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New Comer to the L5, S1 Herniated Disc Club

bbice854bbbice854 Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:53 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello anyone reading,

Stats -

Age: 26
Weight: 180
Gender: M
Symptoms -

Numbness in right leg starting approx 5/2/2011. Accompanied with weakness in right calf the next day. No cronic pain. Tightness in claf and glutes. Twitching from glute to calf.

I can not peform any calf raises on the right leg.
Diagnosis -

Unconfirmed - Herniated Disc between L5, S1 vertabre.

x-ray - doctors noticed degenration of the disc.
MRI Scheduled 5/9/2011.

To Start PT on 5/11/2011.

I'm looking for anyone who has experinced these same symptoms and might have further information regarding healing and timetables for someone in my condition. I know I'm not alone but these kind of things can freak someone out.




  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. you are not alone but there is not much i can tell you about your condition.. a doctor is best left to do that for you.. be patient and wait for your MRI and let the system work.. once you have your MRI, hopefully your doctor will be able to give you a diagnosis and a treatment plan.. it takes patience i know!! good luck to you!! and keep us informed!! Jenny :)
  • to SH. You have come to the right place. I have found the members here to be so informative and caring.
    Did you have your MRI today? Do you know when you will be getting the results?
    It is good that you are trying PT. Have you tried heat/cold, or a tens unit?
    Wishing you all the best with your MRI results. Are you seeing a spine specialist? Please let us know how everything goes with your tests.

    >:D< Karen
    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
  • No MRI yet. Its at 4:00PM EST.

    We will have to wait and see what the results are.

    Thanks for your kind words. So far I think I'm lucky to not be in pain.

    How are things going for you? From the look of it you have had a rough go with your back.

    Let me know I will keep everyone informed what is happening to me.


    Bryan :)
  • Was wondering how you were doing. Did you get your results from your MRI yet?

    >:D< Karen
    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
  • hi bbice854.
    its been a while since i have logged onto this site due to believe or not the same problem you have. i was born with a congenital disloacted hip which means i have chronic pain, arthritis, spine pain and one leg is 4 1/2 inc shorter then the other. early last year i was diagnosed with plantar facitiatis (sorry about the spelling) since then my situtaion has gotten worse. my right leg began cramping, numbing when i sat down to the point i was losing feeling. i also had an mri scan which showed the herniated disc and it didnt look cute. to cut a long story short i have been off work for five months after being diagnosed with a severe herniated disc l5/s1. this was compromising the nerve down my leg and spine. pain was excrutiating. treatment was bedrest, Butrans patches, no bending, lifting, nothing, nada, ziltch.
    now that i have recovered i have been left with lasting effects which is unable to stand and wash dishes for e.g as i just cannot stand comfortably.
    the rest of my treatment is going to be physio, swimming and epidural for pain relief.
    however as this could happen again especially as i run the risk of bladder and bowl continence, i will have no choice but to have surgery.
    the best advice i can suggest is time, patience and lots of pain relief. i also purchased a tens machine from ages ago and i found that helpful as well. hot water bottle was useful too.
    hope that this helps.

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  • Welcome. Sorry to hear you are going through that, I too had a herniation on my right side, L5-S1 herniated disc and the doctors and my MRI also noted some degeneration or narrowing of the canal at L4-L5.

    I was in the same boat as you, my pain began years ago but really came to ahead in January 2011, after standing for hours on end and lifting kegs at my old restaurant job one day I had shooting and burning pain down my right leg, starting at my back just under my backbone on the right side and through my butt.

    I ended up leaving my job and moving back in with my parents. Finished up my semester of school and by May 2011 I was walking to and from class with a limp.

    FInally the last day of class I got my first epidural. The first one didn't help too much, it actually made things worse for about 2-3 weeks and it slowly and steadily got better. I got 2 more epidurals one at each spinal herniation.

    It took what felt like an eternity, I spent most of last summer that just passed laying in bed, doing push-ups with my hips on the floor (backbends), using ice packs, heat packs, a lot of and probably not healthy amount of NSAIDs and painkillers, physical therapy and a lot of other stuff. The first few months after the injection were extremely painful, I felt very disabled, not able to walk or stand for long and I couldn't drive at all for like a month.

    Stick with whatever treatments your doctor recommends. I've seen docs several times in the past 3-4 years, well a chiropractor before, but they all suggested physical therapy and I really did not take it seriously until last summer when I was dying in pain and would do anything to make it better. Like I said, it happened EXTREMELY SLOWLY and gradually but I got better, I still have minor twinges and aches in my right hip and buttock area and upper thigh, but largely I can ignore it, I can sit at the computer, I can sit in class, I can drive again, and am extremely thankful.

    Keep your spirits up and message me if you want! I remember well how hard and annoying it is to deal with L5-S1 herniation.
  • (8) Well...off to suergery Thursday morning for L5-S1 disectomy and fusion.Not scared just a lil nervous...lol.Im in good hands though.My surgeon is a regional specialist and rated one of the top in his line of specialty!Thats the comforting thing!Anyone else out there with similar situations please research your options and surgeons...it may mean the diff between a fast recovery...or problems.I know it hurts...boy dont I know...however taking a lil time can benifit! Good luck to all out there!I will keep everyone updated when I come home prob on sunday Jan8
    Thanks Matthew
  • :) Hello Everyone! I just found this website today,and I am so glad. Depression is setting in.I have never felt so sad about everything.I was wondering if anyone that had this same type of surgery would tell me how long the hip that they removed the bone from hurt. It is exactly 5 weeks to the day that I had it done. My leg is throbbing, tingling and the sciatic nerve pain is worse than before the surgery.I also had some weird thing happen to both my hands while I was in the hospital. Both my palms turned a very strange red color with severe itching on them.Also my neck and legs broke out with little itching bumps I was wondering if this happened to anyone else to.
    Thanks for listening !
  • Hello- I also have L5-S1 herniation. I am now entering the 5th year of this "club". I felt lost and alone until I found this site--- and the support here. You truly have to wear the shoes to understand how entirely this affects lives!! the best advice has already been given.. do your PT. As much as you can.. challenge yourself daily with goals a little more than yesterday. Keep moving.. stretch- stretch- and keep aligned!
    I am so thankful for this site, and all the great information available. What a learning process though eh??
    Keep positive!!
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