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L4/L5 herniated disc

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:37 AM in Lower Back Pain
I've been having low back pain for about 6 years now since I was around 16. Three months ago I was on a roller coaster and felt my back go out. The next few days were pretty rough, and I couldn't get rid of the back pain. Long story short, after trying everything under the sun to get this fixed, I finally got and MRI. Turns out I have a central disc protrusion with mild central canal stenosis and mild encroachment upon the bilateral L5 roots in the lateral recesses. The pain radiates into my butt and legs, all the way down to my feet. It's getting very hard to walk now, where it used to feel better. Everything I do puts me through excruciating pain, and it's only getting worse. My chiropractor is sending me to a neurosurgeon and an orthopedic surgeon next week. I was just wondering if anyone with this or a similar diagnosis and symptoms has had surgery before. I'm only 22, I've never had to deal with this before. I'm just wondering what to expect, I guess. Pain relief from surgery? Does it help with the leg pain? Has anyone done permanent damage to themselves that surgery could not fix? Please help :(

Thank you.


  • Jackie - I started out with the SAME injury as you have now. IF I had not gone back to work which is a manal labor job my injuries may not have gotten worse.
    In spite of me NOT listening to my Dr. I did go back to work for 3 yrs using the VAX-D treatment 3 times a week.
    Now it is probably too late for surgery to correct my injuries ( so the Drs say ).

    HOWEVER my point is - IF I had listened to the Drs AND kept getting the treatment I would be MUCH better off then I am now.

    I agree check into this treatment before you agree to surgery :)

    PS: each round of treatment is about 12 to 15 times being done 2 to 3 times a week so you maybe able to have this treatment while waiting for surgery and see if it helps.
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • There are some excellent articles on this website that with familiarize you with disc problems and terms that are used in your MRI. You might want to read through some of them prior to your appointments this week.

    Here is some basic explanations of various terms:

    and a video:

    After reviewing these, you will understand how you lumbar disc is causing pain in your leg, etc.

    Discs can heal without surgery. A spinal specialist will offer various conservative treatments first, with a surgical recommendation as a last resort.

    For now, avoid activities that involve bending or twisting at the waist, pushing, pulling, reaching overhead or to the side and do not lift anything heavier than about a gallon of milk. Please avoid roller coasters, for now. @) ...and other things that vibrate or jar the spine. Walking is the best exercise for you at the moment. Do not take to your bed -- you do need to keep moving even if it hurts. Just be sensible and do not overdo it.

    Also drink lots of water and be sure you are following a nutritious food plan so your body has energy to heal.

    Please post with your questions and concerns. That are many people that have had herniated discs, and can share their experiences with you.

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