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  • twostroke91
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    I have a workers comp injury .I have had and still have for the last 20 years , back pain leg pain i also have scoliosus , deg disc deasease , herniated disc’s at multipal levels and other thing’s wrong with my low back . I’m thinking about surgery . If i have fusions done will i still be able to bend and stuff and what are the chances of sucsess ? I was told by Dr. Kelly Kiem in mansfield Oh. in 2011 that he thought i would be a good cantidate for an xlif surgery but only gave a 50/50 chance and i didn’t like the odds so i haven’t went any futher with it . I also see that there are a lot of new procedures bring used in the last few year’s . I have also had a discectomy at the c6-c7 level of my neck . Thank You for your time Don D.

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    You do not indicate your symptoms. Your diagnosed disorder; “scoliosus , deg disc disease , herniated disc’s at multipal levels and other thing’s wrong with my low back” could describe back pain, leg pain, instability and many other symptoms. Some people with those disorders have no symptoms at all.

    See the section under “Conditions”; “How to describe symptoms” to indicate what you are experiencing.

    XLIF surgery is not bad under certain circumstances but has some risks and some limitations.

    Dr. Corenman

    twostroke91
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    I have leg pain back pain instability numbness tingling . I have mri from 2011 but don’t know how to send it .
    Thank’s Don

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    You need to indicate the percentage of back pain vs. leg pain. You also need to discuss what activities cause pain. Example- walking causes leg pain and lifting causes back pain. The pain in the leg is 8 on a 0-10 scale and the back pain is 2 and get up to an 8.

    You need to discuss weakness and any other symptoms you can describe. Please see the section regarding “How to describe symptoms”.

    Dr. Corenman

    twostroke91
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    I have leg pain as low as 2-3 and has been as high as a 9-10 in the past , which worsens with walking or other activities . ( sometimes have had to walk with a cane ) It mostly goes down right leg and into calf and foot , it does go down left leg at times but not as bad as rt. leg . I also have back pain as low as 2-3 and as much as 9-10 it worsens with bending and lifting , twisting . I also have leg weakness ,tingling , burning down legs , instability . If i try to sleep on stomach my left leg goes to sleep . I am on percocet , gabapentin ,naproxen and take tamazepam at night to help with sleep .

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Leg pain caused by walking is generally stenotic type pain. This means that there is a narrowing of the foramen or the lateral recess (see website) and with the added normal narrowing that occurs with standing and walking, this activity causes nerve compression and leg pain.

    Back pain can be generated by degenerative discs, degenerative facets, instability (the inability of the back to resist normal motions) and stenosis.

    If you are still contemplating surgery, you would need a work-up to determine your pain generators. This work-up would possibly include nerve blocks, facets blocks and possibly discograms (see website for descriptions).

    Dr. Corenman

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