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    I have been told by my doc that I have a jacked up lower back with a slipped disk and it putting pressure on some root nerves. I am seeking alternatives before going 100% with sugery. Any suggestions? Has anyone had back surgery and had success with it? I read nothing but bad outcomes of back surgery from internet sites
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    Back Surgery........

    I would definitely seek out a second (or third) opinion before allowing myself to go under the knife.

    My brother-in-law has four brothers, all of whom underwent back surgery with questionable results for similar problems as you describe. When his time with back problems arrived he was convinced he would need the same surgery done. His insurance carrier however, insisted on physical therapy to which he reluctantly agreed to do.

    It worked.........and that was fifteen years ago. The brothers still have problems and he's fine.

    Look up a good Orthopedist who also specializes in sports medicine and/or PT. The one I went to when I broke my back has his own MRI setup and appears to push therapy over surgery.....my kind of guy.

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    All surgery is dangerous, but a slipped disc can also be. Ditto on getting a 2nd & 3rd opinion. Not all surgeons are as skillful too. Ask around to find out who's the best (and the worst) in your area.


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    Jason, for another opinion call and set up an appointment with Dr. R. Eric Santos Orthapaedic Surgery. 281-333-2727. He is located at St Johns Hospital area across from NASA. He is reluctant to operate unless absolutely neccesary. I saw him myself.
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    Jason

    http://www.glaciercross.com/index.cfm

    This is going to sound crazy ...... I have C5 ,6, 7 and pinched nerves. I had loss of feeling in the fingers in my left hand and severe pain from my neck down to my left hand.

    I have had all the therapy that I could stand. I was going to have the surgery and have them fused and a cadaver bone inserted. Yuck...

    I took a chance and ordered one for my neck. My Orthopedist had never heard of them. That was 4 years ago and the pain was almost gone in 6 months. Now he sells them at his office with a few loaners for emergencies. I also changed to a sleep number bed 2 years ago. Now that is a nice sleep.

    They have something similar for the back. Check it out and take a chance.

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    I have back problems.
    It runs in my family.
    My dad, mother, brother and one uncle all have had surgery.
    I will avoid it if possable.
    I take tylenol when it gets bad.
    I use a waveless softsider waterbed.
    And use a hot tub frequently.

    All help, but sometimes it gets to me...

    All my relatives said they were helped by surgery, but NO CURE..........

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    Jason, I had back surgery and it helped me. But surgery should be the last option. Is this you first occurrence and how severe are your symptoms? Many times a herniated disc will retract over time.

    I had a herniated disc at the L5, S1. I had severe pain down the back of the leg and my foot was numb. I did not want surgery but the pain was so bad that I was willing to try anything. A neurosurgeon performed a microscopic endoscope discectomy. The pain is gone but if I have to be careful now or risk re-injury.

    In europe they are experimenting with a artificial disc. If it works it would inmprove the lives of many people with back problems.
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    Lots and lots of vicodin and oxycotin should do the trick.
    thehumid1-------I live in NJ, a state where it's free to come in but you have to pay to leave!

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    Originally posted by lusker
    Jason

    http://www.glaciercross.com/index.cfm

    This is going to sound crazy ...... I have C5 ,6, 7 and pinched nerves. I had loss of feeling in the fingers in my left hand and severe pain from my neck down to my left hand.

    I have had all the therapy that I could stand. I was going to have the surgery and have them fused and a cadaver bone inserted. Yuck...

    I took a chance and ordered one for my neck. My Orthopedist had never heard of them. That was 4 years ago and the pain was almost gone in 6 months. Now he sells them at his office with a few loaners for emergencies. I also changed to a sleep number bed 2 years ago. Now that is a nice sleep.

    They have something similar for the back. Check it out and take a chance.

    About 4 months ago I noticed the finger to the right of my pinkie, right hand, was numb. Still is, after all this time. Been to the Chiropractor many times, no change. Really pissing me off. Only on the right side of that finger, closest to the pinkie. Really annoying especially useing tools. Metal objects make it feel worse?

    I have had lower back problems for about 2 years now, they say this is unrelated?
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    Jason I have bad neck pain due to degenerative disc and osteo arthritis.
    I have tow customer that are orthopedic neuro surgens two of the best in the business. I will be glad to give you their names just call me. They are also reluctant to operate uless necessary.
    There is also another option out their to consider it is on the radio around here allot you may have heard it. I can't remember the name but next time I hear it I will right it down for you. They claim that they can inject a bladder or something that will releve the pressure on bad disc and allow them to heal almost as good as new. It might be some thing to try. I would consider it but my pain is being managed nicely with Mobic.

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    For what it's worth

    jason
    I was diagnosed with "advanced arthritis of the cervical spine C4 and C5" by an ortho specialist who handles the professional sports teams in Phila.

    Lost feeling in my hands,severe pain etc. Doc said "well there's surgery and I don't recommend that and there's a new procedure where they inject steroids into the spine" they only will give you 3 shots if it doesn't work t/s I went for it first shot nothing, second shot nothing just before the third shot THE PAIN WENT AWAY that was 5 yrs ago "touch wood" pain never came back.
    I don't know if it would work for what you have but it wouldn't hurt to ask. Back surgery eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee don't work so I was told.

    good luck


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    I struggled with a "bad back" for years until I finally couldn't walk a year ago last June. I had recurring pain in my right hip, numbness in my right foot, and pain radiating from my hip to the back of my calf to my toes. My final straw was falling backwards over a lawnmower in the garage onto my right buttock. Not being able to walk wakes you up really quickly! Before my fall I had managed the usual stiffness and pain issues with a Chiropractor, had tried PT but it didn't take. :-) When I had my surgery (Micro-discectomy) the Doc said I would leave the hospital under my own power that afternoon, and I did. Little pain, quick recovery and relief from the pain I had for a long time. I'm now very careful about what I do and what I lift, I'm 42 now and I aint what I used to be! Don't fear the surgery, it helped me and there are huge advances that have been made since many of our older relatives have had their surgery. Get recommendations on who the best surgeon is in your area and once you are well again, take care of your back!

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    Back Surgery

    Jason , I have had three surgeries done over the last 17 years. The first was in 1987 by an orthopedic surgeon.I stayed in the hospital for a week. It took one year for for me to start feeling right and for the pain to go away.
    The second surgery was in 1996 and was performed by a neuro surgeon and my pain was gone immediately.I only stayed in the hospital for two nights.
    The third surgery was done in June of this year with the same results as 1996. I went into surgery around 1:00 p.m. and left the hospital around 6:00 p.m. the same day. I was back at work (in the office) in 30 days.
    My advise to anyone that needs back surgery is to see a neuro surgeon. While a orthopedic surgeon is ok for bone problems I would want a neuro surgeon for anything close to any major nerves.
    One word of caution . Don't wait to long to see a Dr. I was going to tough it out & wait till the fall to have my last surgery done . After finally seeing the surgeon I decided to go ahead with the surgery & while the pain is gone I have some nerve damage and about half of my right foot & leg is numb .
    If you have a Dr. that you are comfortable with follow his
    recommendations and don't be afraid of the surgery.

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