MsCicilyParticipantNovember 12, 2019 at 8:56 amPost count: 3
On October 17, 2019, I experienced debilitating back pain that has lasted pretty much until today. I was in the hospital for 7 days but they released me because there was nothing more they could do. Oh, I forgot to mention that I am in China. Their hospital system is a little different than in the States. They discharged me regardless of the extreme pain that I was in and the inability to walk or sit without excruciating pain. They were able to do a CT scan and it revealed herniation from L3-S3. The doctor is not a fan of surgery and wanted me to try soft measures. The insurance agreed with the hospital that I should be sent home because the hospital was ill-equipped to handle my injury. So, I went home still in the worse pain I have ever experienced, with no help at all. I finally got an appointment with an Orthopedic specialist in Beijing. Traveled 3 hours to get there. He sees me, views the results from the first hospital, says I need immediate surgery, wants to admit me, and orders a full course of tests. So, I did an MRI, CT, and Xray. To make a long story short, I was not admitted and am still waiting to have a L3/4, L4/5, S1 Fusion and decompression surgery. My S1 is ruptured and the nucleus is oozing out. Aparently, this is why I have leg and foot numbness and change of sensation in my left leg. Right side is ok. After a few more ordeals including a second opinion, the insurance company agrees to pay for this very expensive surgery. My question is do I really truly need it? Can my body heal itself through this process of resorption? I am concerned because I am obese and have other health issues. I don’t know if my body can handle this type of major surgery. Plus, does the surgery require special equipment to handle my weight? I have to get back to work and right now I am home bound. What do I do? Did I mention that I in China and there is no way that I can make a plane ride home in the condition that I am in. Please I need help.MsCicilyParticipantNovember 12, 2019 at 8:58 amPost count: 3
Oh, I forgot to include that my L3 is slipped or unstable and that is why he wants to do the Fusion with a rod and screws. He says that the L3 disc is the reason the discs below are compromised.Donald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorNovember 12, 2019 at 3:43 pmPost count: 8455
Can you get the CT, MRI and X-ray reports translated into English and then copy them to this thread?
Dr. CorenmanMsCicilyParticipantNovember 13, 2019 at 12:51 amPost count: 3
Hi, Dr. Corenman,
Sorry but I can’t seem to copy or attach anything to this. I don’t know how to do it. Is there an email that I can I send to?
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