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Back Trouble

For almost a year now I've had trouble walking for more than 15 minutes.  Pain in my hip makes me stop.  I was diagnosed with some sort of disk fragment pinching a nerve in my spine.  So it was not my hip but a pinched nerve in my back that was causing the pain.
I ignored this for the longest time because when I stopped walking the pain stopped.  That was until a few months ago when the pain was coming whenever I stood up.  I was alternating taking Tylenol and Aleve all day long.
My doctor set me up for 3 spinal injections of steroid & pain killer.

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http://www.hopkinsorthogsh.com/lumbar_epidural_steroid_inject.html


If this does not work he may do spinal surgery.  It involves a 3 hour operation and 3 painful days in the hospital

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http://www.hopkinsorthogsh.com/spinal_fusion.html

My rheumatologist told me not to have the operation.
Why:
- Sometimes the spinal injections work for many years.  Most of the time they need to be done once a year.  Too many injections given too close in time will weaken the spine bones. But they easier than the operation.
-The operation does not always work & is riskier.

I'm not sure what to do.

Another Great GEICO Commercial

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This is the latest commercial I've seen.  I wonder if they actually sell more insurance this way or if they just like playing around. 
Now other insurance companies are starting to put out ads that are funny but GEICO still has the best.