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DDD - Advice re:Surgery

I have been diagnosed with DDD since Jan 2011. I also had two disc prolapses L4-L5. For 5 months I was in chronic pain and limited mobility. This past year I listened to the doctors and walked,swam and done pilates. My back has improved greatly. However, I would still get the odd twinge everyday, sitting and walking can be painful. Sometimes I experience pain for all or parts of days. I also experience sciatica down left leg til ankle and it sometimes goes down my right leg.

I attended the hospital today for a check-up. He said I've come through the severe pain stage and things have eased off. He did mention surgery to remove disc, if pain worsens down legs and if I experience numbness. I have to go back in 6 months.

What do you guys think. I'm 29, married and currently husband and I are trying for a baby. I really want to avoid surgery. The surgeon said that my condition is a chronic one even though pain not as bad as it was. He also said the disc is very large.


  • Then hold off, I cannot even imagine what giving birth would do to a repaired disc. If it gets bad see about some steroid injections.

    Just in general, I did not consider surgery until there were no more options for me.

    Good Luck!
    L5S1 REMOVED herniation. Years of pain & compression. Microdiscectomy complete!! Trying to be super smart & safe with recovery!
  • Thanks for your advice, unless I have to I will try and avoid surgery at all costs. Like you say if I were to get pregnant and had the op before all good work might be undone! Have you ever had injections?Are they really sore getting them? I can only imagine the pain.
  • For me the epidural steroid injections were easy breezy. I screwed up a little after the first one and went back to work the next day. I think it was a weds goin into a thursday. The weekend was ok but i tweaked my back and had a panic attack cuz I thought I screwed something up. But it was just me freakin out a bit & overdoin it. For the next 2 I had em on a weds and took long weekends.

    But really they were easy, they give a local, so you dont feel the needles after that. The first one helped me for awhile, but the 2nd 2 not so much. Everyone is different for all of this. My father in law had one 25 yrs ago and hasnt had a problem since.

    So if it gets a little rough an ESI is no biggie and who knows, it could help you dramatically.

    Good Luck!
    L5S1 REMOVED herniation. Years of pain & compression. Microdiscectomy complete!! Trying to be super smart & safe with recovery!
  • Thanks so much for your honest reply,am not afraid of them anymore.
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