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Please help answer my question.

Hello I am not sure if I will need surgery. When a disc is herniated even slightly will it eventually heal if left alone? I was told it would heal with scar tissue. Does this mean it will continue to press on the nerve? The nerve pressure is causing inflammation from my understanding if this pressure never goes away neither will the inflammation. At this point I have nerve denervation which means there is probably already permanent damage, I want to prevent future breakdown and hopefully figure out if I should continue with physical therapy and not worry about other health procedures....for example epidural/surgery. Please help me by responding as soon as possible.


  • You need to make an appointment with a spine specialist: a neurosurgeon or an orthopedic surgeon who does only spines. Until that appointment you should keep going to the physical therapy. The specialist can explain how bad your herniation is and decide the best treatment option for you.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • Actually, we don't know if pt is helping or hurting. That kind of recommendation is probably best left to the doctor.

    Rebecca, I'm sending you a pm with a link to a fantastic resource that will help you. It is a TON of reading, but after you read it, you will be a much more educated patient. We're not allowed to post it here, so check your pm inbox.
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
  • I agree Paul, PT isn't always the answer, but I'm assuming the doctor ordered it as part of the treatment plan and I believe you should stick to the plan until a doctor says otherwise (which is why they need to get back to the doctor)....
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,857
    edited 05/09/2013 - 4:30 AM
    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:

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    To make your threads more effective, I suggest reading our FAQs and looking at some of the threads under New Member.
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    All of this will help make your threads better and improve the times and quality of responses you will receive.

    Disc herniations can heal without surgery. It may take time and require some conservative treatments. When there
    is a disc problem that is pressing on a nerve root, that adds complexity to the entire picture. You always want to be careful when it comes to nerve involvement. The last thing you want is permanent nerve damage. The degree of nerve damage many times is associated with how long a disc has been pressing on a nerve root. Please take a look at Herniated Discs That will provide you a lot of details that come from the doctors belonging to Spine-Health..

    As Paul stated, the more you research about your condition the more educated you will become, so that when you do speak with your doctor(s) you will understand more and can ask more questions.

    One of the keys, is that you want what you read to be pretty much in agreement to what your doctor is telling you.
    There may be some slight differences, but if there are glaring differences, you need to ask why.

    Good luck....
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Paul, would you mind sending that link to me as well? Thank you! 8-)
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