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Back injury-surgery scheduled



It just gets better and better...

I was thrown from a horse back in April(my fault, not the horses) and had immediate excruciating back pain. When I was able to catch my breath I stood up and walked about 8 steps before I had to lay back down from fear of passing out. This happened at my grandparents house and scared the crap out of my grandpa. He wanted to call 911 but I couldn't let that happen. I didn't want to be mae fun of by my colleagues! Lol. Anyway, I crawled into the car and he took me to a small local ER. The CT showed a compression/end plate fracture at L1. I was off work for 3 months and started PT three days after the injury. I followed my doctors advice to the T but didn't seem to get any better and he just wasn't listening to me. He released me for work but I still was having symptoms and didn't know what to do...

I went to a chiropractor and he ordered an MRI which showed a herniation and extrusion at the L5-S1 level with an annular tear. I have decreased reflexes on my right side and severe sciatic pain at times. I saw a pain management dr who did 2 epidural spinal injections with no relief.

A friend convinced me to see an orthopedic spine specialist who recommends a microdiscectomy. I scheduled the surgery but can find little information about returning to heavy lifting. Hopefully I will get more information at the Pre-OP appointment. The surgeon said I could go back to work after 4 weeks and I hope he is right because after that I wil lose my job.

I am very nervous about back surgery. I don't want to live in pain every day for the rest of my life but I also don't want to give up my career.

Anybody have any experience with this? Any advice?

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I have had a pt lately that when he was 12 was kicked in the back from a horse. He had core of the herniaded disc removed (dont know if that is the same thing but sounds like it) He said that the reason for that particular surgery was to release the pressure on the siatic nerve. He has to do a very regimented stretching sched every morning but he has said the pain is bearable. He is 50 now but the reason for him calling us is that he has been experiencing alot of pain, but it seems to be more from aging with that injury.

good luck and if you want I can go ask him for more specific information he is 2 min away from me

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