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Ken
10-04-2005, 01:52 AM
I need to know if any one has had surgery to help with Degenerative Disc Disease or Herniated Disc who also has spine fused... Any info will help...
Thank you!!!

LindaRacine
10-04-2005, 12:20 PM
Hi Ken...

I had DDD in my lumbar spine before my surgery. Most adults over the age of 40 with lumbar curves have DDD, which is what drives them to have surgery. What questions do you have?

--Linda

csc
10-05-2005, 10:40 PM
Linda,
If degenerative disc disease is common with most adults- what about stenosis? Is that a common disease? Or is it mostly seen in the older adult- 60's up? Just wondering.
Thanks!

Ken
10-05-2005, 11:22 PM
Hi Ken...

I had DDD in my lumbar spine before my surgery. Most adults over the age of 40 with lumbar curves have DDD, which is what drives them to have surgery. What questions do you have?

--Linda

Hi Linda, When you say (drives them to have surgery) are you referring to having surgery after being fused for scoliosis years later? My orig surgery for Herrington Rods was in 84 - now the lower back pain gets so intense - the doctor says its DDD and herniated discs, but that I should just live with it! I'm wondering if anyone has had to have surgery in a similar situation as mine and if so - did it help? Is it worth the risks? I'm only 37 with 3 kids!! Thank you - any info would help...

LindaRacine
10-06-2005, 01:31 AM
Hi CSC...

I don't have a clue about the statistics, but I think stenosis in the lumbar spine is fairly common in people with lumbar scoliosis.

--Linda

LindaRacine
10-06-2005, 01:35 AM
Ken...

No, I think in general, people with scoliosis, especially those with lumbar scoliosis, have a high incidence of DDD. It may be more common in people with prior fusions, but I don't know that as a fact. I think you need to find a scoliosis specialist who has a lot of experience with treating patients with prior fusions.

--Linda

lrmb
10-06-2005, 06:21 PM
Hi Ken, I haven't had surgery but I have a very bad disk in my low back which I made worse with an injury, and I was in intense pain until I got significant relief from Amitryptilene (sp?). I think it's a bit of an old-fashioned drug but it worked (works) for me when a lot of other drugs didn't. Might be worth a try while things get sorted out, if you haven't tried it already. I am also just 30 and living with low back pain is a mess. But there is relief out there, you just have to find the right combinations. Don't give up. All the very best.

Ken
10-06-2005, 08:04 PM
Thanks Linda & Lrmb - I appreciate the feed back - If you run accross any other info concerning surgery for DDD I would appreciate hearing about it - Also, Linda - the 2 specialist I have seen are Scoliosis specialists - do you have any recommendations? I'm in LA, near OC Calif.. Ty!! :cool:

LindaRacine
10-06-2005, 11:28 PM
Hi Ken...

The only surgeon I know much about in Southern California is Behrooz Akbarnia in LaJolla. He's had excellent training, and is a really nice human being.

Regards,
Linda

Ken
10-07-2005, 01:14 AM
Hi Ken...

The only surgeon I know much about in Southern California is Behrooz Akbarnia in LaJolla. He's had excellent training, and is a really nice human being.

Regards,
Linda

Thanks Linda - I will check to see if my insurance will cover me seeing this doctor!! :)