall problem. Forgive me for rambling, but I am desperate at this point. All conventional treatment has failed (physical therapy, chiropractic care, epidural steroid injections, pain management, etc.) and the only surgery that has been mentioned thus far is the possibility of a spinal fusion in the future, which I have been assured that it is not a guarentee and comes with its own list of permenant disabilities.

Any ideas are appreciated.

injured my back ….?

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Sept 98, I injured my back with much regret while trying to be helpful. The pain was immediate and during the course of the
next few months, it was determined through an MRI /CT /Myelogram, that I had a T6/T7 Paracentral Disc Protrusion. The pain is continuous and appears to have gotten significantly worse since the accident. I’ve not had surgery. Physical therapy, steroid injections, chiropractic treatment, natural injections – nothing has worked. There are times when I have sharp tearing sensations in the middle of my back as well as what feels like a baseball in the middle of my back. The sharp pain radiates to a burning sensation through my back to my thighs. All of this makes my entire shoulder /back /hip area pretty tight continuously. And when the pain intensifies, the functionality of my bowels are humorous. Although I continue to work as a fire dpt dispatcher, I am looking for permanent relief. Any suggestions?

Should I go ahead and get surgery on my spine?

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010


I have been dealing with deterioration of my lumbar ( I think L4 and L5) discs for a good while now. It affects my walking and is extremely painful, as it also causes my sciatica. My orthopedic surgeon and I discussed a plan, with the last resort being surgery. I have tried everything- manual manipulation from a chiropractic, home exercises, physical therapy, herbal remedies, multiple Epidural steroid injections and have been on pain medication for a long time now.

Should I go ahead and proceed with the surgery? I am sick of being in pain all the time and never being able to participate in recreational activities. I am only 21 years old. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

How do I get my insurance to cover a procedure?

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

I have Blue Cross/Blue Shield. I have been to three neurosurgeons and they all said that the only way to relieve my severe back pain due to degenerative disk disease is to have one spinal fusion and one artificial disk put in. I have been through EVERY alternative to surgery…physical therapy, steroid injections, chiropractic care, etc. My insurance won’t approve it because they consider it "investigational" even though the US has been doing this procedure for more than 20 years. The doctors appealed the decision but it did no good, the insurance just refuses to cover the artificial disk…even if they did approve the hospital stay and the fusion part of the surgery. Is there any thing else I can do? Are there any organizations that would be able to help me financially for the procedure (,000)? I’m only 28 and am now considered disabled, this surgery is my only hope of becoming mobile again.