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Microdiscectomy recommended - but I'm now pain-free



  • Time will tell, I would just do your normal activity and see if it comes back or gets beter, It will always depend on how bad it is and some might heal to where disc moves off the nerve and they do ok, But some don't, So no correct answer for it,
    If you think it's getting beter with time then I would hold off, You can even have another MRI later down the road to see how much it has improved , You can't worry too much about doing your activity as if you don't of course it might feel beter, But will it act up as you increase activity is what will decide if surgery is needed or not,

    Good luck,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 04/12/2013 - 6:41 AM
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Exact same thing happened to me last year. I herniated my disc L1-S5 after the birth of my daughter. Surgery is recommended, but i refused because i did well after a few pt sessions. Was ok from April-july. Then 2nd flare-up, really bad. Bed ridden for 3 days. Still i refused surgery. I was ok and doing well. Then january this year the worse flare up ever. Bed ridden for 2 months! Now i decided to get the surgery. Im having it on May 9. My herniation was bigger compared to last years' and until now, im not normal. Pain never went away. I can live probably because of ibuprofen and lyrica. Cant wait to have it done.
    Listen to your body. I wish your body is healing on it's own. Good luck!
    Microdiscectomy scheduled on May, 2013. With L5/S1 disc herniation. Scared but im going for it!
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