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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi Everyone -
I am Kara and I am new here. Iam 35yo female in Northern California. Was recently diagnosed with migrated disc herniation L5 S1 with dorsal displacement of the left nerve roots.
Is anyone familiar with this. I was just told this morning and am still trying to wrap my head around it. I was not expecting to know for a few days.
Thank You


  • and Welcome K. I am somewhat familiar with your diagnosis as it sounds similar to mine. So I'm guessing you're at the "what do I do now" phase. That's where your medical professionals come in to play. I hope you have a good doctor who is willing to listen to you, answer any and ALL questions you have, and advise you on treatment options. Are you in a lot of pain? If so where is it and how bad is it? Is it radiating down your leg(s)?
    I wish you the best, and hopefully you can get some support from this site, and those of us who are in the same boat.

  • Welcome to the board...and sorry for the reason you found us. It sounds like you have a disk that has ruptured and little pieces have "migrated" away from the location of the disc (which is between your last lumbar disk, L5 and your first sacral disk, S1). Sometimes the disk remains more or less intact, and sometimes a large piece will break off. In your case, some part of it has traveled away and is now located in such a way as to be pushing against the nerve roots that exit the central canal on the left side.

    Do you have pain running down your buttock or "hip", down the back of your thigh and maybe even down to the outside of your foot to the little toe? That would follow the typical route for an S1 nerve that is injured or compressed.

    You do not say who diagnosed you. I hope that you are seeing a spinal specialist. If not, you will want to find one so that you are in the best possible hands.

    It is always a shock when you discover you may need spinal surgery. Please feel free to post all your questions and concerns. There are many on the board who have been down this road before you!
  • Thanks for the warm welcome.
    I am in the process of finding and getting referred to a neurosurgeon now. Part of the problem is that I have the State Medical coverage, and I know not many MD's are accepting it any longer. I had my MRI a week ago, and the report back is what said the sequestered, detached, and migrated disc fragment. Both my Chiro and PCP said there was nothing they could do for me, and that I needed to find a surgeon. I remain in severe pain, lower back, left buttock and left leg. They had started me on morphine, but just changed it today due to an allergic reaction (swelling, itching). I did not find it all too helpful anyhow with the pain. Was switched today to Oxycodone 80mg bid, with hydrocodone for the "breakthrough" pain Will see how it goes this weekend. I am still working at this point, more out of necessity though. Though I have the days that it takes many, many tears to get out of bed and showered.
    Thank you again for the welcome and suggestions
  • Help is on the way! I believe spinal surgery has come a long way in the last decade. What will they be doing after the next ten years....hopefully its even better!

    Be good to yourself. ;)
  • to SH. It's a great place for support and info
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