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Herniated l4-l5 disc need help

Started by rocus2016 on 12/28/2011 10:45pm

I have a 5.4 mm herniated disc l4-l5 that is causing sciatia down my right leg all the way down to foot. I have seen two spine doctors and they all say to try the epidural injections first. The injections seem lime a temporary fix for a few weeks to months and then back to the decision of whether or not to have surgery. I would like to just have a micro discetomy however the spine dr I saw today said that the herniation is in a difficult spot on the l4-l5 area to reach and that if I had a discectomy then he would have to cut through bone to reach the proper places. He then said that he would advise toward a disc fusion with screws and such. I sure as heck dont want that done. I am 35 and do not want to start a long line of back surgeries. Do an one have any input and why he would want to do a fusion instead of a discectomy? Please help as I am in intense pain and my dos wont even give me pain meds. What are your views of epidural injections other then just a way to pad the dr's wallet.

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Hello
My advice from your history :
You are still young so try to do hydrotherapy from 2 -3 month
I report 3 case before with sequestrated disc resolved spontaneous with hydrotherapy within 2 years
but if you didnot improved within 3 month and your spine stabel i think just microdiscectomy enough
for you with good result

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I would say go ahead and try the epidural. I was in same dilema as you when the chiropractor and pain mgmt doctor were suggesting it to me. I wasn't interested at first but when pain got real bad i took it and it did reduce my pain significantly and took it again with little impact.

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most hospitals offer some kind of charity care.
if you can get that threw the hospital they may also have a pain clinic they can send you to.
pain clinics can give the shots as well as pain meds.
i know were your disc is giving you problems.
and yes they do have to remove the bone to get around your spinal cord to get to it.
funny things is if they do that you can have them shave it instead of fusion.
get to a pain clinic.
they then can treat your pain as well as send you to a good doctor that will op to shave it instead of fusion.
also important.
for now.
put ice on your lower back.
leave it on until you can't feel your back.
this will help stop the leg problems.
its a pain but it does work.
i wish you luck.
but i think you need a new doctor.
i hope this helps.
ray.

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I became injured due to work related injury in April of 2010. Started epidural shots next month and ended up needing a fusion at l5-s1 in March of 2011. Those shots can help some people for many many months and for others its just a band-aid to what really needs to be done. My fusion surgery was a success and well worth it. I had minimally evasive with 1 rod, 2 screws and artifical disc. First few months rough but has gotten much better. I am 43 and in decent shape. Good luck to you hope you find wha works for you

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I just had my first shot last week....I herniated 3 discs but the L3 is the worst ones...The spine doc sent me to pain management....for the shots..but today she asked about surgery and i told her i was not ready and the pain doc said he feels I'm too young (45) and try the injections and go from there..I like his advice better...It stinks being in pain and feeling like a cripple at the end of the work day..but surgery to me is scary...So I'm trying everything else first..I also have spondylolisthesis..stenosis...arthritis and bones spurs and disc bulges....tears and anything else etc etc etc...Good Luck..!

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I just had my first shot last week....I herniated 3 discs but the L3 is the worst ones...The spine doc sent me to pain management....for the shots..but today she asked about surgery and i told her i was not ready and the pain doc said he feels I'm too young (45) and try the injections and go from there..I like his advice better...It stinks being in pain and feeling like a cripple at the end of the work day..but surgery to me is scary...So I'm trying everything else first..I also have spondylolisthesis..stenosis...arthritis and bones spurs and disc bulges....tears and anything else etc etc etc...Good Luck..!

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I just had my first shot last week....I herniated 3 discs but the L3 is the worst ones...The spine doc sent me to pain management....for the shots..but today she asked about surgery and i told her i was not ready and the pain doc said he feels I'm too young (45) and try the injections and go from there..I like his advice better...It stinks being in pain and feeling like a cripple at the end of the work day..but surgery to me is scary...So I'm trying everything else first..I also have spondylolisthesis..stenosis...arthritis and bones spurs and disc bulges....tears and anything else etc etc etc...Good Luck..!

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I just had my first shot last week....I herniated 3 discs but the L3 is the worst ones...The spine doc sent me to pain management....for the shots..but today she asked about surgery and i told her i was not ready and the pain doc said he feels I'm too young (45) and try the injections and go from there..I like his advice better...It stinks being in pain and feeling like a cripple at the end of the work day..but surgery to me is scary...So I'm trying everything else first..I also have spondylolisthesis..stenosis...arthritis and bones spurs and disc bulges....tears and anything else etc etc etc...Good Luck..!

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I just had my first shot last week....I herniated 3 discs but the L3 is the worst ones...The spine doc sent me to pain management....for the shots..but today she asked about surgery and i told her i was not ready and the pain doc said he feels I'm too young (45) and try the injections and go from there..I like his advice better...It stinks being in pain and feeling like a cripple at the end of the work day..but surgery to me is scary...So I'm trying everything else first..I also have spondylolisthesis..stenosis...arthritis and bones spurs and disc bulges....tears and anything else etc etc etc...Good Luck..!

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I just had my first shot last week....I herniated 3 discs but the L3 is the worst ones...The spine doc sent me to pain management....for the shots..but today she asked about surgery and i told her i was not ready and the pain doc said he feels I'm too young (45) and try the injections and go from there..I like his advice better...It stinks being in pain and feeling like a cripple at the end of the work day..but surgery to me is scary...So I'm trying everything else first..I also have spondylolisthesis..stenosis...arthritis and bones spurs and disc bulges....tears and anything else etc etc etc...Good Luck..!

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I just had my first shot last week....I herniated 3 discs but the L3 is the worst ones...The spine doc sent me to pain management....for the shots..but today she asked about surgery and i told her i was not ready and the pain doc said he feels I'm too young (45) and try the injections and go from there..I like his advice better...It stinks being in pain and feeling like a cripple at the end of the work day..but surgery to me is scary...So I'm trying everything else first..I also have spondylolisthesis..stenosis...arthritis and bones spurs and disc bulges....tears and anything else etc etc etc...Good Luck..!

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I just had my first shot last week....I herniated 3 discs but the L3 is the worst ones...The spine doc sent me to pain management....for the shots..but today she asked about surgery and i told her i was not ready and the pain doc said he feels I'm too young (45) and try the injections and go from there..I like his advice better...It stinks being in pain and feeling like a cripple at the end of the work day..but surgery to me is scary...So I'm trying everything else first..I also have spondylolisthesis..stenosis...arthritis and bones spurs and disc bulges....tears and anything else etc etc etc...Good Luck..!

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I just had my first shot last week....I herniated 3 discs but the L3 is the worst ones...The spine doc sent me to pain management....for the shots..but today she asked about surgery and i told her i was not ready and the pain doc said he feels I'm too young (45) and try the injections and go from there..I like his advice better...It stinks being in pain and feeling like a cripple at the end of the work day..but surgery to me is scary...So I'm trying everything else first..I also have spondylolisthesis..stenosis...arthritis and bones spurs and disc bulges....tears and anything else etc etc etc...Good Luck..!

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I just had my first shot last week....I herniated 3 discs but the L3 is the worst ones...The spine doc sent me to pain management....for the shots..but today she asked about surgery and i told her i was not ready and the pain doc said he feels I'm too young (45) and try the injections and go from there..I like his advice better...It stinks being in pain and feeling like a cripple at the end of the work day..but surgery to me is scary...So I'm trying everything else first..I also have spondylolisthesis..stenosis...arthritis and bones spurs and disc bulges....tears and anything else etc etc etc...Good Luck..!

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I just had my first shot last week....I herniated 3 discs but the L3 is the worst ones...The spine doc sent me to pain management....for the shots..but today she asked about surgery and i told her i was not ready and the pain doc said he feels I'm too young (45) and try the injections and go from there..I like his advice better...It stinks being in pain and feeling like a cripple at the end of the work day..but surgery to me is scary...So I'm trying everything else first..I also have spondylolisthesis..stenosis...arthritis and bones spurs and disc bulges....tears and anything else etc etc etc...Good Luck..!

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I just had my first shot last week....I herniated 3 discs but the L3 is the worst ones...The spine doc sent me to pain management....for the shots..but today she asked about surgery and i told her i was not ready and the pain doc said he feels I'm too young (45) and try the injections and go from there..I like his advice better...It stinks being in pain and feeling like a cripple at the end of the work day..but surgery to me is scary...So I'm trying everything else first..I also have spondylolisthesis..stenosis...arthritis and bones spurs and disc bulges....tears and anything else etc etc etc...Good Luck..!

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how does epidural done? does your surgeon make you fall asleep first before doing the shot?

john

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