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I had a Mri Done Results

mikeystcmmikeystc Posts: 21
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Lower Back Pain
hi there my name is mike i am 30 years old and my doctor told to get a eqidural but i am scared..

L5/S1 There is a Annular Tear & Disc Herniation
L3-L4 Mild Circumferential Disc Bulge No Disc Herniation

I Scared of The Eqidural/NSAIQ Of The Side Effects The Chiropractor Told Me No Surgery Is Need Just Ice & Medication


  • Welcome to Spine Health Mike.

    I have had several ESI injections over the years. They can help tremendously with pain and help your MD identify your pain. Why is a DC making decisions on your spine? Do you have primary care physician that can refer you to a real specialist? You may want to get a second or third opinion from a qualified specialist and I personally would not take the word of DC (been there done that).

    How are you feeling? Is your pain manageable? Is there neurological problems that you think are coming from your low back? I am no doctor, I have been Had my chiropractors before. They set me up with the Vax-D when they did not know the full extent of my injury. It was terrible. After the NS consult I found out it probably further damaged my l5-s1 area. Then I had to pay for the treatments that my insurance would not cover... It gets worse but that's enough for now.

    Good luck,
  • If you`re scared of the injection then don`t do it,

    cause emotions play a big role in immunity,

    try nutrional supplements, lots of water and deep breathing exercises to heal the injured tissue,

    the progress is slow but you are in control,

    and the control will give you confidence,

    which will help your immunity.

    Live to Pray
  • then why did they gave me 3 medicines

    diclofenac sodium 75 ec 2 times a day
    Cyclobenzaprine 10mg 2 time day
    Tramodol 50mg every 4to6 hours 2 daily
    do u think those medicine will work for me
    and also yes icing the lower back
  • I think your treatment really depends upon the symptoms. From what I've read, someone can have an annular tear or disc bulging with no symptoms...then it may resolve on its own over the course of several months.

    If you are having terrible pain, numbness, or incontinence (bowel or bladder), surgery may become necessary.

    I agree with the previous poster that you should have a neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon review your MRI. My chiropractor missed many neurological symptoms when I first began seeing him months ago. He should not have been adjusting me without imaging, but he did. I ended up with a pretty severe rupture at L4/L5 soon after starting to see him.

    Injections aren't scary, in my experience, but they don't always work. And you shouldn't have more than 3 in a 6 month period (according to my anesthesiologist). Seek a pain management center that is within a hospital, because you'll have an anesthesiologist doing the injections, probably with fluouroscopic guidance. There are side effects of injections, including weight gain and headache among others. I had an injection for an annular tear at L4/L5, and it didn't resolve pain or numbness for me.

    You should definitely get some physical therapy, but don't push yourself too hard. Getting in the water is absolute heaven for someone with lower back issues, btw! I did water therapy yesterday for the first time, and I never wanted to get out of the water. I hold onto something so that I can just hang my body, relaxed into the water...I can feel pressure relief down my spine. Marvelous!

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