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Posted in: Herniated disc.


Started by Kristina M on 08/29/2017 8:12pm

My MRI report’s impression is: central disc herniation at L4-L5 and protrusion at L5-S1 with underlying degenerative disc disease at both levels.
I am in severe pain for 18 months so far. I feel tingling and numbness in my right leg. I feel tingling, numbness 24/7. Pain killers do not relieve pain %100. I want my life back without pain.

Do I need a surgery? If yes, what do you think about following surgeries - I was considering Percutaneous Laser Disc Decompression or Endoscopic Disc Decompression?
I am planning to have a child in future. Is it safe to have a surgery prior to giving birth?


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Hi, Kristina--thank you for your post! Your questions are all very good ones. Since we are not medical professionals, we encourage you to discuss them with your doctor. However, we have some information about herniated discs that we're happy to share with you.

Most people suffering from herniated disc respond well to conservative treatment (like medications or physical therapy) and do not require surgery. However, if you and your doctor think spine surgery is your best option, this is an excellent resource to learn about surgery for herniated discs:
( Surgery for a Herniated Disc )

Finally, we encourage you to read this blog post written by a spine surgeon on our Editorial Board: ( When is Spine Surgery the Next Right Step? ). It's a good read for anyone considering spine surgery.

We hope this information is helpful, and we wish you the very best of luck with whatever treatment path you choose!