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Posted in: Herniated disc, Sciatica, and Surgery.

Re-herniated disk L5 - s1

Started by Hanyeye on 02/16/2018 3:33pm

Hi there looking for some advice

I herniated my disk last year after 4 months of pain, I decided to go see a neurosurgeon, got a MRI done and my L5 was herniated pretty bad. I was having bad sciatica down my right leg. I had surgery November 2017 and it went pretty well. Leg pain disappeared and was feeling good. I was still going to physio every week.

Then suddenly after a gym session and carrying my 10 month baby around one day ( he was very ill the poor boy) I woke up in the morning and got the same leg pain again :(. So I decided I better go for a scan and not leave it 4 months this time. Results came back and it’s herniated again :( but not as bad as last time. I have been told to wait it out. It’s been 4 weeks now and I don’t see too much sign of improvement.

Been doing some stretching and seeing my physio every week. Any one else’s disk healed on it’s own? Without more intervention? Thanks

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Hi, Hanyeye--thank you for your post! We are sorry to hear about your recurrent herniated disc.

Herniated discs have the ability to heal on their own through a process called resorption. This means that the disc fragments are absorbed by the body.

Most people suffering from herniated disc respond well to conservative treatment and do not require surgery. Here are some links to learn more about non-surgical treatment for herniated discs:
( Exercise and Herniated Discs )
( Physical Therapy for Herniated Discs )
( Drugs, Medications, and Spinal Injections for Herniated Discs )

We hope this information helps you, Hanyeye--we wish you the very best!


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FAILED L5 S1 laminectomy disectomy bone graft fusion, left leg and foot numb unable to move my toes
Started by MeLli83 2 days 1 hour ago
I'm 34 year old single mother of two very active boys I have had 3 back surgeries this past year my first one was an L5 S1 laminectomy discectomy it failed month later and I had another L5 S1 laminectomy with a scar tissue removal both with bone grafts fusions six months later I had a third L5 S1 laminectomy discectomy for the scar tissue removal and a detethering of my spinach cord, in November 2018 since then my left leg has and foot have been completely numb and im unable to move and bend my toes, I have done physical therapy, meds gabopentin, been to the ER for DVT doppler ultrasounds, last week i had a nerve conduction test which showed significant reduction of the left peroneal motor response and active Subacute left L5 radiculopathy, my neuro surgeon has scheduled an MRI for this Thursday and suggesting a spinal stimulation device. I'm doing anything to avoid my fourth back surgery and so hopeless every time we have the surgery it just creates more scar tissue and I'm just hoping maybe somebody else has had this experience and maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel or if they can offer any advice to me because I cannot get a second opinion I am on government assistance and an able to get another opinion from my surgeon here in Bakersfield


Hi Hanyeye-I am in the exact boat as you and wanted to see how you are doing. Are you feeling better? Or are you going to talk with your Doctor about next steps?

Keep me posted!