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Old 09-11-2019, 03:45 PM
 
Location: South Jersey
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67 yr old male... sharp pain in lower right back and sciatica in right knee, usually when standing/walking..need to sit every few minutes to take pressure off pinched nerve in lower right lumbar region. Only mild pain when sitting or sleeping on side. Can ride bike/go to gym with only mild/moderate pain.

MRI finds stenosis and disc herniation with effect on exiting L3 and L4 nerves, causing the pain when standing/walking and also sciatica in right knee.

Ortho surgeon didn't want to operate, saying it would require several levels of fusion, and existing spine arthritis was complicating factor. 2nd opinion: Neurosurgeon said no problem, do fusion surgery!

Have had 2 injections did nothing. Physical therapy did nothing. Ibuprofen doesn't help much at all.

Don't want surgery,, not crazy about having nerves fried with RFA. What do you advise? Live with sharp pain when walking/standing the rest of my life? Be glad I can sleep/sit/ride back, when compared to other back pain victims who rely on strong drugs to live day to day?
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Old 09-11-2019, 05:00 PM
 
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If I were you, I’d have the RFA first before surgery. The more levels you have fused, the worse your outcome for surgery will be. I had a 8 level fusion 12 years ago, and it increased my pain 10 fold. I wish someone had told me about the RFA before my surgery. I am now disabled.

How many levels do they want to fuse?
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Old 09-11-2019, 05:53 PM
 
Location: South Jersey
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Probably 2... also, RFA, like epidurals, is just a temporary fix since the nerves eventually grow back. This pain only arose three years ago.. I was never a bodybuilder, don't know why spinal stenosis and disc degeneration all of a sudden became a major pain in the butt!
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Old 09-11-2019, 06:04 PM
 
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Probably 2... also, RFA, like epidurals, is just a temporary fix since the nerves eventually grow back. This pain only arose three years ago.. I was never a bodybuilder, don't know why spinal stenosis and disc degeneration all of a sudden became a major pain in the butt!
I have this also, but pain and issues come and go for me. Had back problems all my life and now 70 y.o. I would recommend yoga and stretching, even hanging from a pullup bar to help decompress your spine. I did that daily until my bar deteriorated and haven't replaced it. I went to a lecture by a spine surgeon and he advised that one is ALWAYS better off with what they have unless there is just no choice due to severity of issue. I myself will always try to avoid surgery. Also do light exercise like walking to keep fluids moving. Massage and bodywork also help.

Good luck!
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Old 09-11-2019, 06:04 PM
 
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Probably 2... also, RFA, like epidurals, is just a temporary fix since the nerves eventually grow back. This pain only arose three years ago.. I was never a bodybuilder, don't know why spinal stenosis and disc degeneration all of a sudden became a major pain in the butt!
A fusion should be the absolute last option. Even if the RFA is temporary, it could put off the need for surgery for several years and maybe by that time there will be more effective pain management techniques other than a fusion.
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Old 09-11-2019, 06:07 PM
 
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Probably 2... also, RFA, like epidurals, is just a temporary fix since the nerves eventually grow back. This pain only arose three years ago.. I was never a bodybuilder, don't know why spinal stenosis and disc degeneration all of a sudden became a major pain in the butt!
Two levels isnít too bad. But it seems like once you have one fusion, it leads to another fusion down the road. My first spinal fusion was when I was 16 yo, then again at 46 and now Iím looking at another surgery in October. Iím 58. Also, the RFAs last between 6 months to 1 year. I get them for my SI Joints. Good Luck!!
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Old Yesterday, 11:38 PM
 
Location: Bangladesh
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Eat black cumin 1 spoon regularly and use hard chair for sitting and hard bed for sleeping
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Old Today, 10:12 AM
 
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I second the advice regarding yoga and stretching, with one caveat - ask your doctor to refer you to a physical therapist. There are stretches that will make your problem worse, if you don't understand how to do them correctly. Once you know which kinds of exercise to avoid, try different yoga teachers. Also, have you tried pool exercises?

Many years ago, I was a nurse, and both fusions and laminectomies were common. They are not done nearly as often now, because of their erratic results. If it were me, I'd do anything to avoid fusion, including living with a certain amount of pain.
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