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Is surgery always necessary for radiculopathy?

myharrietmmyharriet Posts: 9
I am currently trying conservative treatment for my sciatica. My MRI showed matter from a herniated disk (L5)pressing on nerve root at S1. So far the only thing that is helping is the prednisone. Is it possible to recover from this without surgery? I am also receiving chiropractic treatment and electrical stimulation. I am waiting for physical therapy.


  • but having a laminectomy 15 years ago the 10 years later having to have it re done with the addition of a discectomy THEN 5 years later having the most horrific operation i can think of the dreaded ALIF fusion .i would advise against surgey especially fusions as they are life changing {in many cases for the worst] if you do NEED surgey find a top consultant and have the most minimal surgery that you can get away with
    tony {UK{}
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • The answer is NO, but you probably have to allow for several weeks (in my case 7) to feel better.

    I hope to avoid a flare up in the next 6 months and eventually a surgery.
    Almost 2 months ago when my problem started I could not imagine getting better without a surgery.

  • My pain started in late November. Right after Christmas it became excruciating and I honestly didn't know how I could live with it, it was the worst pain I could imagine and I have had 6 children. It is a little better now, but as soon as I run out of the prednisone the leg pain returns. I start physical therapy tomorrow. The chirocpractor/nurse practicioner who is treating me suggests that if it doesn't get better with the conservative treat that I see a doctor he refers to who does miniminally invasive surgery and has treated several of his patients sucessfully. I would rather avoid surgery, but right now I am really limited in what I can do. I am 71 years old. I still have a lot of life to live and don't want to be an invalid!!
  • If all what your doctors suggest does not produce a satisfactory result, try laying in bed for as long as you can (assuming this relieves your pain).
    I stayed in bed for almost 7 weeks , 90% of the 24hour day ... (up only for the loo, and to walk 15 minutes every 3 hours)
    Medrol must have helped a lot too.
    I was lucky enough to be able to walk without much pain and to be painless lying down in bed.

    I hope you get much better soon.
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