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Posted by twinleaf on January 8, 2011, at 12:33:34

In reply to Re: Percoset or Medicinal Marijuana for Acute Pain twinleaf, posted by BearNCrow on January 8, 2011, at 10:58:51

I had a 12-year history of low back pain with radiation down my left sciatic nerve. This was due to three ruptured discs, Over time, I got other problems related to arthritis and bone overgrowth - spinal stenosis and bone spurs. I began developing nerve damage on the left side.

The neurosurgeons at Hopkins are young and trained in new minimally invasive and bone remodeling techniques. My surgeon trimmed protruding discs, removed bone spurs, opened up an area of stenosis and generally remodeled the bone so that it was no longer pressing on any nerves. He told me that he spent much of the operation (4 1/2 hours) grinding bone with a diamond drill.

I had consulted at other centers, and was offered a spinal fusion only, which would not have helped me. Now, two months later, I am completely pain-free. I feel as though I had never had any back problems.

You can send your MRI to a surgeon there and get an opinion via e-mail as to whether an operation can help. Look up "Spine Center - John Hopkins" on-line, and choose the surgeon who seems most suited to your situation.

 

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