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Lumbar Disk Disease with Radiculopathy

Started by prissykrissy on 07/10/2018 11:59pm

2018 I had my second lumbar fusion and laminectomy L3 - S1. I had my first lumbar L4-L5 fusion in 2010 and in 2017 a Cervical C6-C7 fusion.
I’m 6 months post op and have had 2 nerve root blocks L4-l5,S1 these have helped only with the leg pain however neither took away my lower back pain. The last NRB treatment showed 2 pinched or impinged nerves. This is absolutely worrisome that I’m not feeling that I’m getting better. However I must admit I am not feeling like I’ve gotten worse it’s more like there has not been much of a change prior to my last lumbar surgery. I know these nerve root blocks only mask my pain. I don’t know what direction to go to now. I don’t want to think I’d have to rely on opioids for the rest of my life but at this point that is my only relief along with laying on my heating pad for hours every day. As soon as I start being active the quicker the pain level begins to increase. My pain management provider has brought up the spine pain stimulator has anyone had this device? Does it work, was this your last resort above additional spine surgeries. I was advised to allow 12 months to heal from my last lumbar surgery, and I have been told by my doctors I have bone spurs both in my neck and low back than the pinched nerves in my lower back. I have a lot of nerve damage that Gabapentin nor lyrica are good for. I don’t know what I need at this point. Please if anyone has been through the same scenario and can Offer some helpful information or advice please share. Thank you!
P.S. what is the difference between Degenerative Disk Disease, and Lumbar Disk Disease with Radiculopathy??

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Hello, prissykrissy--We are so sorry to read about your post-surgery experience. We completely understand your concerns. When you undergo something as significant as spine surgery, you want positive results.

You mention a few questions, and we'd like to offer some information that we hope will help.

First, you noted a question around spinal cord stimulation. We have some excellent information about that therapy to give you a good overview, and this article is a great place to start: ( Spinal Cord Stimulation for Chronic Pain: What You Need to Know ).

You also asked about the difference between degenerative disc disease (or DDD) and lumbar radiculopathy. In short, DDD occurs when your spinal discs wear down--it's typically a gradual process caused by aging. DDD can occur anywhere in your spine. You can learn more about DDD here: ( Degenerative Disc Disease Center ).

Now, DDD may lead to lumbar radiculopathy because DDD makes your discs more prone to herniation.--and a herniated disc may compress your spinal nerves. Lumbar radiculopathy is leg pain caused by compressed nerves in your low back. If you've ever experienced pain, numbness, weakness, and/or tingling from your low back all the way down your legs, that's lumbar radiculopathy. Many people also refer to lumbar radiculopathy as sciatica. This is a great explanation of lumbar radiculopathy: ( Low Back and Leg Pain is Lumbar Radiculopathy ).

We hope this information helps you. Keep us posted on whether you use the spinal cord stimulator--we'd love to hear your experience with it.