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  • AvatarDiscodan
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    So A quick update 5months since my last post and almost a full year after my operation.

    Massive improvement, I met surgeon on 9th Dec last and had an MRI the same day. Mri came back looking very good and surgeon said I need to give it more time, a year or maybe even 18months he said. I had been experiencing improvement for a about a month at this stage after taking a course of oral steroids along with antibiotics for a chest infection. Even though they weren’t prescribed to treat my back they really helped me turn a corner.

    Nowadays I’m doing really well. I’m back working daily on the farm doing manual work but minding myself. I walk every day and i do a 7km or 8km walk maybe 3 times a week now. I’m taking no pain killers at all now. There are days when I’m a bit stiff and sore and I just take things that bit easier.

    Overall I’m very pleased with where i am today especially when I thought surgery was a failure 6months post op.

    I am excited about the future and I’m in a positive state of mind again..Stay safe everyone..

    AvatarDonald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Great to hear! It is nice to see improvement in a delayed fashion. Nerve roots are persnickety and some can take up to a year to improve. In the future, just avoid BLT (bend, load, twist) all at the same time to protect your back. Good luck!

    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.
    AvatarDiscodan
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    So another update and maybe some advice needed.
    So at end of April into early May I was busy for a week on farm, I was driving tractor on rough ground for a few hrs each day and picking stones. I felt the tractor driving in particular caused me some discomfort as i was being thrown around inside the cab. I noticed after this week i couldnt walk very far{2km} without feeling the same discomfort/numbness along with mild referral pain down my left leg, very similar to how i felt in my original post last November. I got physio which helped but after a few days i resumed work as normal on farm and the discomfort returned, at no point did i feel any sharp pain, it was more of a discomfort that gradually gets worse with activity or driving tractor. It can be very uncomfortable at night. I got more physio a couple of times and took nurofen but have been struggling ever since. I went to my GP 3 wks ago and he gave me a reducing dose of steroids{prednisoline) for 8 days which made a huge difference in my recovery last November but they didnt seem to have the same effect this time around. He was happy with my reflexes and my range of movement is pretty good without feeling any sharp pain. So its been 9 or 10 wks now like this, there have been times i felt i was making progress having 2 or 3 good days but i easily irritate it again by doing very small things like walking that little bit further, maybe 3km or by doing something on farm. Ive kept away from doing any heavy lifting or tractor work.

    I have a follow up appointment with surgeon on july 29th which will be 15months post op.
    Have you any advice? Should I request another Mri before seeing him?

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