- Age 55+
- 5' 9"
- Antigo, WI
- Injury Status Cured
- Physical activity per week 8+ hours
- Repeat injury? No
- Doctor/Care Giver No longer practicing due to age
- Number of Surgeries 1
- Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion)
I fell on some ice on cement steps and landed on my lower back. Family doctor prescribed anti inflammatory drugs, and referred me to a neurosurgeon. When that doctor came into the exam room and saw me standing because it hurt to sit, he told me he could fix me. He said he would snip off the part that had slipped out between the vertebrae while leaving the rest in place as a space holder between the vertebrae. He operated a few days later. When I came out of the operation and recovered consciousness, the pain was gone. I was offered a morphine pump, which I didn't need. This cured my back pain. All of this happened 27 years ago. I was not required to try any other treatments before surgery to have my insurance company cover the bill, either.