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should i consider surgery for L5/S1 etc

Started by doortag4 on 10/05/2019 11:37am

I have both cervical and lumbar issues going on ive seen otho, chiro, pain, you name it for last several years, years ago they wanted to put cage in lumber for instability issue but at the time i refused dur to financial reasons , fear , and no one to help me during the long recovery time. i chose ice more ice pt chiropractor hanging yoga repeat repeat repeat over the years extremely weakness is a constant thing in lower half of body and a constant feeling of being badly bruised across lower back/waist horrible burning , long story short becoming more and more dependent on others and having a poor quality of life like so many other people w spinal issues and pain. my area of most concern is L5/S1 results are severe narrowing of L5-S1 disc phenomenon seen which has progressed , vacuum phenomenon present, bilateral L5 spondylolysis ssen with 5mm grade 1 spondylolisthesis also has increased, congenital spinal bifids occula at L5 unchanged. i noticed the slippage is pretty minimal but there really no disc left at all you can see its bone on bone is surgery worth doing considering all the risk involved.

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If you are located in the SF Bay Area I highly recommend the specialist I have been seeing he completely changed my life after seeing the similar list of specialists you've given above, and then having surgery after none of them worked.

If not, I recommend looking into someone who practices ROLFing. They aren't even close to all the same level but if you find someone that practices advanced work and can help you identify how to correct the things in your life causing the symptoms you need to try this before going with surgery.


Are you a veteran or was your mother or father in Vietnam? I’m just wondering because spina bifida is one of those things that you could be getting extra help from the government for and they have found that it is genetically been seen in children from agent orange victims. I am in the process of filling out a form and I’m 50 something years old because of all of my problems. When I was a child I used to have horrible back pain nobody ever did any testing they just told my mom it was growing pains which I knew it had to be something else I finally got a back MRI and it showed Curvature of the spine I think it’s is called spondylosis maybe anyway I know that spina bifida is something you could possibly fill out the forms for. Even if it wasn’t diagnosed when you were a child everybody knows pretty much that’s fine a bit that is a inherited disorder and they have now linked it with agent orange you should not have a problem I would look into. Even if it wasn’t diagnosed when you were a child everybody knows pretty much that’s fine a bifida is a inherited disorder and they have now linked it with agent orange you should not have a problem I would look into that


You mention horrible burning around your waist? Has anyone mentioned Addisive Arachnoiditis to you?

With regard to your question, should you have surgery? You are the only one who can answer that question. My belief is when your quality of life has fallen significantly. to you having no quality of life that is the time to embark surgery. Before agreeing i would recommend you get a second opinion with a Neurosurgeon.

Have you received pain relief injections, epidural injections or any other spinal injections, these can cause scar tissue or a spinal bleed which can subsequently cause Addisive Arachnoiditis..(AA) A chronic neurological spinal disease where the membrane around the spinal chord is inflamed which causes adverse effect on nerves, (burning pain) . malfunction to the bladder and bowel and chronic pain. I would recommend speaking to a Neurosurgeon before having the planned surgery,. A MRI 10 years a go ,didn’t show AA, a CT Mylogram was required

The reason I keep mentioning Addisive Arachnoiditis, you mentioned burning around your waist, do you have any other areas where you feel a burning sensation? I would recommend looking up Addisive Arachnoiditis before going ahead with the surgery. Good luck


Try any and all things before having surgery.