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backbreaking posted:
I don't really have a discussion topic just complaining, moaning and grumbling. I am soooo tired of this back pain and Sciatica in my left leg. I had always said I would never have any more back surgery. I've about changed my mind. Don't see why the Dr.'s can't just open me up in my lumbar section and just do what they have to do to get me out of this pain.
davedsel57 responded:

You can complain, moan, grumble and vent any time you want here. We understand.

Just be sure to do your research and get several opinions before having surgery. Be sure you understand the high risk and relatively low (50-60%) success rate for improving pain due to spinal problems. What seems like a quick fix can often cause even more problems and pain.

I hope you can find treatment that brings you relief soon.
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backbreaking replied to davedsel57's response:
Thanks Dave

It helps sometimes just to tell someone how I feel.
bj1208 responded:
hi backbreaking - welcome to the support group -

Yep as Dave stated you can vent, complain, moan, groan etc. we all understand and we all do this - we live in different regions of the US so sometimes the weather affects us at different times or at the same times!! LOL

Dave made a great point and that's to do your research and get as many opinions as you can from both Orthopedic Spine Specialist and Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist. Sometimes a good PHYSIATRIST Pain Clinic can also help with opinions and treatment options.

Surgery should always be the last resort and should be done after all treatment plans have been tried.

Normally, spine surgery is done to stabilize the spine with hopes of reducing pains. There is a low percentage rate where it has reduced pains for people while it does cause more pains for others.

Be sure to do research and get opinions. keep us posted what you find out -
Take care~~

~~ Joy ~~

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