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Old 02-01-2019, 09:26 PM
40something11 40something11 is offline
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Join Date: Feb 2019
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So my story started several years ago. I've always had back pain, but just chalked it up to aging. I started a fitness class and while doing jumping jacks, I had a burning sensation in my foot and lower back and pain running down my butt to knee. Fast forward after countless therapy, injections and chiropractor appointments, I have DDD and sciatica. I have a wonderful neurosurgeon who feels I would be a good candidate for ADR, but insurance has fought me. They approved a fusion, but I fought for the adr and finally after 5 months, they have approved it! I haven't scheduled it yet for fear that I'm not in enough pain for it. I'm just worried about the recovery and seeing so little on this scared me. Can anyone shed some light on this? I'm 42 and active (well, was active) and don't want to be miserable!
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Old 02-03-2019, 09:03 AM
Robb235 Robb235 is offline
Join Date: Dec 2018
Posts: 31

Sort of sounds like me. I ruptured my L5/S1 while running sprints. I too had had mild lower back pain, but just chalked it up to the rigors of the army. But running sprints that day was the straw that broke the camels back. I’m not in unbearable pain right now, but it seems to come in cycles. If I try to run, my back will hurt afterwards. If I push it more, it seems to trigger an inflammatory response where my back hurts so bad I’m hobbling around and the sciatica down my right leg gets bad. So I finally decided to seek surgical help (PT and chiropractic didn’t help). I’m scheduled for ActivL ADR in about a month. Figured I’ll go ahead and do it now before my facet joints wear out and precludes me from getting an ADR. I’m 31 years old.
2 August 2017 - Herniated L5/S1 while doing sprints (at age 30)
20 December 2018 - MRI revealed massive L5/S1 extrusion
5 March 2019 - ActivL ADR at Texas Back with Dr. Blumenthal (at age 31)
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Old 02-07-2019, 01:34 AM
40something11 40something11 is offline
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I would love to keep in touch with you and see how your recovery process is. Best wishes for you and prayers for a speedy recovery!
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Old 02-16-2019, 12:21 PM
Back in Black Back in Black is offline
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Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 19

What is your diagnosis? Is your DDD at a single level or multilevel, and where do you live? This info would influence the potential path you would take. Your choices for ADR surgery in the states is much more limited.
Suffered from back pain (on and off) since my 20's
1994 - Began Chiropractic treatments.
1999 - Added deep tissue message to my treatment regime.
Aug 2015 - X-Ray & MRI show DDD at L3/L4, L4/L5, and L5/S1, with severe herniation and loss of disc height at L4/L5.
Sept 2015 - Two epidural cortisone injections at L4/L5.
Apr 2019 - Updated x-rays & MRI show further deterioration of discs from L3-S1, with bone-on-bone at L4/L5.
June 2019 - Three level ADR scheduled
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Old 02-20-2019, 10:45 PM
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Harrison Harrison is offline
Join Date: Oct 2004
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Hey 40something,

Welcome and congrats on the approval! When you can, pls see:

Let me know if you need help.
"Harrison" - info (at)
Fell on my ***winter 2003, Canceled fusion April 6 2004
Reborn June 25th, 2004, L5-S1 ADR Charite in Boston
Founder & moderator of ADRSupport - 2004
Founder Arthroplasty Patient Foundation a 501(c)(3) - 2006
Creator & producer, Why Am I Still Sick? - 2012
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Old 03-02-2019, 04:26 AM
Jacobethans Jacobethans is offline
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Hello there
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Old 03-03-2019, 01:20 PM
GKTM300 GKTM300 is offline
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Join Date: Dec 2015
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Recovery all depends on the surgery n the condition you are in now. If your in shape 3 mo ths aint out of the question. I was obese n out of shape been about 2 years and I am in pro athlete motocross racing shape. I had an excellent doctor Rudoplh Bertagnoli I thank God everyday. There hope but plz choose dr carefully !
12/22/04 blew L4-5 and L5-S1 out lifting wrong
4/1/05 back to work thanks to Oxy
11/11/13 hurt back lifting again
6/6/15 last of many MRI L4-5 medium paracentral bulge with juice leaking and mid to left bulge on L5-S1
No invasive procedures except steroid shots that did nothing n hurt wicked bad
9/24/2016 Adr surgery Bertagnoli>1 year doing great
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