- Age 55+
- 170 lbs
- 5' 2"
- Albany NY
- Injury Status Recovering
- Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
- Chronicity 18+ Months
- Repeat injury? No
- Doctor/Care Giver James Lawrence MD
- Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion), Facet Syndrome/Sprain, Spondylolisthesis, Scoliosis, Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
I suffered from sciatic pain for 10 years during which I tried PT, massage, injections, radio frequency ablation, chiropractic, pain meds and tens unit.
Finally when my foot and leg began going numb, I went to an orthopedic surgeon who consulted with a second surgeon on my spine. Initially, I had a laminectomy with a cage implanted. 8 months later, my lower curvature was collapsing so I opted for a fusion up to T10 in a two phase surgery.
The surgery was a success but required a third corrective surgery after 60 days. Overall, I am much better and still improving.i have not hit the two year mark yet. I adore my surgeon.