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Hi Everyone, im new here and have had chronic pain for over 20 years. I have back problems . I have herniated discs pressing on my nerve in the lumbar spine. I recently went back on pain meds and scheduled for lesi on Friday. I really hope the lesi works because if it fails I will have to have back surgery. Hope everyone is having a low pain day.


  • Hi,
    Any person having a symptomatic herniated disc, the disc itself is not painful, but rather the leaking disc is pinching a nerve this produces pain.Physical therapy is the way to recover from back pain.

  • wishartwwishart Posts: 1
    edited 02/25/2013 - 1:53 AM
    L3. L4, L5. and S1nerve damage about 5 years ago, had intense physical therapy which corrected the dropped foot on left side.. I've pretty much learned to live with the pain and try to not do anything to aggravate it further. good Days and Bad Days.

    Two weeks ago i woke in the middle of the night with severe pain in both hips, that is now ongoing nightly, some nights the pain is not a bad as others the pain almost wraps around to my stomach area. Has anyone had similar issues. Thank You
  • I have had pt it didn't not help me. I was sent to a pm that gave me meds and scheduled the esi.
  • I tried pt, acupuncture, oestopath, lesi, and nothing worked. Have l1/s5 herniated disc. On lyrica 150 mg x a day, norttriptyline 25mg at night and tramacet 2 tabs every 6 hours plus 2 advils. Still i cant function well. I can only walk to the bathroom. :( im having surgery in a month.
    Microdiscectomy scheduled on May, 2013. With L5/S1 disc herniation. Scared but im going for it!
  • terror8396tterror8396 Posts: 1,832
    edited 02/27/2013 - 9:54 AM
    pt does not help disc pain. disc pain is due to the disc pressing against the sciatic nerve and pt will not aleviate the problem. if you have back spasms or general back pain then pt might help. but anything physical causing pain needs to be fixed probably surgery. even if you have pt, the disc still presses on the nerve. the pain can come and go. even chiro does not help. pressing the back and straightening the back does not help disc pain from disc pressing on the nerve. if one wants to try pt, good luck. i have had it after surgery not before and it still does not help that much. talk to your surgeon if you think otherwise.
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
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