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fizz123ffizz123 Posts: 1
HI guys
Im new to the forum.

Im 28 and was recently diagnosed 3 weeks ago) with an MRI with a disc 'protrusion' around 7mm at L5/S1 on the right side.

Initially i had back low back pain, and shooting pains in my right buttock and leg. The severity of the pain has improved over the past 10 days. But, the general nerve pain is still there, i get random pins/needles in my calf and foot. i am able to walk-infact walking seems to help, but at the same time..my leg feels a bit weaker, its hard to say ''weak'- but i would say there is just general discomfort in my thigh/foot/hip.

I was wondering if anyone has any advice about how to treat this?. I am getting a neurosurgeon consult next week , i saw an ortho surgeon..he said to use conservative treatment for the next 2 months..and see what happens. Im worried, i hope these symptoms resolve on their own. I dont have severe or excruciating pains like many people with disc problems. But- the general discomfort is annoying. any tips?



  • Very similar with me (just posted details). My protrusion/extrusion is a bit larger (13mm), but I'm pretty much exactly where you are, with less pain, but still tingling in leg and foot. I also walk with a bit of a limp now, which sucks, since I was preparing for my first half marathon, and have now scrapped all running and will just be happy to get to a semi-normal point.

    Only advice I have is that I switched from Ibuprofen to Aleve, and I think that has helped me a little. They are different. I'm going to DR. on monday, and I'll let you know what he recommends for me (I'm thinking PT, but he's probably thinking surgery). We should compare notes.

  • Well, looks like we are further mirroring each other with our issue:). I now have a consult with neurosurgeon in the next week or so. I wish there was a way to reliably choose the best neurosurgeon, rather than just getting whomever is available.

    I've also found that walking helps.

    Hope your condition is improving.

  • I'm 35 and I have a L5/S1 nerve root disc protrusion measuring 11mm but it was 7mm in February 2011 and in January 2012 11mm. I have tried PT but it made it worse. The only thing that has helped me was the epidural injections but it doesn't last long. I saw a neurosurgeon and he said he would do surgery because I've had it for 1 1/2 years and it's not getting better but I should draw a line in the sand and when I cross it let him know to do the surgery. My foot is now burning and my leg is starting to feel a little weak so now I'm getting really worried.

    I think it's time for surgery but I am so scared. I heard horrible things about it and he did say that it is very painful.
  • Looks like this situation is common. :)

    I started having pain last Wed. 4/25, and now here we are...

    The MRI showed a ruptured disk L4-5 (I think). I have no idea how big it is. The ortho surgeon (spine specialist) thinks a micro diskectomy would be the quickest way to recover. He made it sound so simple and has had one done himself.

    Since I have sciatic pain, weakness in my leg and slight foot drop messing with my gait, I'm inclined to think waiting to see what happens in 6 months may be difficult. I'll have other aches and pains from walking funny! And I need to be active!

    He said I could more conservatively try cortisone injections. But I don't see how that would help... it isn't curative - in that my problem is a protruding disk that has actually ruptured - so I don't understand how shots would help.

    But surgery...

    Is this surgery as common and simple (for a spine specialist) as a tonsillectomy is for a general surgeon?
  • I think much depends on how your injury happened too. Mine came on rather gradually getting worse over time; so, that's why the conservative treatment for me - meds rather than surgery.
    However, I will have a consult with a neurosurgeon coming up in case things get worse and I need to have surgery. The docs are probably concerned about the leg weakness you have - and from what I've read and heard from others with severe sciatica is if you have problems with your bowel and/or bladder they are more likely to suggest surgery.
    read about the procedure, learn about the recovery time, when you should expect to have improvement, and what to do if there is no improvement.
    I'm waiting to hear about my MRI results from Thursday to see if there were any changes or improvements in my disc.
    So, good luck, try to manage your pain as much as you can. If you're not taking Ibuprofen, try it for the pain, it is an anti-inflammatory so can help decrease the nerve pain (if you haven't tried this as yet)
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