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I have bulged herinated degenerative disc in l5/s1 and degeneration in l5/l4 and facet joint arthritis in same areas.
My pain history started around 2009. I tried everything. Pain used to be cycles triggered by some wrong move or extra effort. What seemed to work best was chiropractic till 2015. Nothing seemed to work. I did cortisone shot for my disc it took 70% of pain, then I found that remaining pain is from Arthritis so i went for RFA which helped with back pain and my pain management dr said now it is your time to make your core strong so when pain nerve grow back your core will ease that pain. I started phy therapy and there i found i am in dead end. Once i stretch my disc pinch on the nerve and if i dont stretch my arthritis will get worse. So I ended up going for disctomey surgery wven that my leg wasnt so bad yet. I just wanted to uncouple both problems so i can try to ease my pain for long term solution and maybe dont end up with fusion
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