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An_255123 posted:
I had a disk replacement in 2012 and still in pain ! I have been to 3 different doctors in the last year. One doctor from Baylor Hospital is saying the disk is on the nerve. The other 2 doctors from La. Spine Inst.saying the disk is not on the nerve and I have a degeneration in the disk above. I have no ideal what is going on. I have tried physical therapy, pain pills , muscle relaxers, and anything else for relief. Is there anyone out there have the same issues. I never had any problems until I had a complete hysterectomy in Jan. 2012
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alitajuarez responded:
@AN_255123, I'm sorry you are still in pain after your back surgery! I know exactly how you feel! I had back surgery (L4-L5 disk fusion with bone graph) in April 2013. I too am also still in pain and now have neuropathy. It is so very frustrating!
 
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bj1208 responded:
Hi and welcome to the support group -

first - we try not list names of hospital/physicians and/or personal information to help avoid any bashing that may happen (has happened in past) plus it's in the guidelines you agreed to when you set up your account.

second - Since you have gone to several highly recommended places for help in diagnosing your pains (click my name to read my story) I have been in severe pains since my first surgery in 2008 and just have recently had a 2nd fusion on 12/4 and am having problems with that.

Degenerative Disc Disease can affect other discs over a period of time - coming from injury to the disc(s), hereditary (see if family members have same - especially your mothers side). Some people as young as in their early yrs (adolescent) can have this.

It seems like you have only one disc that is bothersome then they operate only to have either disc(s) above or below that will start to cause problems. This is what I have found. Over the last 1 1/2 yrs I have been to 6 different spine specialist to get a feel for what was going on. I would say half agreed that DDD was causing more problems with other discs and the other half said nothing can be done. So I decided to try and out which disc etc was causing the pains and also the crunching feeling I had (disc was moving over something and crunching.) And this has led me to my recent fusion (L4-5). so far the crunching feeling is gone as they did put a plate cage and rods in this has stopped the disc from moving over the top of my previous fusion at L5-S1.

The choice is yours - but I would get all tests results (MRI, CT Scans etc) and maybe choose a spine specialist (Neurosurgeon or Orthopedic Spine Specialist) that is not associated with one of the hospitals you have been to and see what they say - getting more than 2 opinions can benefit you more. This way you know where you stand and what needs to happen next.

Hope this helps - keep us posted~~
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