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Hi im blake

blakey8bblakey8 Posts: 7
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:42 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello all,

My name is Blake, im 34 and I suffer sciatica caused by a herniated disk at L4-L5. This was due to a car accident about 5 months ago.

I take anti-inflammatory medication along with visits to my chiropractor regularly but I'm still in pain.

I have been a passive reader of this forum for awhile and I have just joined in order to engage in some of the discussions with people who suffer like me.

I'm looking forward to getting to know you all,



  • Sorry to hear you're still in pain after the accident. I hope the next step is a Spine Specialist(Neurologist or Neurosurgeon or Ortho Dr.) with a referral from your Primary Dr. My Chiro didn't want to touch me with a herniated disc except with a TENs machine and some exercises and massage. I hope you ask what's next? from your Primary Dr. Hopefully you find more answers and get some more pain relief. Take care and great support here when you need it. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Hi Blake :H & welcome to sh. However I am sorry you have a need/injury to be here.

    I was a FIRM believer in chiropractors and truthfully still am. I started out just like you with the same injury and did just what you are doing for about 3 yrs. When I finally got around to seeing a Nuro & Ortho I was a mess. I don't blame it on the Chro per say. I just think there is more to this type of injury then chro ALONE can help us as much as we need it.

    I hope you will seek out more help much quicker then I did.

    I still see my chro along with my other Drs ;)
    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.
  • Hi Blake,

    Welcome to SH. I also suffered from an L4/5 herniation. As you can see by my signature below, I have had 2 surgeries and every conceivable conservative treatment before fusion. I do wish you the best of luck. Finding a good Orthopaedic Surgeon or Neurosurgeon is the best bet. If you have questions, this is definitely the place to ask and the site it's self has great info and articles. I hope you can find an approach to treatment that works for you :)

  • Hi Blake

    Sorry you're still in pain since your car accident. Have you had any cortisone injections? They work for some people. Have you tried Lyrica or Neurontin for the sciatic pain? If the herniated disc still doesn't heal, then I'd suggest making an appointment with a neurosurgeon or orthopaedic surgeon.

    I hope you find a treatment that will work for you.


    XLIF L2-4 20.8.15
    ALIF L4/5 2009
    Laminectomy/discectomy L4/5 2008
  • Welcome aboard. I have had a spinal fusion at L4 &L5 but I suffer from savage pain in my feet and legs. It's Neuropathy brought on by nerve damage.
    You will find a lot of good information here and hopefully make some good friends too.
    Cheers :H
    Patsy W
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i have severe sciatica as well in my left leg and hip. i use Lyrica which works really well for me. :D i did suffer from severe side effects to begin with but my body adjusted and i am fine now... i do hope you find a solution to your pain problem. good luck! Jenny :)
  • I'm 22 and suffered a herniated disc 10 months ago (work related). I had horrible sciatica down right leg but worst pain was in the buttocks area. I couldn't sleep, drive, sit, or lie down without pain. I tried every conservative option out there, besides epidural injections and finally after 9 months got in touch with a neurosurgeon who on march 2nd performed a microdiscectomy on my l4-l5 disc. I am now 4 weeks post op and these past 3 days have been feeling like what I could only imagine winning the lottery would be. FANTASTIC! I do however still have minor echoing pain but considering the pain pre-op, it's black and white.

    A few other comments I can think of that you may find useful are the following...

    (1) I have a friend (22yrs old) who herniated his l5-s1, had very similar symptoms as mine and who also exhausted every conservative option out there before undergoing the same mircodiscectomy procedure. He on the other hand waited a year and a half with persistent symptoms before undergoing surgery but is now about a year post op and feels back to 98% his normal self with no pain.

    (2) An interesting statistic my surgeon (a family friend) explained to me was that 90% of patients who suffer a herniated disc recovery with 3-4 months post incident. The unlucky 10% usual succumb to surgery...

    And finally (3) I found as far as meds go gabapentin worked well for me - its similar to lyrica or neurotonin and just plain over the counter advil did wonders. And for all the treatments I worked through I found the most effective was working one on one with a pilates instructor who gave amazing tips about proper posture. Which to this day and for the rest of my life I am going to live by them religiously.

    Hope some of this helps. Oh and by the way surgery wasn't nearly as horrifying as I had imagined... 1.25hr long procedure, was walking 2 hours afterward, home the next day and haven't taken a single pain killer since leaving the hospital :)

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