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Well I found out that my back problems are herniated Disc on L4-L5 and L5-S1; They want me to get some kind of shots to get rid of the pain. Said they will try this firs if it doesnt work then it surgery.


Any one ever had shots for a herniated disc? Does it really Help?

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Sorry to hear that, Danny. I hope someone on here can give you some good advice.

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Hi Danny

I like many have bad backs,,I will say don't get hooked on the pain drugs ,,it's very hard to get off of them..

Take the off the shelf stuff and work it out, once they start cutting there's no end to it..

A mate has be in and out of the Hosp. for the last 10 to 15 years or so...cutting and cutting and trying to fix things...

Just give your back time ,take the load off of it..

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Well I found out that my back problems are herniated Disc on L4-L5 and L5-S1; They want me to get some kind of shots to get rid of the pain. Said they will try this firs if it doesnt work then it surgery.


Any one ever had shots for a herniated disc? Does it really Help?

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Hey Danny, sorry to hear I hope you get well soon.

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Well I found out that my back problems are herniated Disc on L4-L5 and L5-S1; They want me to get some kind of shots to get rid of the pain. Said they will try this firs if it doesnt work then it surgery.


Any one ever had shots for a herniated disc? Does it really Help?

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Danny

I don't know as how there are any doctors on here.

But my dad had terrific pain in the leg which required hospitalization and a lot of pain killers. That was until he was properly diagnosed by a doc as a disk problem. The pain specialist in the hospital did the treatments and he was up and around again. Once the treatments were over he did not use any maintenance pain killers of any kind. Note that dad was in advanced age when all this went on.

Meanwhile I am trying to find the main router circle jig thread. Can't recall it.
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Hi Danny,

I'm sorry to hear about the discs. It's not a fun thing.

In 1987 I herniated c3-4, c5-6 and c6-7 (all are in the neck.... cervical) by picking up a peck of oranges on Christmas eve at work. I was a postmaster then..... Merry Christmas.

Now I have grade 3 Spondylolisthesis which is a vertebra slide forward on the one below it at L-5, S-1.

There are several types of pain management treatments they can now do. One is to inject Novocain and other mixtures of pain relief medications. For me they didn't make much difference.

Another was to do a nerve block with microwaves. Again, for me this didn't work but many people have had relief from all the injections.

The only one that was more than a mild discomfort to do was the nerve block. The doctor should do spurts of Novocain as the needle is going in so there is much less pain than one would expect.

For all of them I was required to have a driver to get home and to just take it easy for the next 24 hours.

The only thing left for me is back surgery with a bone graft. To be honest I'm scared out of my mind. So I'll deal with the pain for now.

And it's so weird to experience the different effects of the nerves being touched.... they are difficult to explain.

Work with the pain management doctors. It's really the only way to go. Years ago a neurosurgeon told me to NEVER let anyone take a knife to 'repair' the discs. Coming from him put the fear of God into me about it. After all, that's how he made his living. Gotta respect his advice.

I have had 3 full days of being pain free in the last nearly 22 years.... but I'm still hobbling around. I know there have been medical advancements in that time but, for now, I'll deal with the pain.

I do have and take pain medications on an 'as needed' basis. Sometimes they make me a bit loopy.... (and you all thought I was just goofy by nature....) <very big grin>

You might have very good results from the injections. And that is my hope for you. My advice is to stay away from a surgeon's knife. Also you might help the injections by having some physical therapy. Building the muscles around that area could be quite helpful.

Whatever you decide to do be sure you trust your doctor 100%. If you don't you might want to get a second opinion on whatever treatment he is advising.

Danny, trust your gut... it knows your body better than any doctor.

Good luck and keep us posted. I hope you get relief!




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Well I found out that my back problems are herniated Disc on L4-L5 and L5-S1; They want me to get some kind of shots to get rid of the pain. Said they will try this firs if it doesnt work then it surgery.


Any one ever had shots for a herniated disc? Does it really Help?

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Danny

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Hi Danny,
I to understand your reluctance to use durgs or going under the knife, back induries have been quoted as the main reason for day lost in the work place. and bealve me i do understand. i was told by a "old school" doctor that i would not be able to work again or walk proply after my back gave in. I Did L1 too L5 incuding all the disks aswell as two spurs growing in to the sinal canal.
what this did to me was every now and then my left leg would stop working, going too the toilet all the time, couldn't stand for a long time or sleep for long, couldn't keep the gitl freind happy "you know what i mean" and on top of this the pain would not go a way.
In the end i had to leave the property behind, sell everything and move in to town. doing this i was able to go to the jim every day and to the heated pool "walked u and down in the water for a hour" the water helps surport your body weight. this went on for 3 years
To talk about drugs i rattled, there are weeks i carnt remember, so be care full in what your are taking.
On a positive i did have the under knife 2 years ago, after find out that bone spurs were growing in to the spinal canal, this if let go on it was going to cut of the total control to the bottom half (L1 down). i was very very very lucky i had a great doctor, 4 hour opp, 3 months of recovery, and the last two years of pain free, "NO HEAVY LIFTING" ANYTHING OVER 15 KG" That includes the girlfreind. the other thing that was in my favour is that i didnt just sit around after i did my back in, i was fit still i didnt just sit around and did nothing. now beaware back opps dont work for all people i lucky it worked for me
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13 yrs ago my father had a cracked disk in his lower back and could barely move. I think he was out of work and on some pain meds till they got him in the hospital.

I'm sure I'm not relating it right but they glued his crack back and sewed him up. Within a month he was back to work. He was in his early 60s then.

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Danny sorry to hear this. You added to my prayers. I'm going to have this added to my list also. Doc checked me out a few years ago. Got arthritis in my lower back, and compressed discs I think it from the time I jumped off a tractor when I was a kid after putting gas in old farmall screwed me up for awhile. Still gives me reminders once in awhile.

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Sorry to hear of the back problems, I have been fortunate to not go down that road. Pain management Dr is a good suggestion. With or without surgery backs can be most difficult to live with. I can only pray that you find relief from the pain.

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