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[QUOTE=pmkisiel;4925921]Hi, I'm new to this so bear with me. I would like to have any input or suggestions on what I'm dealing with. I've been having back pain, with leg pain for quite some time approx. 3 1/2 years or so. I've been down the PT route, the prednisone route and also spinal injections and trigger point injections. My last MRI showed: done in October of 2009
IMPRESSION: 1. Stable appearance of central disc protrusion with annular tear at L5-S1 resulting in lateral recess encroachment and mild to moderate bilateral foraminal narrowing.
2. Small left foraminal disc protrusion at L3-L4.

I've had numbness in my right leg, which only comes and goes now, but I do have tremendous pain in both my upper thighs. I work in retail at a warehouse, so I am on concrete floors for 8 hrs a day, and up and down concrete stairs all day long too, which does not help me at all.
I've recently have had a bad flare up again, and went to see a chiropractor, after I gave my history to him, he basically said I need a new MRI ASAP, to rule out a disc rupture. I went to my doctors office and they will not order it. Instead they want me to do another course of prednisone, percocets and physical theraphy, and if no better in 14 days then they will order MRI.
I have had 4 steroid injections and a round of trigger point injections in just the last 6 months. anybody out there that can tell me what is wrong with this scenario?[/QUOTE]

Sounds like something I was dealing with prior to surgery. The problems would never go away and I too was doing PT and back injections along with some very strong pain medicine. Just had a procedure completed by at the VA Hospital in NYC on East 23rd street. As a 60 % disabled Veteran there were no costs for the hospital stay and sugery procedure. Procedure competed was a L-5 & S1 Lamenectomy & Spinal Fusion (2 rods & 4 screws) due to a herniated disk and PARS defect. It's only been 6 weeks since surgery and I've had no complications or problems. 2 NYU Residents completed the surgery during a 7 hr period and I was up and walking the next day with a walker. I was discharged on 9-Jan-2012 and have been recovering from home since. I've been amazed how well things have progressed and I"m now walking on a treadmill each day about 1.5 miles at a 2.5 mph pace with very little pain afterwards. This was an extreme surgery to have done for the first time but has made a very positive impact on my quality of life due to the absence of muscle cramps at night in both legs from the radiculopathy and sciatica. I'm only 47 and I look forward to getting back to work in two months. Based on my condition and the severity of the pain in my legs prior to surgery, I would definitely recommend this surgery to anyone but make sure you check the history of the number of cases and success rates of the hospital and physician conducting the surgery. Having several opinions is highly recommended. My final decision to move forward was the constant thobing in both legs during prolonged standing or walking and the lack of sleep at night. 3 months of PT and lumbar back injections prior to surgery did not help the condition which was another deciding factor of finally having surgery. Wishing everyone health and happiness. r/ Joe B.

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