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11/22/2017 10:05:29 PM
Posted: 10/6/2004 3:17:59 PM EST
I went to the neurologist today. He told me that nothing else can be done to relieve my pain except to go in and work on the disc that is gnawing on my spinal cord. No amount of pain medication will stop the pain and I can't bear this any longer. The procedure is done through a tube and is over in about 45 minutes. He said I'll get to go home tomorrow but can't go to work for at least three weeks. Guess I'll work on uping my post count.

Wish me luck!
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 3:19:11 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 3:20:34 PM EST
Good luck... take it easy and i hope you have a speedy recovery. :)
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 3:20:44 PM EST
good luck, and get well soon.

see ya around the boards.
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 3:22:58 PM EST
I believe this is it...

www.spine.org/articles/discectomy.cfm

Had it done...good luck. Follow all directing and DO NOT stand up for the first 24 hours.





J/king...you'll be fine....I think....25% chance of success at least


Sgatr15
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 3:23:49 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 3:28:53 PM EST
Good luck!

Link Posted: 10/6/2004 3:31:14 PM EST
Best wishes Pan.

Hang in there and enjoy the pain meds. and cute nurses.

Write when you can.

Danny
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 3:35:38 PM EST
Good Luck,have an appointment with a surgeon tommorrow about a protruding disk in my lower back that alternates between an icepick in the back and numbness down the leg.been off of work for about 3 weeks and am going stirr crazy.tired of being spaced out on pain pills,just lay on my heating pad now and take muscle relaxers for relief.Please keep us posted!
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 3:37:42 PM EST
A 'microdiscectomy' is a fairly benign procedure in skillful hands. VERY high benefit to risk ratio. Good luck and thank you for changing that heinous avatar.
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 3:50:16 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/6/2004 3:50:58 PM EST by Pangea]
And then I come home to find a note on my backdoor from the water meter reader saying that I have a leak. I walk/hobble out to the meter and the "leak" is gushing up out of the meter box and flowing down the yard. The 3/4" PVC fitting is cracked right at the brass housing of the pressure regulator. It just so happened that my father in law was on his way over to look at my 10 month old water heater that is AFU. I fetched and toted tools and materials to him while he fixed the leak. Then we go inside and trouble shoot the water heater. The thermostat to the bottom element is dead so I'll have to pick one up in Huntsville on my way to the hospital.

Man! What a day!

Thanks for the positive input.
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 3:55:42 PM EST
God Bless and prayers for a speedy recovery from a fellow back pain sufferer.
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 3:59:24 PM EST
better times will come.....

best of luck! You'll be alright!
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 4:00:34 PM EST
Good luck!!
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 4:13:21 PM EST

Originally Posted By TWIRE:
A 'microdiscectomy' is a fairly benign procedure in skillful hands. VERY high benefit to risk ratio. Good luck and thank you for changing that heinous avatar.



I've worked ortho/neuro for too many years(that is why my own back is fubared) and can tell you that +98% of the patients that have this done will report that the pain relief from decompressing the nerve is so great that the incisional pain is nothing.

Hope that all turns out well for you.

wganz

Link Posted: 10/6/2004 4:14:19 PM EST
I have been on WC since May 2003 due to an accident. I may be heading the same route,keep me posted. Good luck !
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 4:16:45 PM EST
Dude,

Going under the knife is never easy. Good luck.
My prayers are with you. Hurry back.
We will miss you here on the board.
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 4:16:48 PM EST
Good luck, buddy. If you're anything like me you'll be up and walking in less than 4 hours after the surgery, and with GREAT relief!
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 4:18:29 PM EST
Microdiscectomy by a neurosurgeon is the way to do it. You'll feel great THAT DAY.
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 4:39:54 PM EST
Hope you feel like a new man afterwards and you get back to enjoying what it is you like ! hollar at us , J.C.
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 4:45:42 PM EST

Originally Posted By thompsondd:
God Bless and prayers for a speedy recovery from a fellow back pain sufferer.




+1
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 4:46:17 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 4:46:42 PM EST
Good luck, hope everything works out well
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 4:51:39 PM EST
good luck, keep us posted.
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 5:04:32 PM EST
Good luck

I just had hernia surgery on monday and thought I would be able to pump up my post count. However the Vicodin in keeping me quite drousy for now.


Bobwrench
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 5:07:42 PM EST
Im glad you are having a neurologist do it .....

I've been thru it twice .... the second was 10 times easier than the first due to advances in surgery procedures and technology.

You will be good as new before you know it. You will wake up feeling MUCH better!!!

Link Posted: 10/6/2004 5:12:10 PM EST
My prayers for a successful operation. May your pain be a thing of the past!
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 5:15:45 PM EST
Hope you have a speedy recovery, man.
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 5:45:36 PM EST
i am holding off to after striper season and then going to see what can be done with mine..right now i am taking the drug method to try and fix it.

the downfalls of construction :(
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 5:52:49 PM EST

Originally Posted By xcell:
i am holding off to after striper season and then going to see what can be done with mine..right now i am taking the drug method to try and fix it.

the downfalls of construction :(



I was going to try to tough it out untill Christmas so I would have about three weeks off by taking four vacation days. My condition deteriorated over the last three days to the point of constant; nearly crippling pain. My manager will let me coast when I go back to work untill I can go full steam. I'll be in the office with the panties.
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 5:55:23 PM EST
Damn, I'm off work for a few days because of a bad back. But fortunately nothing like that.


Good luck tomorrow, and I hope you heal up fast man.
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 5:55:58 PM EST
Hope all goes well and is followed by a speedy and complete recovery!!!
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 6:02:24 PM EST
I have had that done..................trust me, your relief will be instant and well worth the trouble!
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 6:16:57 PM EST
Huntsville? Your going to Alabama? or am I missing something?
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 6:33:55 PM EST

Originally Posted By TWIRE:
Huntsville? Your going to Alabama? or am I missing something?



Yup, Alabama.
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 6:48:14 PM EST
Hang tough, Bro.

Look at it this way: In the entire history of civilization, nobody has access to better medicine than you do right now – and it's MUCH better than what was available even 10 years ago. If you believe in reincarnation, you definitely picked the right life to have back problems!
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 4:33:50 AM EST
I'm a doc in Morgan county and make most of my 'back' referrals to Huntsville. There are several good specialists in that field in Huntsville. You're in good hands!
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 4:45:22 AM EST
I had the Microdiscectomy done last year. Here's my advice:

1) Your first night home, don't wait for it to hurt, before you take your pain meds (oh, it's gonna hurt).
Don't chase the pain. Take the pain meds in anticipation of the pain. You don't want to be woken up by the pain, the first nioght, and then wait 45 min. for a new dose to take effect.

2) STOP taking the pain meds as soon as you can. Try not to get a refill, unless necessary. It may very well be, though. Vicodin can make it possible for you to be normal for a few days -it's a miracle drug, if respected.

3) Do your physical therapy religiously.

4) See a chiropractor (see several, to find the right one). You may be "crooked", and this might be the cause of your disc problems. Get straightened out.

5) Don't eat the boiled chicken they serve in the hospital. You'll puke it up.
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 4:49:14 AM EST
Good luck. I had back surgery 2 years ago and my back hurts every day. One disc was pushing my nerve into my spinal cord and my left leg went numb. They worked on that one and said the 2 discs on top of it are not good either. The doc said because I am fairly young, (32), he did not want to mess with the two other discs because they would all have to be fused together. I have tried everything from muscle relaxers, vicoden, darvacet spelling? to bacardi 151. I have had a lot of injuries and this back thing has been the worst, physically and mentally. Some days I feel like sucking on a 12 guage.
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 4:51:40 AM EST

Originally Posted By 1Walker:
Some days I feel like sucking on a 12 guage.



I am on 5 years and counting since my injury.


I know how you feel.


SGatr15
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 7:05:59 PM EST
I'm back home. Standing to type ffeels funny! The gnawing pain is gone and all that is left is some musclepain and remnent pain from the nerves being compressed for so long.

Thanks for all the support!
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 7:08:03 PM EST
Glad to hear!
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 7:57:56 PM EST
Hey, good deal!

"Jim, the prognosis looks good – The transporter malfunction left him with an extra set of genitalia under his armpits, but he'll live..."
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 8:02:10 PM EST
Modern medicine is a great thing so keep your head up and do what the doctor tells you. Hope the surgery gives you permanant relief.
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 8:24:04 PM EST
Luck....................
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