Wednesday, April 30, 2014

3.5 Year Update - Facets and Lower Back

Greetings everyone. It's nice to still see people reading the blog. I've seen many comments pop up and they are all people in similar situations looking for a door to open.

First, i'll update you on my surgery: there are no updates. The disc is intact, same position, same height, same everything.

Second, i'll update you on my facets: plenty to talk about here. The disc has permitted motion beyond what the facets usually had, and these have had a level of inflammation that depend on my level of activity. Before surgery, I used to have leg pain. That is gone. Now I have lower back pain directly related to the facets. This inflammation causes my lower back muscles to contract and stay stiff, particularly in the mornings. Regular motion will loosen them up. Massages are a must. I've managed to control it with naproxen (aleve) and chamomile tea every day. Impact sports are a big NO NO. I've had terrible episodes where soccer led me to the hospital to get steroid injections on my facets. If you avoid this, you'll do just fine. I've stopped doing abs and this has definitely impacted my core's ability to hold up. I've started again this week as i've proven that his definitely helps. Alcohol is also a bid inflammatory agent. A night of drinking will lead to a day or two of pain.

As for my general lifestyle, the above paragraph isn't my daily life and thoughts. It doesn't consume me like it used to before surgery. I live a fairly normal life. I've just learned to avoid certain things and integrated certain remedies into my daily life. I'll be looking for surgical facet remedies to pop up in the next 10 years. Meanwhile, I can manage.

This should be a serious consideration for anyone considering artificial disc replacement.


  1. Thank you for the update. I admire how you have adapted to your stubborn facets. As a back pain sufferer, I have also had to modify my lifestyle.

  2. Hi Mike, I have been suffering from back pain for the past 8 years, my life has been affected very negatively since then. It affected my career I had to change three jobs because I cant spend enough time in one position. I live in Amman, Jordan and I came to know that a new centre for stem cells has been opened in the city. I want to try this option, It sounds like the perfect scenario, I read through your posts that it was not a success in your case. Do you think I should try? proably I will be the first to try the proceedure for herniated disc in Jordan.

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  4. It's good to hear that your condition is improving. It's also great to see that you've identified what you can and can't do while recovering. That makes it easier for you to cope up. The fact that you were even able to play soccer means you've progressed so much already. Just continue to avoid what needs to be avoided while you're on way to full recovery.

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