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I've been reading the posts here for quite some time. They are very helpful. I wanted to see if anyone has my problem and hope to get some help. I slipped and fell over a year ago and have had pain since then. 2 MRI's (12/02 and 1/04) show a central disk protrusion at L5-S1 with annular tear and mild multilevel facet arthropathy. My orthopedic surgeon suggests a disc fusion because I have not had any relief from the physical therapy or steroid injections and it has been over a year. My physical therapist says I have all the symptoms of sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Anybody else out there have this? If so how are you getting relief. My hips hurt all the time, and I can't sit for more than 10 minutes without terrible leg pains.
Thanks!
Paula
[QUOTE=natureschild]I've been reading the posts here for quite some time. They are very helpful. I wanted to see if anyone has my problem and hope to get some help. I slipped and fell over a year ago and have had pain since then. 2 MRI's (12/02 and 1/04) show a central disk protrusion at L5-S1 with annular tear and mild multilevel facet arthropathy. My orthopedic surgeon suggests a disc fusion because I have not had any relief from the physical therapy or steroid injections and it has been over a year. My physical therapist says I have all the symptoms of sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Anybody else out there have this? If so how are you getting relief. My hips hurt all the time, and I can't sit for more than 10 minutes without terrible leg pains.
Thanks!
Paula[/QUOTE]


Hi Paula. I had a herniated L5/s1. The first orthopedic surgeon wanted to first do a miscrodiscectomy then wanted to to a complete fusion a month later! I thought that was a bit drastic so I went to another orthopedic surgeon who wound up performing a hemilaminectomy -- where they basically cut off the portion of the disc pressing on your nerve and leave the rest of it in place. Of course it can always reherniate or degenerate down to nothing, in which case I'd need a fusion, but it seems a heck of a lot drastic.

I'd ask your doc why not a hemilaminectomy. The surgery was pretty easy and the recuperation wasn't too bad either. My back isn't perfect but a lot better than it was!
Paula, is there a physical therapist in your area that does manual adjustments? My therapist is able to adjust my SI when it rotates out of place. But, I agree - you need to find your pain generator. My SI dysfunction is a "result" of my bulging disc, not the actual "cause" of my pain. Good luck!



[QUOTE=natureschild]I've been reading the posts here for quite some time. They are very helpful. I wanted to see if anyone has my problem and hope to get some help. I slipped and fell over a year ago and have had pain since then. 2 MRI's (12/02 and 1/04) show a central disk protrusion at L5-S1 with annular tear and mild multilevel facet arthropathy. My orthopedic surgeon suggests a disc fusion because I have not had any relief from the physical therapy or steroid injections and it has been over a year. My physical therapist says I have all the symptoms of sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Anybody else out there have this? If so how are you getting relief. My hips hurt all the time, and I can't sit for more than 10 minutes without terrible leg pains.
Thanks!
Paula[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE=natureschild]I've been reading the posts here for quite some time. They are very helpful. I wanted to see if anyone has my problem and hope to get some help. I slipped and fell over a year ago and have had pain since then. 2 MRI's (12/02 and 1/04) show a central disk protrusion at L5-S1 with annular tear and mild multilevel facet arthropathy. My orthopedic surgeon suggests a disc fusion because I have not had any relief from the physical therapy or steroid injections and it has been over a year. My physical therapist says I have all the symptoms of sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Anybody else out there have this? If so how are you getting relief. My hips hurt all the time, and I can't sit for more than 10 minutes without terrible leg pains.
Thanks!
Paula[/QUOTE]

Injections for over a year equals chronic pain syndrome. Orthopedic surgeons are looking at surgury which means $. Go to a site on Prolotherapy and read up on it.





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