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[QUOTE=tami p]i have never had one and they never suggested i do so. ive seen 3 different surgeons so far and the first 2 pushed me away immediately. this one is a very reputable doc and is the neuro for the pittsburgh steelers. i thought for sure he would help me but now im questioning if there is any help out there at all for me. :confused:[/QUOTE]


Gee - I am so sorry. I hear how frustrated you are and I certainly encourage you to do all you absolutely can to get a good diagnosis. As far as the procedure to get the disc heated...called an IDET, I would really check into all you absolutely can before making a decision.

I asked our pain management doc about that for my hubby before we went on to a neurosurgeon and he said that it was not all it was cracked up to be. Matter of fact, there are many posts here about that very subject and you can read about others experiences with it.

Just look into it carefully.

My husband is going for a discogram on Monday 2/9. I myself am very, very apprehensive about this procedure because it is very painful by all accounts, it seems that it will define a problem in the discs better than any other test.

In the procedure, they would inject dye into a disc and it is supposed to re-create your pain so they will know if the particular disc is a problem. It is done under flouroscopy, which is an x-ray that will also show wheather there are any tears in the discs as well.

My hubbys MRI shows bulges at 3 levels and he is having pain in his buttocks, thighs and lower back. Lately, he is getting numbness of and on in his toes but it is coming and going. He had that earlier on in his injury as well but it went away until recently.

The surgeon he saw recommeded a microdiscectomy but won't form a solid opinion on which discs to work on or if to do it all until the discogram. So, my husband will go through it, despite all we have read and heard. Hence, my sick feeling in the pit of my stomach...but thats another story.

Anyway, it seems to me that fusion would be an absolute last resort and not just because it was a chronic problem. And the nurse telling you that over the phone sounds wrong to me. At least by how things were handled by my husbands doc.

I pray that you will find a doc you are comfortable with and one that will listen to you. Even though you have had some testing done, I don't think the problem has been pinpointed properly based on the symptoms you have shared. And mind you, this is only formed on the basis of my experience watching my husband go through this too. But we ran into problems with the first doc we saw as well and had to get another. I have gone to every appt. with my hubby and done months of research on this. I have been able to call every move this doc has made before he did it. And no matter how much I hate it, I know the doc is right about his back because I have done that research.

You have come to a great site to get advice and learn from others experiences but if you haven't yet, don't hesitate to use a search engine and look up spine conditions...you might start with bulging discs and that will just lead you on to many other things to look at.

Good luck and I will keep you in my prayers. :angel:
[QUOTE=Stdonnaface]Gee - I am so sorry. I hear how frustrated you are and I certainly encourage you to do all you absolutely can to get a good diagnosis. As far as the procedure to get the disc heated...called an IDET, I would really check into all you absolutely can before making a decision.

I asked our pain management doc about that for my hubby before we went on to a neurosurgeon and he said that it was not all it was cracked up to be. Matter of fact, there are many posts here about that very subject and you can read about others experiences with it.

Just look into it carefully.

My husband is going for a discogram on Monday 2/9. I myself am very, very apprehensive about this procedure because it is very painful by all accounts, it seems that it will define a problem in the discs better than any other test.

In the procedure, they would inject dye into a disc and it is supposed to re-create your pain so they will know if the particular disc is a problem. It is done under flouroscopy, which is an x-ray that will also show wheather there are any tears in the discs as well.

My hubbys MRI shows bulges at 3 levels and he is having pain in his buttocks, thighs and lower back. Lately, he is getting numbness of and on in his toes but it is coming and going. He had that earlier on in his injury as well but it went away until recently.

The surgeon he saw recommeded a microdiscectomy but won't form a solid opinion on which discs to work on or if to do it all until the discogram. So, my husband will go through it, despite all we have read and heard. Hence, my sick feeling in the pit of my stomach...but thats another story.

Anyway, it seems to me that fusion would be an absolute last resort and not just because it was a chronic problem. And the nurse telling you that over the phone sounds wrong to me. At least by how things were handled by my husbands doc.

I pray that you will find a doc you are comfortable with and one that will listen to you. Even though you have had some testing done, I don't think the problem has been pinpointed properly based on the symptoms you have shared. And mind you, this is only formed on the basis of my experience watching my husband go through this too. But we ran into problems with the first doc we saw as well and had to get another. I have gone to every appt. with my hubby and done months of research on this. I have been able to call every move this doc has made before he did it. And no matter how much I hate it, I know the doc is right about his back because I have done that research.

You have come to a great site to get advice and learn from others experiences but if you haven't yet, don't hesitate to use a search engine and look up spine conditions...you might start with bulging discs and that will just lead you on to many other things to look at.

Good luck and I will keep you in my prayers. :angel:[/QUOTE]
thank you so much for your reply. this board is so helpful in learning about the different procedures. the doctor had me so confused that i didnt know what to think. im still not too sure what they mean when they say that the problem is chronic and not new. i took it as because it was over a year now that the injury occured. this didnt become chronic until i felt the pop that day. i dont understand. i really dont think that i want to do this procedure. im 34 with 3 kids and if i have to be "down for the count" it really has to be for a good reason with a good outcome. its very frustrating knowing that i feel the pain and they get to tell me that i do or dont need this or that. ill keep trying for that perfect diagnosis and treatment but i just dont know if it will ever come.
thanks again and good luck with your hubby :wave:





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