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New Please help Bulging Disc but could it be DDD?

Hi everyone

Im new and just wondered if anyone could possible help me (well my husband)

My Hubby has had sever back pain, leg weakness, pins and needles and back weakness for over a year now. He was initally put on meds which they have kept on upping until they gave him oramorph for the pain. After 2 months of having the pain he had to be signed off of work, as he works as a warehouse oprative (heavy lifting etc). In sept he went for an mri and they found he had a bulging L5 disc which was pressing on the S1 nerve. Consultant wanted him to have surgery to rectify the problem and allow him to go back to work. However the surgeons wouldnt allow him told him to go for a cortizone injection. So we went to the hospital to have it done, only to be seen by the specilist to say that the injection would not relieve the pain he was getting and refused him. He came out of there so dispondant. I called his consultant and she basically told us that there was nothing she could do and is now refetrring him to the pain management clinic at our local hospital.

His normally a health man who is only 24 years old, but did do a phycial job.

The specialist basically told us that because he did heavy lifting as a job, he was a smoker (no longer and has quit for 5 years) and because his parents (both) have had DDD that there is nothing they can do for him.

Are they saying that it isnt just his bulging disc that he has got but also DDD? were so confused because normally they help people with bulging discs but they dont seen to be helping him at all.

I called our doc and she said to apply for DLA as this isnt going to go away, but didnt tell us any more.

Can anyone please help us or shed any light on there experiance!

It would be very much appreciated.

Thank you


  • Hey there, is this a worker's compensation issue? I can relate if it is and would highly suggest you retain an attorney. At a minimum, go and get legal council from an attorney that specializes in this type of law. If the doctor is referencing anything "Law," then you definitely need help. If the insurance company is denying something that is medically necessary, then you definitely need help.

    Good luck to you guys. Hang in there :)
    Matt B
  • hi i have a anular disc bulge l4 x 5 i have no idea why there not operating it dosent make sense im having mine done ,if they show you your mri and you have a bulging disc they should do it no matter what your job is ? good luck
    helen t
  • I have had back issues for years. I have to tell you that it is not usually a quick process to get it resolved. At least it has not been for me. For years I have had problems confirmed by MRI and CT. I had everything from physical therapy to cortizone injections. I was told at that time that I would need surgery in the future, but because I was pretty young, only 36 at the time, that I needed to hold off as long as possible. Because once you have surgery the other discs will go bad faster. So I decided to try and live with it. I also refused to take narcotics for the pain, I am an RN and have seen the devastating effects that long term narcotics use can have. I lived with the pain and nerve issues for several years. This past June I suddenly got much worse, the pain was overwelming and the numbness and tingling in my leg was disturbing. I had an MRI again and they found that I had bulging discs from L3-S1, with the L5-S1 disc being the worse. It was bulging so far that it had caused spinal stenosis and nerve impingement. Since June I have had to try PT again and had one injections that did not help at all. I was told by my surgeon that in order to get the insurance company, (and I have private insurance, it is probably worse for state or federally funded insurance such as Medicaid or Medicare), to pay for surgery we had to exhaust all conservative treatment options. This past Friday I had a discogram, it was not a fun experience but I believe it has finally given them the answers they need to determine what treatment would work best for me. It showed that I have total disintegration of the discs at L4-L5 and L5-S1, and that I have a complete tear at L3-L4. I see a neurosurgeon in another week, I believe I will need surgery. But the point of my long story is that it can take years of trying different things before they will consider surgery. No matter how bad it seems, surgery comes with complications and they want to make sure it is the only option. If you read these boards you will see that many people who have had surgery are not much better than they were before, some do get better, but there are no guarantees. Thats why many doctors are extremely cautious about doing major spinal surgery. I will also tell you that the liklihood that he will be able to return to a heavy lifting job after surgery is very very slim. It would compormise the success you might get from the surgery and it often takes more than a year before complete healing occur after surgery. Either way I believe he will either need to get disability or find a less physically demanding job. I am not sure about where you live, but here in NY they have programs to help people with physical limitations get training and find work in more approriate jobs. I certainly have not been able to return to floor nursing where I have to lift heavy patients and stand on my feet for 12 hours. I now have a desk job basically doing administrative nursing duties. As hard as it is your husband will have to change his lifestyle, especially if he has surgery. Good luck getting through all this.
  • @mymaia and Sammyjo
    Wow my issue sounds just like mymaias. I'm an ex diamond driller of 20 years.I've been suffering since 2006 and i'm now 39. I've had all the physiotherapy and pain management, 2 very painful injections one of which worked after about a month but three months later the pain came back in full swing. The second one made the pain worse. All the prescribed painkillers do nothing so I try to do things to atleast keep my core strong and learn to live with pain never getting a decent nights sleep. I don't want surgery because I haven't heard one positive thing about it. Some days I feel like i'm just waiting for life to pass by so all the pain will end but I have to be strong for my children. It's a lifelong struggle to say the least, I used to love having a physical job I was good at and keeping fit going to the gym regularly but now i'm stuck on esa (disability kind of allowance) being hassled by the unhelpful jobcentre who seem to think I would rather be at home with F all money rather than making a decent wage like I used to. It's not easy trying to find a new career after doing one trade for 20 years let alone trying to find one you can do whilst being in so much pain every day and night. If you're not going through it then it's unlikely you'll understand. I hope this can help in some way, probably not lol but atleast you know that you're not alone.
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