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Hello from Pakistan

Hi guys,

Ive had a prolapsed disc since last year and this year it has extruded and is causing nerve compression and a lot of pain in the right leg (sciatica). The MRI report states :

L1/L2 through L4/L5 : Unremarkable
Conus meduularis ends at normal level. No evidence of intra or extra dural abnormal MR signal though out lumbar region is observed
Impression : Degenrative, disc dessicatory change predominantly right sided posterior disc bulge, right thecal sac compression, right neural foraminal stenosis and prediminantly right nerve roots conmpression at L5-S1 Level
Straightening of normal lumbar lodotic curvature is suggestive of back muscle spasm also

The pain has been there for 2 months now and Ive tried everything from NSAIDs to physiotherapy etc. I went to another city for a microdiscectomy and chickened out at the last second when I was told that they will have to remove a small piece of the backbone in order for them to get to the herniated disc (laminectomy).

Anyway, I was wondering if there is any other way to fix the problem other than surgery?
Im 35 years old and weigh about 80 kgs so not overweight, and I do not have blood sugar or any other medical history etc.
If my post is in the wrong forum them I apologize.

Please help as I have been in a lot of pain and am starting to get desperate :(


  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,730
    Have you tried to get a second opinion? I think you should, and be open minded.
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • Yeah mate,
    I've had more than a few opinions. Surgeons always recommend surgery while everyone else
    I talk to just tell me to wait it out.
    What do u think sir?
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