IDET procedure for lower back pain

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 3/1/2008 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
My doctor just recommended I consider the IDET procedure for lower back pain. I have 2 bulged disc's,
L4/L5, with nerve pain numbness for 3 years now. I have had 3 sets of epidurals without the xray
machine redface and 4 using the xray machine. The shots help me, but the pain never goes
away-and I am on Ultram. Anyone know about IDET?

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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 3/1/2008 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I've heard of it. Had researched it at one point for myself, and found mixed reviews. I'd suggest really doing research on the succeess of the procedure at major universities (I think Cleveland Clinic had done it), but I read some things that basically seemed to say it doesn't work for the most part. It sounds good in theory - to obiterate the problem with radiofrequency procedures. Maybe it will help you, but talk to your doctor seriously, especially since you've had the pain for so long. I found out the hard way that nerves that have been compressed for a long time may not ever heal. But each situation is different. It's certainly worth investigation, as it's less invasive than surgery.

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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 3/2/2008 6:38 AM (GMT -6)   

Welcome longhaul!

Seriously here before I would consider any procedure from a Doc that has obviously left you in dire pain for so long believing ultram is a miracle drug I would do some frantic searching for another opinion myself.

You yourself stated "the pain never goes away" and you think this Doc has your best interests at heart?

Without knowing your medical coverage info I cant make any reccomendations on where to look but even without any coverage a good starting point would be a teaching hospital if nothing else. Most of those have some type of sliding scale fee or programs to assist.

I would be looking for better treatment options for my immediate pain issues before considering jumping thru anymore hoops and playing test dummy for a Doc who obviously has not cared enough to get me or keep me out of pain for so long.

My opinion here as I am a true believer that no one should have to suffer a pain that never goes away!

2 knee replacements & a hip.
spondylosis at L-4,5 & S1
arthritis,sciatica all that being a CPer entails!
If you stumble make it part of the dance!

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