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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,662
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in New Member Introductions
I am a 29 yo f. Been having horrible leg pain since December 08. MRI was done in March after being incorrectly diagnosed with hip bursitis. Now i'm being told I need a microdiskectomy L4-5 and a hemilaminectomy. Some days I feel fine, but when I feel bad, I feel bad. I would like to discuss surgery with anyone who has had it as three neurosurgeons have now indicated that conservative treatments like PT and NSAIDS are not an option in my case. I still don't fully comprehend the whole diagnosis, all I know is that I want to rip my leg off most days. Any advice, info, etc. would be greatly appreciated.


  • I'm a cervical spiney, but I have a friend who had a 2-lvl microdiscectomy after many years of back and sciatica pain, and hers went great. Her pain was gone immediately and she was out and about after a couple of days. She had some residual muscle spasms and her leg is a bit numb, but all in all it was a great success.

    I don't anything about a hemilaminectomy, though.

  • Sounds like several years ago. Listen to your body, and dr.'s I had a lamnectomy, and it really helped, I think the procedure you have described is close to the same, basicaly it will ease the pressure on the nerve. This evidently wont go away with meds, or concertavive treatments. Choose one of the doctors you feel explains everything to you and showes you a model (plastic spine w/ nerves)and what you can expect in the longrun. Sleeping with a pillow between your knees helps alot. These are only my openions,and I do have pain. Check out the back and neck surgery boards, lots of good info there, there are videos on this site that will show what happens with differant surgerys and procedures. Good luck to you. Rose
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,878

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    There are ALWAYS options available to patients with spinal problems and that surgery might be one of them.
    The best advice I can give you is to become as educated as you can on the subject. This sites contains libaries of articles and videos on the various spinal conditions and treatments.

    You mentioned ESI's. The Epidural Steroid Injection is just one of the conservative treatments that can help shrink a bulging disc.
    The ESI procedure is not painful. Most doctors will administer a light sedative via IV to make the procedure even easier. Generally, ESIs can be given up to 3 times a year. Different doctors and different insurance companies may differ on that number. Reading posts from members here you might find a 50-50 split on the success of these injections. Manytimes, its not until the third one do you start to feel some relief.

    Here is a section on Spine-Health that will help you understand them. Spinal Injections

    There is also a video illustrating the ESI procedure
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    I wouldn't shut off Physical Therapy. Many times with spinal problems, you can get some relief through one of the conservative treatments. At that point, you want to make sure you are doing all you can that will continue to help in your situation. Always listen to your doctor, they are the ones with the medical expertise , Spine-Health members can offer only personal advice.

    And if surgery does become the eventual solution, make sure you have at least one second opinion that is in agreement on how to proceed

    Good luck
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
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