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  • smalley57
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    Hi Dr. Corenman. I actually came to see you back in 2010 for a foot drop issue which you then sent me to see a Neurologist for a nerve study. That proved to be the right answer. I’m now suffering from severe lower back pain which radiates through to my left hip flexor and down my left thigh. I have numbness in my left thigh. The pain is worse with standing and walking and relieved with sitting, bending forward, and/or lying down. My back issues are not new and I’ve had different treatments over the years including RF ablation, facet injections (Prolotherapy) and a few epidural injections. The first surgeon I saw (Dr. Le from Rebound Orthopedics in Portland/Vancouver said that a laminectomy isn’t advised because of the amount of nerve compression. He recommended fusion if I were to do surgery. So I tried a steroid pack which did nothing and I had another epidural on May 31st which has not provided any relief. Do I just continue to wait it out and see if it gets better? I’m very active doing multiple sports and just want to be able to continue living my life. Not sure what the answer is. I have another appt with another surgeon (Dr. Robert Tatsumi with Oregon Spine) on the 8th to get his opinion. My MRI shows end stage DDD in several places, with stenosis, spondlythesis, herniations, etc. You name it, my MRI shows it. I feel like if I were to wait it out and see if things improved, I’d have PTSD every time I went to work out, get on my mountain bike, kiteboard or anything. It’s been 4 weeks now and I haven’t been able to stand up and walk upright for longer than 3-4 minutes. I feel I’m getting weaker since I’m not out doing anything. I’m 65 but I was extremely active. I live in Hood River, Oregon and I lived in Steamboat Springs when I came to see you at the clinic. Oh yeah, I ski too. Of course fusion surgery is not what I want to do but I am of the mindset that I want to get fixed so that I can move on. But then I read these horror stories of people suffering more after surgery and they don’t have the same quality of life afterward. How do you find the best possible spine surgeon to do the job. Someone who is utilizing cutting edge techniques and working on athletes and that understands the importance of wanting to get back to a fully functioning athletic life?

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    By your report, it looks like you have lower back pain due to mechanical factors (spondylosis and degenerative changes). I am sure this statement is a typo (“I’m not suffering from severe lower back pain”) as I think you meant “I am suffering”. If you are interested, I can do a long distance consultation and give you direction as what your diagnosis and treatment choices are. Simply call the 888 888-5310 number and leave a message for my nurse Slavina. She will get back to you with details.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
     
    Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
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