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Old 02-01-2019, 08:26 PM
40something11 40something11 is offline
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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, 08:03 AM
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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.
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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, 12:34 AM
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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, 11:21 AM
Back in Black Back in Black is offline
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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.
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Suffered from back pain (on and off) since my 20's
1994 - Began receiving treatment from Chiropractors.
1999 - Added acupuncture and deep tissue/trigger point message.
Aug 2015 - X-Ray & MRI show DDD at L3/L4, L4/L5, and L5/S1. Severe herniation at L4/L5.
Sept 2015 - Two epidural cortisone injections at L4/L5.
Currently researching artificial discs.
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Old 02-20-2019, 09:45 PM
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Hey 40something,

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

http://adrsupport.org/forums/showthread.php?t=11053

Let me know if you need help.
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Fell on my ***winter 2003, Canceled fusion April 6 2004
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Old 03-02-2019, 03:26 AM
Jacobethans Jacobethans is offline
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Hello there
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Old 03-03-2019, 12:20 PM
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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 !
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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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