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L5 - S1 Discectomy Questions

ksucknokksuckno Posts: 6
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:43 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Hi Everyone,

I have been reading this forum and have no finally decided to post. I was in a car accident 9/09 and had sciatic pain in my right leg only. It didnt go away so I went to a chiropractor. Chiropractor was no help so went to an orthopedic surgeon who did and MRI & a discogram which revealed I had a hurniated and fractured disc (L5-S1). They then proceded to try the epidural steriod shots which provided no relief. I finally on april 5th 2010 had a discectomy done on the right side. So far (it is almost 4 weeks later) i have no signs of removed symptoms. My leg still seems to have sciatic pain. Additionally, I had a post surgery MRI done and it looks like he removed the hurniation. The exception to that is tha tthe left side of the disc is still bulging into the nerve. He says the left side cannoy make pain in my right leg...is this true? Additionally he gave me another epidural steriod shot today to try and help. Has anyone had a similar situation? and has anyone had success with the epidural steroid shots post surgery?

Any thoughts/advice will help.




  • I have had several epidural steroid shots. They were excruciatingly painful! My doctor said that it's a good thing when they are painful because that means that they got the needle to the right spot. Unfortunately, I felt very little benefit and only for a day or two.

    If yours didn't hurt much, then I would wonder if it was done properly or if the nerve was even irritated to begin with.

    Perhaps others have had more success? My understanding is that this a standard step in a list of things that are attempted prior to further surgery.
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