Welcome, Friend!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Veritas-Health LLC has recently released patient forums to our Arthritis-Health web site.

Please visit http://www.arthritis-health.com/forum

There are several patient story videos on Spine-Health that talk about Arthritis. Search on Patient stories
Protect anonymity
We strongly suggest that members do not include their email addresses. Once that is published , your email address is available to anyone on the internet , including hackers.

All discussions and comments that contain an external URL will be automatically moved to the spam queue. No external URL pointing to a medical web site is permitted. Forum rules also indicate that you need prior moderator approval. If you are going to post an external URL, contact one of the moderators to get their approval.
Attention New Members
Your initial discussion or comment automatically is sent to a moderator's approval queue before it can be published.
There are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. Therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice.
This includes any analysis, interpretation, or advice based on any diagnostic test

Herniated L5 S1 and protruding L4 L5

I've had lower back pain for years and always saw a chiropractor and usually felt good after a few visits. About a month ago I had pain in the same area for a few days followed by the worst pain I've ever felt in my life. My lower back, right glute, hamstring, quad, calf, knee and ankle throbbed at the same time. That has never happened before. I also couldn't walk without my foot slapping the ground. No OTC meds helped. Long story short, I had a MRI which revealed a herniated L5S1 and a large protrusion at L4L5. I have a appointment tomorrow with a neurosurgeon . I really do not want surgery and will do any type of therapy to avoid it . Has anyone dealt with the same issues I have and how are you feeling surgery or non surgery? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks,Jay


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    I am sure that you will find your time on Spine-Health very rewarding. This site is a powerful and integrated system that is dynamic and continues to grow.
    Here are just some of the highlights:

    - Detailed medical libraries of Articles and Videos that address almost every Spinal Conditions and Treatment

    - The Wellness section contains articles, tips and videos to help patients after surgery and also to help people avoid surgery.

    - Under the Resource tab, there is a section Doctor Advice Health Center which can be invaluable.

    - As a bonus, Spine-Health provides these patient forums. Here is where you can meet thousands of other people who understand and can relate to your situation. You will soon become part of the Spiney family who provide comfort and the advantages of a Support System. You are now part of this family that is approximately 20,600 International members and growing daily.

    - It is very important to understand the Forum Rules to make sure all of your posts do not violate any of the rules.

    - As a new member, it is helpful to understand the 'makeup' of these forums, how to make posts, tips on adding images and much more. You should read Forum FAQ

    If you have any questions or need assistance, you can use the Private Message facility to contact any one of the Moderators on my team:
    dilauro , tamtam or liz

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • bald eagle,i have a herniated l5,s1 and bulging l4,l5. been dealing with sciatic nerve pain for over 2 years now. i take celebrex, neurontin, and nucynta er everyday.i do stretches, and get on my inversion table everyday also. they recomended a microdiscectomy, but i lift up to 75lbs at work, so at this point i feel it would be a waste to get it.i have pain, but i feel better when i am moving around for a while.
  • The good news after meeting the neurosurgeon is that I do not need surgery. He expects me to slowly heal on my own but warned me that the protruded disc could let go at anytime so be prepared to have flare ups for a long time. I'm scheduled to start PT next week. I hope to start feeling better soon .
This discussion has been closed.
Sign In or Register to comment.