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Major back pain even after lumbar discetomy, inflammation still seen in MRI. What to do ?

I had a lumbar discetomy of L4-L5 11/12 and still have major back pain. My MRI suggest discitis so I have done 3 disc aspirations and blood work all showing negative. Referred to ohio state spine institute had 4th MRI X-rays and blood work. Still negative but with inflamation present on the MRI. I have yet to receive a diagnosis because the results are always negative for infection but still no progress. Please HELP! Don't know what to do
Asked On : Tue, 30 Apr 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
Thanks for writing to us.
The persistent inflammation in the area of the disc can be relieved with the help of local steroid injections. The treatment is done according to the severity of the symptoms. Till then take mils anti inflammatory medicines for relief.
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Answered: Wed, 1 May 2013
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Cardiologist Dr. Anantharamakrishnan's  Response
Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

If it is not infection, it may be inflammation or degeneration...
You have not stated your age, gender, personal habits, family history or co-morbidities

Rheumatologist may help / specific investigations may be necessary...
Neurological opinion can help / Electromyography and / or Nerve Conduction studies may be necessary...

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
Answered: Thu, 2 May 2013
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