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    Back Surgery
from Rip #10422 #10422  
7/21/2012 7:08:34 PM


 PPEN, great news, they have moved my back surgery up to next Tuesday from Aug 23, which will mean a month less of pain waiting for surgery.

Watch out bass, Ol Man Rip is comin back.

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   Man Do I sympathize from Bender, MS Gulf Coast  7/21/2012 10:15:31 PM
I have never had any back pain but recently I noticed a dull pain in my lower back that progressed to rather uncomfortable levels and them Spread to my hip and down my leg.

I thought I would check on line and found the symptoms to be a compressed Sciatic Nerve. I have fought it for about 4 weeks with extreme pain in my hip and legs and dull in the lower back. Then last weekend it left my hips and went to the back and put me down for the best part of the week. Went to the Doc on Wednesday and got some Loratabs and muscle relaxers. It seems better since yesterday and actually got a full night sleep last night.

I know yours is a real problem and not temporary thus the surgery and wishing you the best as I cannot imagine how it would be to go with this ongoing.

   Back pain... from George Roth #13563 #13563  7/22/2012 3:23:49 AM
I'm in the middle of recovering from a couple of recent back surgeries. I was already fused L3 to S1. Had to fuse L1-L3 this time after the nerve pain went down to the Left patella (knee cap) and felt like someone was trying to pry it off with a crow bar. I retained numbness / pain in the leg and testicle, even after the surgery.

after 2 weeks of continued pain, the repeat CT scan showed some of the bone fusion materail from the recent surgery, putting pressure on the L2 nerve...thus back to surgery to clean out the foreman (opening) where the nerve exits the spine. I'll be out of work 6-8 weeks. that includes no working in the garden, mowing the lawn, pulling weeds, house remodeling, etc. for the rest of the year.

One of the other things to have them check for is sacroiliitis. it can cause pain down to the knee and the outside of the hip. pushing on the SI joint (dimple on either side of the sacrum) will usually pinpoint the pain. it won't be over the vertebrae, themselves. often times, a steroid injection into that joint can result in nearly complete relief. I certainly wish you the best in your treatment / recovery.

Best regards........George

   Surgery from Rip #10422 #10422  7/22/2012 6:32:11 AM
Bender, I have same pain, beginning lower back, thru hip, thigh calf and all way to big toe on right side only.

My problem is I grow huge bone spurs, neck and lower back. I have a bone spur over an inch long, coming off the top of L5, wrapping around the nerve root and going up to bottom of L4, and everytime I put pressure on my foot, the worst pain I've had goes all way down leg.

I had same thing in 2008. My surgeon went in and cleaned the calcium deposits out and I was pain free for 3 1/2 years, but it came back, so he will clean it out again. He said no fusions, no rods, nithing drastic, just clean out the foramina.

I have had same thing at C5-6, C6-7 & C7-T1 in my neck. They have been cleaaned out in 2007 and 2011 and my back 2008 and 2012, so it takes about 4 years for the bone spurs to grow back. Maybe he can put in zipper in my neck and back since he will have to go in regularly.

They tested my sacroillac and facet joints, but no problem there.

George, I have same surgeon who fixed Denny Brauer and some of the other Elite pros. Braurer had 5 fusions before Detwiler came along, and the fusion slipped around and pinched the root nerve at the foramina.

   been there and it sucks from MikeF  7/22/2012 8:21:48 PM
I also went through the waiting part. After my first back surgery failed I did a lot of research and found the right neurosurgeon to do my fusion; unfortunately he was leaving on a mission trip and my option was to wait or use someone else. I waited and it sucked; pain makes for some very long days and pain medicine sucks more.

   Mike..... Meds from Bender, MS Gulf Coast  7/23/2012 7:05:12 AM
What good are the Meds. Can't work on Loratab and Muscle relaxers. Can't work with Pain.

Those Loratabs might as well be tic tacs for all the good they do anyhow.

Good Morning this morning. Hit the floor with no pain. Only dull in the lower back. Lets see after a hundred miles or so in the company truck how it does later. Pfffft.

I blame driving all these years from Site to Site on a lot of my aches and pains.

Sux to get old but the alternative?

   loritab from MikeF  7/23/2012 9:19:29 AM
Wait until you get to fentanyl, ACTIQ or Dilaudid. Then you'll realize Loritabs are tic-tacs. LOL

   Good to go from Bender, MS Gulf Coast  7/23/2012 6:27:47 PM
10 hours on the jobsites or in the truck and no pain. I hope I have it beat this time around for a while. Will Loritab help with 95 degree south Ms Heat? I don't know how these Mexicans do it out there in the Sun.

   hey george from Lake Fork Tackle Repair  7/23/2012 8:01:18 PM
glad to see you on here. are you able to do anything with your rod building etc? I am doing alright with my back for now- just don't want to do injections nor surgery if i can help it.

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   connie... from George Roth #13563 #13563  7/23/2012 8:45:21 PM
not back to rod building, yet. since they ruled out gardening and home remodeling, not many options left! can't sit very long and just get too pooped, too quickly. I'll just have to "ease" into it again. I have some personal rods to wrap...but they can wait for the moment. Glad that you are doing better. Take care of that back!

   RIP, sure glad you are going to get fixed today. from PPEN  7/24/2012 3:17:52 PM
Tell the doc you want nothing less than oxycodone. Since today is Tuesday I will be thinking about you the rest of the day. You will have some heavy duty pain after the surgery but they should be able to keep you reasonably comfortable. Keep us updated on your progress.


   LOL at MikeF and "Dilaudid" - That stuff is right next to anesthesia! from Oneeyedjack #13663 #13663  7/26/2012 10:35:43 AM
I had dilaudid after cancer surgery, and they could have cut my arm off without feeling.

I'm pretty sure those shots were not tic-tacs. Worked in 5 seconds!

   after my knee replacement from MikeF  7/26/2012 5:50:41 PM
About a week after they replaced my right knee for some unknown reason in the middle of the night a nerve in my leg started "firing". On a 10 scale it was a 9.8. It wasn't until my third shot of dilaudid that the pain dropped to almost bearable. What really sucked is they could only give me one shot an hour; it was a long night. After the pain stopped they did all kinds of tests and found absolutely nothing wrong and it never happened again. BTW, waiting to see if it happened again was almost as bad.

   RIP- You Back? from Bender, MS Gulf Coast  7/28/2012 7:13:49 AM
How are you feeling???

   I'm Back !! from Rip #10422 #10422  7/30/2012 9:16:50 PM
Got home this afternoon after 7 days in hospiital. I was only prepared for one night there.

My NeuroSurgeon went in to clean out a large bone spur on L4 & 5. He had cleaned out this same area 4 years ago.

When he got in, he discovered the bone spur not only was connected to L4 & 5, wrapped around the nerve root, but had actually grown down into the spinal cord and had worn a hole in the dura, the outside layer which contains the spinal fluid.

Luckily, tho it had worn a hole, the hole wasn't leaking. So he removed the bone spur and patched the hole. Anytime this patching is done, they put in two drains and you must lay down hoaizontal for 7 days, you can;t get up for anything.

When I woke up from surgery, the terrible pain waw all gone, and I needed no narcotics. After 7 days of doing everything but sex on my back, I've lost 7 lbs and all my muscles are sore, but no pain meds are needed.

This is why I advise everyone not to wait with lots of pain, you don't know is happening in there.

If any of you are close enough to Tyler Texas and have back or letg pain, go see Paul Detwiler at Tyler Neurosurgery. He fixed Denny Brauer and put him back fishing and winning tournaments.

Thanks fellows, Rip

   Welcome back! from PPEN  7/31/2012 3:28:35 PM
It's about time you got off your back and took care of business. The end of pain makes all those days flat on your back worth it.

Any idea how soon you can return to bass fishing?

   awesome good news from Lake Fork Tackle Repair  7/31/2012 5:45:45 PM
WOW! sure good to hear you doing so well. I was trying to think yesterday the name of surgeon Danny Brauer used. I am making note of it. We live bout 50 miles or so from tyler. congrats on successful surgery.

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   Back pain sucks from minner  8/16/2012 11:04:22 AM
 I am in the same boat as most of you guys. Sitting is the worst thing you can possibly do and was the contributing factor to my eventual damaging injury. I have a sit/stand desk now and I am back to about 75% normal. The Dr says surgery really wouldn't help, so I will just keep taking the injections as needed and keep standing at my desk. If I can get back to 90%, I will be happy. Back pain certainly changes every aspect of your life, from putting on your socks, unloading the groceries, to getting in/out of a boat.

I am headed out on a 48hr tuna trip next weekend, so we'll see how the ol' back holds out.



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