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2nd herniation in spine please help

Hi everyone,

18 months ago i had a microdisectomy in l4 after months of sciatic pain and confirmed bulge and when i went to sit up, stand up get out of bed, basically move forward they recognized it was crushing nerves and ligaments i think.

I had the op and really i felt better but never completely and started training again 4 months later, then i had a weak right foot and burning sensation i had a emg which showed very irritated nerves. I also had an mri which stunned me, now shows a herniation in my l5, my question is as surgery is only recommendation, can epidural injections work??? the weakness in foot and badly irritated nerves i have been told the injections will not cure this, i am only 31 please give me advice i want to train again but not weights just cardio, the pain is not as bad a spre op.


  • Just remember that you have a herniated disc. If you get a shot you may feel great a couple days afterwards and be tempted to lift weights. I have had that experience, I was scheduled for a fusion and I had to wait three weeks for the surgery date. I was given an injection. I felt great, but I also caused more damage to my disc by lifting patients at work. Something I knew I shouldn't be doing. I was told after surgery that it had become tangled up in the nerves. I guess after sharing my experience, I just want to tell you to be careful.
    Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.
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