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Degenerative Disc Disease

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7d

Just an update: I haven't been able to sit upright, drive or travel since rupturing my L5/S1 disc on 10/11/2018. After 20+ epidurals, RFA, PRP, and even intra-discal mesenchymal stem cell treatment, I was *finally* referred to a surgeon. I have now been "officially" diagnosed with discogenic pain, no radiculopathy. I knew this from the beginning, as I myself am a physician but perhaps because my condition is so rare (and I'm female) it just took the doctors 4 years to arrive at the same diagnosis. I have been referred for a specialized disc nerve ablation procedure. My fingers are crossed. I am not religious but I do pray it will help. My life is but a shadow of what it was before the disc ruptured that day but it has been one hell of an opportunity to practise mental health work and spirituality. If that procedure does not help me be able to sit again, then I will **FINALLY** be able to get a lumbar disc replacement. I started saving up the $ for it 3 years ago, and I'm halfway there now (I am fortunate enough to still be able to run a successful medical practise, just from a recliner and a lapdesk now). Please keep me in your thoughts/prayers/etc. and I will do the same for all of you! I know this group is not very active but I just wanted to put this out there.
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22d

Hello everyone. Does anyone else have a condition involving the thoracic spine? I have thoracic radiculopathy from arthritis and bone spurs involving T 7,8 and 9. The T8 spur is sticking into the left-side nerve root. Started having pain in 2018 that goes all the way around my torso right about the "bra band line". It is always a level 3 to 4 on the Wong pain scale with 3 separate episodes that lasted about 6 weeks. They consisted of 24/7pain at a level 8 to 9 that dilbilated me for the duration. I save a kidney stone episode as my 10, lol. Anyway. evidently, this condition is somewhat rare. Very limited information on the subject can be found. Neurosurgeons won't consider surgery unless bowel and bladder function is compromised because paralysis is a major concern, which I understand. At this point, for me, it's injections and gabapenten. Anyone out there with the same condition, I would love to talk with you.
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