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Old 10-14-2018, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Mesa AZ
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So a person should be grateful for botched/failed surgery. I can say hip replacement took care of groin pain but left me with 3 major complications...but I should be grateful, so to that degree I am but didn't want to live with these 8 yrs of complications so far. This is why I so fear a knife again.
I believe TFW46 is taking a gentle poke at an unbalanced person and is referencing a post aimed at me. Read the post Seethelight wrote about my post and it will make sense. I can imagine a person who needed 40 surgeries was in a bad accident and they appear to have some kind of anger/drug issue to make such a strange post, or maybe they are just troublemakers and their story is fiction. Either way I cant hardly get angry about this, I feel sorry for this person.

Thanks for your comment TFW, very classy response.


Edit- My post is #7 the other post is #16, my response is post #19
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Old 10-17-2018, 07:20 AM
 
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Don't want to have surgery... has anyone here had a laminectomy and does that provide permanent relief?
I've had a laminectomy at L3, L4....and yes, it DID get rid of the constant cramping in my buttocks as well as some of the sciatica in my legs.
I didn't get any hardware put in...no screws or bolts.
The recovery took approx 3-4 weeks, but the pain wasn't too bad.
It sure beats having that pain every time you walk any distance at all.
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Old 10-22-2018, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Bumping this thread because I just got diagnosed with spinal stenosis. MRI showed moderate to severe narrowing between L5-S1. I have been having sciatic nerve pain on the left side for several weeks now. Like the poster above, I have a lot of pain in the buttocks, particularly along the piriformis and occasionally radiating down the thigh. MRI also showed a small tear in the hamstring that had been nagging me and confusing the issue of where my pain was emanating from.

I have been focusing on stretching and core exercises and pretty much eliminated working out any lower body, but I still do upper body and very low impact cardio. It's been a hard transition for me because I exercise a lot. I start PT tomorrow and my next step is to see a Spine surgeon.

Don't want to jump directly into surgery, nor would my insurance allow me to, I'm sure. I'm totally open to doing it if I have to, and it sounds like many of you have had laminectomy's with good results. Can anyone tell me how painful the epidural injections are?
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Old 10-22-2018, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Bumping this thread because I just got diagnosed with spinal stenosis. MRI showed moderate to severe narrowing between L5-S1. I have been having sciatic nerve pain on the left side for several weeks now. Like the poster above, I have a lot of pain in the buttocks, particularly along the piriformis and occasionally radiating down the thigh. MRI also showed a small tear in the hamstring that had been nagging me and confusing the issue of where my pain was emanating from.

I have been focusing on stretching and core exercises and pretty much eliminated working out any lower body, but I still do upper body and very low impact cardio. It's been a hard transition for me because I exercise a lot. I start PT tomorrow and my next step is to see a Spine surgeon.

Don't want to jump directly into surgery, nor would my insurance allow me to, I'm sure. I'm totally open to doing it if I have to, and it sounds like many of you have had laminectomy's with good results. Can anyone tell me how painful the epidural injections are?
Didn't I read somewhere that you have a family member who is an ortho MD? I had two scripts for epidurals about 10 yrs ago and never did them. Big shots of cortisone in the spine, nope...those steroids only do more damage to what good cartilage is there. If they work, they are temporary. Acupuncture helped that area a lot for me years ago..my issues back in that area came on after hip replacement...talk about living in some regret.
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Old 10-22-2018, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Didn't I read somewhere that you have a family member who is an ortho MD? I had two scripts for epidurals about 10 yrs ago and never did them. Big shots of cortisone in the spine, nope...those steroids only do more damage to what good cartilage is there. If they work, they are temporary. Acupuncture helped that area a lot for me years ago..my issues back in that area came on after hip replacement...talk about living in some regret.
Yes, my husband is an Orthopedic surgeon, but he's not a spine specialist, and he certainly wouldn't treat me, or have any more involvement in my care than I would ask him too. He's actually rather conservative about recommending surgery, but I want to start exploring my options from least invasive to most invasive. Several people on this thread seem to have first hand experience with stenosis and its treatment options. It's funny how sometimes you read quickly through these threads about things affecting someone else, and then when it becomes more personal, you come back to it and absorb responses in more detail.

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Old 10-22-2018, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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T.A.93 -- You asked if epidurals hurt, well I would think if they do it's a short hurt but it's just too bad they really don't do any healing.
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