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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Exercise and Rehab
What could i do to help myself without surgery ?
I have DDD at L4/5 and L5/S1 with small annular tears and slight bulging and right sided L5 foraminal stenosis.
The pain is not bad but just a slight niggling pain.
My biggest problem is when i do aerobic exercise my right leg goes weak after 10 to 15 mins and i have to stop. My consultant says it is the L5 stenosis.
He just wants to give me an ESI but i want to try stretching/physiotherapy.
Anybody out there got any past experiance or knowledge of this type of problem and the stetching i could do.
Many thanks


  • You said you have a consultant, is that some type of doctor? I'm assuming you quoted the results of an MRI, the doctor that ordered it can refer you to a physical therapist who can teach you how to do proper stretching. There is also exercise information on this website (exercises for sciatica) that might help you.

    For most people, ESIs are typically the last "conservative" method of pain relief before surgery is considered. If you can live with the level of pain that you have, and your situation doesn't deteriorate there shouldn't be a need for surgery.

    The ESI is just a steroid shot to reduce inflammation and pain. Most likely the consultant believes that your leg weakness is due to the stenosis/annular tears and bulging interfering with your sciatic nerve. The ESI could help reduce the inflammation enough to give the nerve some space and allow you to exercise without weakness. You can try an ESI (or a series of ESIs) and choose not to have surgery.

    Good luck!
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