Monday, July 26, 2010

Response from Dr. Schultz! Indeed, there is some improvement!

Greetings everyone. I got a response from the Doctor, and I was feature on the Regenexx blog. With comparison pictures, I can actually see a reduction in the bulge. He is recommending another injection... But I don't know if I'm willing to go through with it if it involves another bone marrow aspiration.

Read the regenexx blog post:

http://www.regenexx.com/2010/07/stem-cells-used-to-treat-a-disc-bulge-a-case-of-some-improvement-but-additional-treatment-likely-needed/

5 comments:

  1. I would wait on another injection; decreases in the disc bulges occur naturally. I would wait and see if the change is significant overtime (have another MRI in 6 months). I just would just be patient. I have Degenerative Discs much like yours and the symptoms; back pain and leg pain resolve themselves over 3-4 month or more period. I would be very interested in the procedure if the treatment total resolves the bulge and/or the disc shows signs of rehydration. I would continue and try to increase blood flow to the area to promote healing and be patient and wait to see if the results are more defined.

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  2. If you look closely you can see a slight change in the hydration content of the disc. I would go through another round. Regenexx indicates on their site that they can store MSC for future use, if you want to continue to repeat the treatment.

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  3. I've had some of the Regenexx treatment for a bulged disc myself. My L5/S1 disc got injured on a rowing machine. I was rowing with bad technique, in May 2009. In late September 2009 I got a PRP/Dexamethazone ESI from Dr Centeno. I will share with you that it took a good 6-7 months before I experienced the majority of my improvement. The dexamethazone (cortizone) wore off after about 6-8 weeks but my back continued to improve, its now about 95-97% healed. In comparison to your own condition, my situation wasn't as bad.

    There is a strict regime with Regenexx procedure. You have to avoid NSAIDs COX-2 inhibitors, Marijuana, alcohol, among other drugs etc, which might not be easy as it seems to do. For me it wasn't easy!

    Mike, I too looked at your before and after MRI's and there did to me seem to be a physical improvement in the bulge into the spinal nerve that was causing your sciatica. I know the procedure is expensive, but I think its smarter than going under the knife.

    JM

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  4. Mike I would go another round of treatment if you have the cash. I would store MSC for future use. I would repeat the treatment again. If you had a 20% reduction in the disc bulge I would see what improvement would be with another round of treatment and take the doctors advice.

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  5. Firstly THANKYOU sooooo much for putting all of this time and effort into your blog! You are an inspiration forhelping not only yourself & others!!

    One Question : Why did you decide to quit your stem cell treatment here and jump to steriods?

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