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Hello All! I am new,...scared and hoping for support!!

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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in New Member Introductions
Hey to all.... This is my introduction. I am a 40 year old female from Michigan (man am I really 40??? I just turned about a month ago and and am obviously still having issues with it!! hahaha). I have really just started having back issues this year.(of course, I am 40 now!!) First episode I had was earlier in the year and they told me I had a slight herniation of the L5, got some vicodin and carried on with pain, but was tolerable. Then, this fall i was in my garage bent over to throw away a piece of paper...and BOOM my back was GONE....I could barely stand up, and went to bed with vicodin for the next few days. Went back to my Neurologist and he sent me for another MRI. This time the findings were a bit different. This is what part of my report says:

FINDINGS CONSISTENT WITH LOCAL LEFT SIDED POSTEROLATERAL DISC HERNIATION AT L4-L5 ABUTTING LEFT L4 NERVE ROOT WITH ASSOCIATED LEFT FORAMINAL NARROWING. CORRELATE CLINICALLY FOR A LEFT L4 RADICULOPATHY.

Now, I have been off work since that fateful day in October and have had severe pain in my lower back that radiates down both my legs. I of course was given the old stand by of pain pills (vicodin), and was referred to a Neurosurgeon. I have my appointment with him TOMORROW, and I am a wreck (probably why I am awake at 12:41am). I have also had 2 Lumbar Epidural Steriod Injections, and am scheduled to have one more on the 9th of December. So... I am concerned as to what this surgeon will say tomorrow, Is surgery inevitable????

Ok..done babbling. Any and all support welcome!
:SS
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  • If the herniation is pressing on a nerve root,you might have to have surgery...good luck,you have the choice though to have surgery or not....
  • Welcome to S~H :H

    Here is what I found: http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/herniated-disc/lumbar-herniated-disc

    In most cases, if a patient’s low back and/or leg pain is going to get better after a lumbar herniated disc it will start to do so within about six weeks. While waiting to see if the disc will heal on its own, several nonsurgical treatment options can help reduce the back pain, leg pain and discomfort caused by the herniated disc.


    Several of the most common nonsurgical treatments include:

    Physical therapy
    Osteopathic/chiropractic manipulations
    Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
    Oral steroids (e.g. prednisone or methyprednisolone)
    An epidural (cortisone) injection
    For a full list of nonsurgical treatments, please see Treatment Options for a Lumbar Herniated Disk.

    If the pain and other symptoms continue after six weeks, and if the pain is severe, it is reasonable to consider microdiscectomy surgery as an option to alleviate the pain from the herniated disc.


    Surgical Lumbar Herniated Disc Treatment
    A microdiscectomy is designed to take the pressure off the nerve root by removing the portion of the disc that is pressing on it, and to provide the nerve with a better healing environment.Using microsurgical techniques and a small incision, a microdiscectomy can usually be done on an outpatient basis or with one overnight stay in the hospital, and most patients can return to work full duty in one to three weeks. For full information on a microdiscectomy please see Microdiscectomy (microdecompression) back surgery.

    With an experienced surgeon, the success rate of surgery for a lumbar herniated disc should be about 95%. Usually, only the small portion of the disc that is pushing against the nerve root needs to be excised, and the majority of the disc remains intact.

    Good luck and I hope to see you around the forum :)

    PS~40 is the new 30(lol)I'm 48 :??
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,720
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    As the previous posters indicated, from the write up of your MRI that you provided, it seems you have a disc that is pressing on a nerve root which is causing you the leg pain (sciatica). But to really understand the MRI readings, please consult your doctor. No member on Spine-Health is fully qualified to read or interpret MRI's. What you may receive is personal opinions based on one's own situation.
    What is your doctor's advice and action plan for you?
    The ESI's are a good start. In fact, you should explore all the conservative treatments (Physical and Aqua Therapy, Passive Traction, Acunpuncture,Ultrasound, etc) before considering surgery.
    That is the normal action plan for most people with disc related problems. However, when a disc is pressing on a nerve root, sometimes it is necessary to bypass some of the treatments mentioned above and have surgery sooner. The problem is when a nerve root is being impinge, the longer you hold off correcting that you might be faced with a longer recovery time in terms of nerve pain.
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  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am sorry you are having chronic pain. ~X( please be sure and get more than one opinion, especially if surgery is recommended. there are many people here who can attest to the wisdom of it. :? good luck and make yourself at home! Jenny :)
  • You will find lots of info and support here. second opinions are always a good idea for any type of surgery. Good luck and please keep us posted.
  • mom23girlz- welcome to the forum. Hope the surgeon appt went well. I don't know what his recommendations are but you can always get another opinion or 2 if needed...jade
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