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Great board. I injured my lower back cleaning up debris from Hurricane Charlie. I was first diagnosed with a herniated disc at L4-L5. I first tried a year of PT, injections and chiropractor. Nothing helped at all. I couldn't even sit down for more than an hour before needing to lay down to make the pain go away. Finally I went with the Neurosurgeon advice to have a laminectomy/discectomy (probably misspelled). This was a total waste of 25k that i paid out of my own pocket. I then lived on pain pills for two more years until I was out of state working and became bed ridden due to the pain. My daughter had to fly up and help me get to the airport. That's when I took the Neurosurgeon's advice to have a fusion. After 3 months the pain finally subsided and I was pain free for the first time in 5 years. It's now been a bit over 2 years and the pain has come back full throttle. It may even be worse with the leg pain and tingling. This time the Dr says its a Synovial Cyst in L3-L4 just above where the fusion occurred. His diagnoses seems right on track with what I'm hearing on here, injections may help but not too confident and pretty much surgery will probably have to happen to remove it. I said the pain will have to get much worse before I go through surgery again.
I was hoping it would go away on its own but from what I'm reading that don't sound like it will happen. And may get worse with permanent nerve damage, and such. I'm not sure how big the cyst is but i'll post a pic asap.
Thanks for all this great information!

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