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torn disc and compressed nerves in the lower back

chariboccchariboc Posts: 5
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in Lower Back Pain
I have torn disc and compresseed nerves in my lower back. I'm not sure what the process is to correct my problems i was told that i couldn't do physical therapy because it would only make my pain worse. Has anyone out there had this type of problem or surgery to fix this problrm? I'am in so much pain and the pain killers,and muscle relaxers don't work not even a little bit.


  • Hi chariboc...what level did you tear your disc at? Did you have an MRI to confirm this?

    What type of doctor did you see? I would recommend seeing a fellow ship trained Orthopedic Spine specialist or Neurosurgeon if you have not done so. They will be able to better explain what your options are based on symptoms, images, etc.
    They will judge options based on pain, duration of pain, location of pain, intensity of pain, etc.

  • the only problem, or do you have DDD, spondy, or arthritis along with it? Is it just one level? If so, you may be able to get by with a microdiscectomy. If you have other issues, there may be other treatments that would work better. It's best to discuss your options with your doc, as none of us here know all the facts. I had a micro-d and it worked for about six months. Unfortunately, things got really bad after that.

    All the best.
    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • Well i'am 28yrs old and i have not had an serious injuries. I have done an MRI thats how i found out about the torn disc and the compressed nerves. i also have a herniated disc on my tail bone.I went to the doctor yesterday and he told me that i will need surgery and he said that physical therapy will only make my problem worse there fore he wont be recommend me for physical therapy.So they made me an appt. with a pain management center and a surgeon.
  • well i'm back and i'm kinda pissed. i went to pain management and they gave me meds that i didn't need. Also i saw a surgeon and i have to have surgery but he wants me to wait 2 years and since i can't sit around in pain for the next 2 years i have decided to seek help threw another surgeon my 1st appt with my new doc is tomorrow so i hope things go well. i have tried the spine injections and i must b honest they didn't help me at all and injection. i have a whole new set of doctors now i hope they can pull together and get the job done and the right way. no more meds that i dont need and usless pt
  • they dont knw whats really going on with my back they think that i may have ddd but it is 2 early to tell because i'm so young. but surgery is a must i have been told by 3 diff doc that surgery is a must and the last surgeon that i saw wants me to wait 2years.
  • i saw a neurosurgeons and L2-L5 and and a herniated disc on S1
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