Lower back pain

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Hi,

I been with my Surgeon yesterday and he told me that the MRI and blood test not showing any infection but there are swelling in the nerve and surrounding area where we operate for the L5 S1 bulging disc. He said that there are swolling and spasm in scar tissue around the area and we are going to book you for the steroid injection with the local anaesthesia. He said it might work or not work. If it dose not work than we are going to do the second surgery.

At the moment I am taking the painkiller any suggestions please let me know and I will be grateful if you put me on the right path.

Thank you

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    Well I say definitely go for the injection. I've have had many injections in my back, some with success some even with a lot of success. I will tell you there are a handful of people who have bad things happen with their injections. None of them permanent but they've had bad experiences. What I don't like is that the doctor feels the need to put you under to do the injection. It's not an uncommon practice and when I had my first few injections they were done under anesthesia. But since that time I have started receiving my injections from someone else who merely numbs the area. It's a very quick procedure and it's a little more than just an injection but in all honesty I'd rather not be knocked out I'd rather just have the shot. They do numb me up before the shot. But if that's how your doctor wants to do it...it's not like a surgery anesthesia they just simply give you a little medication in your IV where you just are kind of asleep but you actually are in a state where you can actually talk to the doctor but don't have any memory of it afterwards. I wish you luck on this and I certainly hope the injection works and you don't have to have a second surgery.

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      Hello amkoffe,

      Thank you very much for describing it, in detail. It's very helpful for me. My wish and pray for you and all patients that God make it easy for us and give us a healthy and happier life. Ok I am just waiting for the appointment of the injection I will go for it. If there are any more tips you have before,at the time or after the injection please let me know as you already done this journey and this is my first time.

      Thank you very much and God bless you.

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    I think you'll be surprised at how simple and easy the procedure is. How quickly it goes. The prep work (changing into a gown, putting in an IV, etc) is the thing that takes longer than the actual procedure. So just take it easy be calm about it and don't worry about a thing. They will tell you to ice the area afterwards and to take it easy the rest of the day. Just follow the instructions and I'm sure you'll be fine.

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      That's fine, that's what I wanted to hear. I will keep you updated what's going on. Thanks for your verbal support and advice it's really give me a lot of strength and feel me that I am not alone. It's very helpful for me. Thank you and God bless you.

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      Hello once again,

      Sorry I forgot to mention that I did order for the copy of my MRI scan and Blood tests. And they deliver it today.the MRI tells that

      1) there is complete loss of lumbar lordosis. The conus medullaris appears normal.

      2) L3/4 no disc or root lesion seen.

      3) L4/5 desiccated disc with a generalised annular disc bulge more prominent on the left.

      4) no right-sided nerve root compression is seen.

      5) L5/S1 prior right-sided discectomy with some increased T2-weighted signaling the adjacent endplates. The right S1 root appears swollen and there is residual disc material around it, Although there has been substantial reduction in disc bulk.

      I am totally lost what dose it means. If any one know about it please let me know because my surgeon told me that there are swollen in nerve and scar tissue and spasm we will go for steroid injection. Is the steroid injection is the good option for the above MRI report. Please let me know.

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    Hello aamir, first of all - I'm not a medical expert but I have had surgery and also have several bulging discs etc.  Your MRI report doesn't sound too disastrous, to me it sounds as if you have some inflammation around your surgery site - which is not unusual, I don't know how long ago you had surgery but for me, I had injections about three months following mine to help with the inflammation and the scarring to settle.  As with amkoffee I have had several spinal and nerve root injections and I would definitely say go for it, they don't always help and there will always be some people who have horror stories but I think, for most of anyway, the injections work really quite well and definitely help to keep us going :-)

    Your surgeon or whoever referred you for your MRI should go through it with you and explain exactly what it all means.  Hope this helps and good luck with your injections.

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      Hello Mollymops,

      Thank you for your response. I had done the surgery on the 12/01/2017. But I am unbalanced and struggle to walk. They suggest me steroid because they said that it it because of information , Swelling and spasm in scar tissues. Still waiting for the appointment of the injection.

      Yes I will go for it.

      Thank you once again for the time you took out and wrote all above.

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