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Sequestered Disc Displacement

BlissabBBlissab Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:50 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello Everyone,

I am a 50-year old male, non-smoker, in good health, physically fit, loves life, all outdoor activities, sports, etc.

I have been recently been diagnosed with L2-3 sequestered disc displacement. I have been struggling with lower back pain and spasms for the last two months with the conservative method of treatment. I recently have had the lower back pain and spasms subside about a week and a half ago, only to be replaced with horrible in-human sciatic pain in the lower back and legs. (vituallly crippling).

I have had a L2-3 transforaminal epidural injection 6 days ago which has diminished the in-human sciatic pain for more managable sciatic pain.

Has anyone else experience similar conditions, to what extent and how was the outcome?

Will the disc displacment fragment ever be absorbed by the body and what would the timeline be?

At what point should discectomy surgery be considered? And what are the considerations?

Thank you for any information,



  • MetalneckMetalneck Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,364
    I also have a Sequestered disk fragment at L4-L5 and will be seeing my pain specialist tomorrow a.m. for an ESI. I will ask him these types of questions and report "back". I am also going through an period of agravated pain/condition at that level so the timing is perfect. I'll report back tomorrow late morning.


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  • Hey D,

    I would like to hear any information you have and I hope that your situation will have a positive outcome.

    Thank you,

  • MetalneckMetalneck Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,364
    i had the first of two ESI to my L4-L5 disc space yesterday am. For the first 4-5 hours I was significantly pain free .. than whammo I was in fairly bad pain - but different than prior to the ESI. Some of the numbness in the top of my foot has reduced also ... today i believe that the steriod has migrated around the disc space and my pain is more like a 3 instead of a 6 ... I can get up without screaming now.

    I asked my PM doc about the sequestered portion of the disk ... he said it maybe reabsorbed - disolved or may stick around and cause more problems ... I also have "extruded" disk material at that level also so there is a tear involved.

    I will have a second injection next week Wednesday at the same level then hopefully will be rather pain free for 6 months to 1 year. Not bad for no surgery but time tells the tale .... Don't know if I am ready to turn him loose on my neck cause this a whole nother kettle of fish!!

    Good luck to you ... let us know how your progressing!


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