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Synovial Cyst?

Started by hotlegsgirl on 10/15/2012 3:06pm

One neurosurgeon tells me I ihave a slipped disc and need the fusion, screws, etc. The other one tells me that my degerative disc is not bad enough for that tyype of surgery, but that I now have a synovial cyst on my lumbar region (L4/L5, of course) and would have to have fusion after it was removed. I am against any type of surgery on my back, unless the pain becomes absolutely unbearable and I cannot walk. I can't beleive that one doctor is telling me one thing and the ohter, another.
I read an article somewhere that said there were three or four types of cyst that could arise on the lumbar region and that one of them was common for women.

I am a 68 year old woman who still runs and I don't want to stop. I've heard from too many people who still have pain and/or complications after back surgery.

I have had five injections so far, but I cancelled the sixth one. I couldn't get anyone in the doctor's office to call me about my latest MRI, which showed the cyst.

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Hi my name is Richard and I am 24 and I ruptured my L4-L5 L5-S1 disc at work and had a microdiscectomy. After the operation i regain use of my right leg but now i have Disc Degeneration at both levels, Lumbar Spondylosis, Synovial Cyst, Facet Arthropathy, and Annular Tear at both levels. I'm in so much pain it shoots from my hip threw my butt and down my right leg my calves feel so weak this is all after that ONE operation my dr was absolutely against a fusion he told me that after a fusion i would be in more pain from moving around placing more stress on the disc around the fusion but in the end you make the final decision just do your research don't be afraid to ask your dr any questions you may have i hope this helps you .


There is so much information on the Internet, it is over whelming. I guess I will
"tough it out" for now. I.m sure it's mostly due to age and heavy lifting.

I hate to hear of such a young person having this and other problems.