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Another back pain sufferer

namwensnnamwens Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:00 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello Everyone

My name is sam and i live in australia.

In april 2011 i managed to have a spondylothesis on one of my lower vertebre. This was a result of a rugby injury to which i never really recovered from.

in october 2011 i was hopping into my car as a normal person does and i managed to herniate one of my lower discs. at this point in time i was still not 100% recovered from my spondylothesis.

In october i was sent for a CT scan which identified that the disc was herniated. i was sent for a cortisone injection which was a major waste of time in my opinion.

4 months later i was still experiencing pain, both my butt cheeks were tight and no matter how much stretching i couldn't get them to relax. In january i was beginning to feel sciatica like symptoms so i went back to my doctor who sent me for an MRI scan (which i've attached).

My doctor has now referred me to an orthepedic surgeon who specalises in spinal. i've been reading up on google which is probably not the best way to get infomation and i stumbled across this forum. I guess what im seeking is what sort of thing am i likely to hear from a specialist? From what i can gather a discetomy is a procedure that might fix my problem but to be honest im a little scared of the idea of spinal surgery as a 25 year old.

2.3cm herniation of the disc according to the report. is what im experiencing a common thing?




  • Has your Dr. sent you for Physiotherapy yet? Usually they order Physiotherapy to see if that will help and injections.

    I had a herniated disc heal on it's own over time but your Orthosurgeon will let you know the best possible treatment and I would always get a second opinion if surgery is offered. Welcome to Spine Health. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • oh yeah, i should have mentioned that i have been going to a physio fairly regularly, i also tried going to an osteopath without any positive results.

    The MRI scann is after 3 months of physio/osteo treatment.
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