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So I've had this bad back pain for the last 18 months or so, and was told I had sciatica. I did the whole physical therapy thing, exercise, blah, blah, blah...

The pain never ended up going away, so I went to the doctor today because it has gotten worse and I am losing my balance (tripping and falling over absolutely nothing!).

My doctor told me he is pretty sure I now have a slipped disc! Now I get to go for an MRI on Saturday, and if its true then I have to hit up a back surgeon next week.

Couple this with the fact my wife wants me to get snipped (she made my appointment the same day as the dogs getting fixed), and I am going to have a GREAT couple of months!

Has anyone here had any experience with back surgery? What am I looking at in terms of pain and recovery?

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1 February 2013 - 1:48am
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My brother had a slipped disc in his back and opted out of the surgery and received some sort of shots every three months for a year and he is doing really well now so it seems. I hope you don't have to have back surgery, as for the other that is a 3 day heal so my brothers say and not as bad as they thought it would be. Hoping for the best for you Slim because no surgery is fun.

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1 February 2013 - 4:20am
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So I've had this bad back pain for the last 18 months or so, and was told I had sciatica. I did the whole physical therapy thing, exercise, blah, blah, blah...

The pain never ended up going away, so I went to the doctor today because it has gotten worse and I am losing my balance (tripping and falling over absolutely nothing!).

My doctor told me he is pretty sure I now have a slipped disc! Now I get to go for an MRI on Saturday, and if its true then I have to hit up a back surgeon next week.

Couple this with the fact my wife wants me to get snipped (she made my appointment the same day as the dogs getting fixed), and I am going to have a GREAT couple of months!

Has anyone here had any experience with back surgery? What am I looking at in terms of pain and recovery?

I would say don't opt for surgery right away and definitely get a second opinion.

You poor guy, but I could not help laughing that you are scheduled the same day as the dogs? Really? I don't know lol That just gives me the giggles. NOT the surgery, but the planning, I guess.

I am REALLY sorry to hear about the back thing, though. That sounds very scary.

My mom is going through major back issues right now, and she is going to see her second specialist, because she wanted to try everything before surgery. Shots did not work for her (she had two under xray), chiro made it worse, and physical therapy helped, but not once she stopped. So, just to say do your research, get more than one opinion, and take it ONE step at a time, not automatically thinking surgery.

As far as surgery, I have heard good and bad, and I think it has a lot to do with the situation and the person.

Sending positive thoughts your way!

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1 February 2013 - 5:16am
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I agree with Hope, get a second opinion and also third before you decide to have back surgery. Or you should try a holistic relief such as acupuncture. Here's a link about it, fyi:

http://www.holisticonline.com/Acupuncture/acp_home.htm

Good luck and take care!

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1 February 2013 - 5:18am
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Sorry to hear about your back and future snipping Slim. My dad had back surgery and it did not help him. I seriously think it made him much worse, but I've heard of other people who have had great relief from it. I do hope you get a second or third opinion and not rush into anything. Having pain for 18 months sounds like a long time to be suffering. I hope the mri shows what the problem is. It's worse I think for them to say they see nothing wrong.

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1 February 2013 - 12:12pm
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Sorry dude all I saw was this...

blah blah blah blah
blah blah blah
blah blah ... WIFE WANTS ME TO GET SNIPPED ... SAME DAY AS THE DOGS GETTING FIXED
blah blah blah blah

You need to be absolutely 100% positively sure that you go to the right doctor that day!!!

But seriously my wife has had a sore neck and back a lot recently. We got rid of our old bed and bought a new mattress but it hasn't helped her much so she's been going to see a physio.

I thought that a slipped disc did not require surgery?

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1 February 2013 - 3:25pm
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It usually doesn't, but I have been through Physical Therapy, medicine, exercise, diet and everything for the past 18 months or so. My doctor told me that normally they heal themselves, but if it hasn't been fixed in 18 months, it won't happen naturally.

Therefore I am looking at this surgery. I hope its not too bad though. I am hoping that the MRI comes back with something else.

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1 February 2013 - 5:13pm
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You may want to try this. It's called diatomaceous earth. It is not dirt. Many people on another site suggested it for arthritic pain. I have used it and my pain went away in days. Although I haven't used it in weeks, I do plan to start it again.

There are different companies that sell it. This is the one that I bought from. http://www.amazon.com/Perma-Guard-Diatomaceous-Earth-4-Pack-Earthworks/p...

http://www.amazon.com/Diatomaceous-Earth-Food-Grade-10-Pounds-Natures/pr...

It is fine like baby powder so make sure if you use it that you don't inhale it. I can't find the review that I read about pain, but you may be able to find it. I think it may be worth a try for you compared to surgery. Also, start out with a small amount for several days. My bf thought he would just take 1 T or 1 1/2 T to begin with. He ended up in the bathroom a lot.

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1 February 2013 - 5:14pm
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If you do try it, make sure you get the FOOD GRADE type. Some of the other people here who have illnesses might want to check it out too.

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1 February 2013 - 7:25pm
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I agree with Hope, get a second opinion and also third before you decide to have back surgery. Or you should try a holistic relief such as acupuncture. Here's a link about it, fyi:

http://www.holisticonline.com/Acupuncture/acp_home.htm

Good luck and take care!

I LOVE acupuncture. It is worth a try, but this sounds like a very serious problem. It could help with pain control and relaxation, though. Works very well for me.

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1 February 2013 - 7:27pm
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It usually doesn't, but I have been through Physical Therapy, medicine, exercise, diet and everything for the past 18 months or so. My doctor told me that normally they heal themselves, but if it hasn't been fixed in 18 months, it won't happen naturally.

Therefore I am looking at this surgery. I hope its not too bad though. I am hoping that the MRI comes back with something else.

Sounds like you have tried many alternatives, 'Slim. Sending lots of positive thoughts your way!

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3 February 2013 - 4:15am
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I had my MRI this morning. It isn't my first rodeo with one of those things. I am weird in that small spaces don't bother me at all, and I told the lady I didn't want to watch TV or listen to music; I'd just assume sleep while stuck in the dark tube.

I should know within 2-3 days what the deal is.

The biggest concern for me is that i was on my hands and knees today playing with my kids when my daughter gently slapped my back. She found just the right spot and it just about collapsed me to my stomach.

Not a good sign.

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ill be praying for you slim i hope its something that they can take care of without surgery Sad

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My MRI came back mostly normal my doctor said, so I have to go see a neurologist to see what is going on with the nerves.

I have done hours of research online because the doctors up here suck so bad. I injured my shoulder about ten years ago and they couldn't find anything. After going to a specialist who agreed to go in and examine, it turned out I had a bone spur chewing at my rotator cuff, which was shredding it as well as bursitis.

About five years ago I was having abdominal pain really bad, which they told me was a stomach flu. This went on for months with nobody really thinking too much was wrong. Once again I found a doc willing to go in and guess what? I had a double hernia!

Bottom line is just because they can't see it with the MRI or whatever doesn't mean there isn't something wrong. I ended up doing all this research and I believe my symptoms match Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction. We will see what the neurologist says, but I trust these guys about as far as I can throw them... which currently is not far at all!

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I agree that they can't see everything that is wrong with an mri. It sucks when they say everything looks fine, but you know something is wrong. I hope you can get some relief.

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My knee injury showed nothing in the MRI (1997), but when they went in there was a strained ACL and bad meniscus tear. So, no. They don't tell all.

My mom's back pain is nerve related. They put her on some meds that is for people with seizures but also for neurological pain. Problem is, it makes her really groggy, and she has to keep adding a pill until she is up to four in one night! She is giving it a chance, though, because her pain is relentless.

I hope they find answers for you, 'Slim. Keep us posted, please.

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My boyfriend had a knee mri, and it showed nothing either, but he now has trouble walking up an incline. He did not have that before the car accident, so the doc will have to go in eventually and check it out.

Nerve pain can be the worst pain imaginable. I have nerve pain from my back. When it gets really bad, I have to go to the er to get any relief. One time I had to get 3 shots of morphine before the pain ever subsided!

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Have you seen the neurologist yet slim?

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I saw him yesterday.

I guess my back issue isn't the big concern in his eyes. I have what he calls VERY brisk reflexes, and he doesn't like that I can't walk on my heels and do a lot of other balance stuff. He was also concerned that my motor skills are slower than what they should be for a 28 year old guy.

I got the pleasure of having a nerve conduction test yesterday. For those that don't know what they are, they basically give you small shocks on your nerves to see how they respond. It was ok and all until they got to the nerves behind my knee. THAT kinda sucked, lol.

So, with that I get to go for another 3 MRIs tomorrow. One on my brain, one on my neck, and then another one for my brain with contrast.

Of course now my gears are spinning wondering what he thinks may be wrong with me. Its probably nothing and I'm not going to worry too much about it right now... I just want the back pain to go away!

Oh, and on a side note: My computer fried the other day. I had the pleasure of tracking down a reasonably priced computer and ended up with a Core 2 Duo Mac Mini. So now I have an Intel Mac... stepping up to the big leagues, lol.

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Let us know how it turns out Slim, if it's not too personal. I will keep you in my thoughts. I'm hoping everything turns out ok! I had no idea you were so young. You are younger than my kids!

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Yes! Both 'Slim and BF are young enough to be my sons. Makes me feel VERY old. lol!

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I guess we will be the "grandmas" of the group Hope.

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I guess we will be the "grandmas" of the group Hope.

Oh, dear. Not sure I can handle the "G-word" or not yet. Confused Surprized LOL!

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My sister was a grandma in her early 30's! Now that is a young grandma.

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Here we go guys. I am getting set for this doctor's appointment today. Nervous/anxious to hear what the diagnosis is!

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Here we go guys. I am getting set for this doctor's appointment today. Nervous/anxious to hear what the diagnosis is!

So is this where you find out if you will have surgery or not? Either way, sending POSITIVE THOUGHTS your way, 'Slim!

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I wish you good news Slim. Please let us know when you get back what he says. Smile

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I ended up finding out that my doctor thinks that I have something called primary lateral sclerosis or PLS.

It is a very rare neuromuscular disease that is sometimes considered a rare form of ALS. Its not good, but I wont die from it.

I have to go down to U of M in Ann Arbor for conclusive tests. I am facing a spinal tap and the possibility of losing a good portion of my motor function.

Nothing is for sure yet, so im not going to worry too much about it.

http://sp-foundation.org/understanding-hsp-pls/pls/

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Geez lets hope he isn't right. Fingers crossed for you buddy.

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Good to know you're thinking positive D'Slim.. I'm sending healing thoughts for you! Red Rose

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Hi Slim, I am sending healing thoughts your way too. I am thankful you found someone who at least knows what it may be.

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