Disc problem in L4 & L5 joints. Please help!

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CricketCrazy
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Disc problem in L4 & L5 joints. Please help!

Post by CricketCrazy » Mon Apr 21, 2008 1:03 pm

I have been suffering from an elongated disc between my L4 & L5 joints since last 3 years. I have tried physical therapy, chiropractic treatments and been on pain medications, all in vain.

I love playing cricket & golf a lot and cannot refrain myself to give up these activities. My pain gets aggravated when I play these sports.

I came to know about back decompression (DRX-9000) by watching an ad on TV. I went for my free consultation with my MRI results. They said that I qualified for treatment. Theoretically, their approach makes sense. They claim that there are not side affects. They are asking me to pay $4500 for 20 sessions.

I have seen the posts on this forum about back decompression. I am totally confused with the reviews and am not sure if I should try back decompression treatment.

1. If I decide to try, whats the right price?

2. Does back decompression really not have any side affects?

Please share your thoughts..

thx,

daisymae
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spinal decompression

Post by daisymae » Mon Apr 21, 2008 6:45 pm

Hi,
I tried spinal decompression for a herniated disc 18 months ago. It did not help at all. The program the chiropractor offered - massage, e-stim, core strengthening was nice, but NO change in pain
daisymae

krd
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Epidural????

Post by krd » Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:34 pm

Hey Cricketcrazy

I have not posted on this site for a long time. It is not because of any problem with this site. On the contrary, this site was a "God Sent" for me. I have a large herniated disk at L4-L5. I had terrible sciatica in 2005 that lasted for 2 months, and again in 2006 that had me in bed for 8 full weeks with a pain that was raging at a level 10 - 24 hours a day.

I finally decided to have 2 guided fluoroscopy epidural injections 3 weeks apart. Subsequent to those, I had 8 weeks, 3 times a week of rehab. I continue to rehab on my own at home, primarily core exercises and do Pilates 2 nights a week. I have been virtually 100% pain free since November 2006.

I play golf at least 4 times a week and exercise at least 5 days a week. I would encourage you to get the epidurals or at least consider them. They help to break the pain cycle and allowed me to agressively seek PT. I feel stronger now than at almost any other time in my life and I will be 53 years old this August.

Remember, if you do the epidurals, stay with core exercises and exercising in general. You will not regret it. Good luck.

Ken

CricketCrazy
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Re: Epidural????

Post by CricketCrazy » Wed Apr 23, 2008 11:43 am

Thanks for sharing your experience krd. I have been averse to trying steroids and epidural injections as I was under the impression that they would only provide temporary relief.

I have decided to first try out Deans exercises as I have read only good things about them on this forum! I will give that a try for a couple of months and see if it makes a difference. If just doing the execises does not work out then I will consider your advice.
krd wrote:Hey Cricketcrazy

I have not posted on this site for a long time. It is not because of any problem with this site. On the contrary, this site was a "God Sent" for me. I have a large herniated disk at L4-L5. I had terrible sciatica in 2005 that lasted for 2 months, and again in 2006 that had me in bed for 8 full weeks with a pain that was raging at a level 10 - 24 hours a day.

I finally decided to have 2 guided fluoroscopy epidural injections 3 weeks apart. Subsequent to those, I had 8 weeks, 3 times a week of rehab. I continue to rehab on my own at home, primarily core exercises and do Pilates 2 nights a week. I have been virtually 100% pain free since November 2006.

I play golf at least 4 times a week and exercise at least 5 days a week. I would encourage you to get the epidurals or at least consider them. They help to break the pain cycle and allowed me to agressively seek PT. I feel stronger now than at almost any other time in my life and I will be 53 years old this August.

Remember, if you do the epidurals, stay with core exercises and exercising in general. You will not regret it. Good luck.

Ken

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