I've had severe back,neck and leg pain for several years. I had an M.R.I. which was catastropic stenosis, scoliosis,bulging disks, bone spurs degenertive ostioarthrtis. Iasked the Dr. to explain my results and his response was, your spine is worn out and your not a canidate for surgery because of the severity of my prolem. So I've endures about 6 epedurals and a 2 blocks and 1 neurotomy. One of the blocks helped my right side but nothing seems to help my left side. What's next? Does anybody know?
get a SECOND opinion he doesn't know what he is talking about, you are a surgery candidate, he is a fool, go get a second opinion, don't just keep taking drugs the rest of your life. for bulging disks, he can do a laminectomy, for the ostioarthritis realy nothing but there are shots out there that can slow it down, bone spurs can be operated on. i would find someone else you have many problems and he doesn't want to deal with them.
You might want to investigate a neurostimulator implant to control the pain. I don't know your age or the actaul extent of your condition so can't really say whether you would be a canidate for this procedure but you can google "neurostimulator implant" and read about it. In fact, here is a site to try: http://www.poweroveryourpain.com/discovering
You may get a second opinion, but I like you have had upteen opinions, & they are all the sme. Surgery would either paralize me or worse. So maybe your doctor is right.Spinal cord stimulator may help back & leg pain. Heard it helps some people, other than that you can take Neruontin, Lyrica etc... for nerve pain, & narcotics for pain. It's not much of a life believe me I know, but just keep plugging along, & don't give up...
With the catastrophic stenosis, he may be right that you are not a candidate for surgery. So, you keep on trying these procedures in the hopes that one or more may give you relief. You might also try a radio-frequency ablation - a Rhizotemy. It's when they burn the actual nerves causing the pain - when they can isolate the actual nerves. My pain specialist is able to do this procedure (he was trained at Hopkins) and it does help me a lot. The nerves grow back in 3 - 18 months (usually about 12 months now) and gives me complete pain relief in that area in the meantime. Exercise as much as you can, take pain meds, try a spinal cord stimulator - just keep on trying to find relief as much as you can. Try alternative medicine - homeopathy, herbal, acupuncture - keep on trying. You might not get all your pain gone, but any little bit helps, right? Right.
I definetly agree with getting s second opinion I don't think it could hurt ! You never know maybe they can do one of the levels in your spine that's the worse with a laminectomy or fusion to your spine or even a diskectomy ! There's so many procedures out there and maybe your doctor is right maybe you are not a surgical candidate ! Get the second opinion and if they say the same ask about the spinal stimulator ! And please don't lose hope keep plugging away there must be a solution out there for you ! Let us know how u do ! Take care and be well
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