Welcome, Friend!

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

In this Discussion

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

New Member introduction


I've joined this forum as it has provided many informative articles and cases when I have been researching my own condition.

I am a 29 year old female with a degenerated bulging L5/S1 disc, straightening of the lumber spine and retrolisthesis at L5/S1. I've had three episodes of back pain since March this year; a 1 day strain, a four week period of lower back pain and mild sciatica, and then 6 weeks later, what I am experiencing (last two weeks) now which is minimal back pain and major sciatic-type nerve pain down the back of my left leg and into my calf.

Previous two episodes resolved themselves without intervention but I felt I should go to a chiropractor this time. Seen her about 6 times and initially made the pain worse, with little improvement (just adjusted me each time, tried some kneading and acupuncture and now the inflection(?) machine to stretch my spine). Last couple days I have improved in terms of movement, but nerve pain still there.

After about 4 sessions, I asked to be referred for an MRi, which confirmed the conditions listed above. No idea where this has come from as I have not had manual jobs or strained my back in the past. Chiro can't tell me anything about why or how this has developed, only that degeneration occurs over many years. I asked if it may have been from cycling to work (16kms a day most weeks for past 10 months) but she said she didn't know.

Just a bit freaked out now as I had no idea there was anything wrong with my spine at all before this. Today she said we'd have to see how I responded to treatment before looking at surgery. This is the first time surgery has ever been mentioned and when I asked whether she thought it was likely, she said she didn't know. I didn't even think surgery was a consideration.

Just wondering whether I should be seeing someone else about this who can give me more information, such as what the prognosis is, what activities I can or cannot do, and whether I should be doing physio?

If anyone can suggest a possibly more appropriate type of specialist I should be consulting, i.e. sports therapist, spinal surgeon, orthopaedic specialist? Just want more information at this stage and I feel that maybe this is out of the chiro's depth...?

Thank you!


  • 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

    Here are some you should take a look at:
    Read before you post
    Tips for Newcomers
    Understanding the rules

    All of this will help make your threads better and improve the times and quality of responses you will receive.

    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:






    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
Sign In or Register to comment.