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Ddd L5 S 1 with shallow posterior disc protrusion

Hi all
I have suffered with back pain for a few years now, my first major flare up was after playing some basketball. I had an MRI done which revealed ddd to the L 5 S1 with a shallow posterior disc protrusion however there was no impingement. After many months it eventually stabilised via massage and working on my muscle imbalances. I was able to complete a specific weight training program to strengthen my back, however a few months ago the compressed feeling to the s1 area returned.

I had another MRI which revealed minimal changes from my first scan 18 months prior. The pt exercises seemed to be causing aggravation so I cut them out for the time being and just focused on doing small walks. The last few weeks I have felt mild burning sensations in my legs and pain in my right glute which feels like a muscle strain.

Wondering if anyone has any advice, I am going to see a new dr to see if I can get a referral to a specialist. I find it difficult to sit long periods which seems to really aggravate the problem



  • RennersChickRRennersChick Posts: 228
    edited 10/11/2013 - 11:09 AM
    Seeing a specialist is a good idea and it may take more than one to find the right way to go for your situation. It can feel overwhelming if you aren't used to some of the ways they work or speak. I know, for me, it helped to do some research online just to get myself familiar with possible diagnosis as well as procedures that may be possible. This forum/site is a great way to do that. I encourage you to poke around and check things out. Even if you think something may not apply to you, read through it because the symptoms listed may help you be able to not only communicate better with doctors as well as on here, but also maybe understand what could be going on with yourself.

    Also, welcome to the forum. Feel free to drop a line anytime!
    36 yr old with one degenerative disc (L5-S1)
    3 rounds of Epidurals in 2013
    6 PT visits in 2013
    Microdiscectomy L5 S1 on 9/5/2013.
    Re-herniated in January 2014.
    Epidural on 3/3/14.
    A/PLIF (L5-S1) 6/3/14
  • Ok.. I went to see a orthopedic spinal surgeon who suggested an anterior spinal fusion, this really overwhelmed me. They took some further scans and we're able to ascertain the spine is not displaced, only ddd. I've been off work for 3 weeks to rest to see if the back pain and burning symptoms in my buttocks and leg will settle but there have been no changes. I have continued with massage and commencing physio this week and seeking the opinion of a neuro surgeon also as well as a sports dr at the end of the month. The point I'm currently at now is that all I can do is lay down and go for short walks or stand up, sitting more then a few minutes causes a burning that get progressively worse until it is unbearable. I had an epidural steroid injection which i fainted from the pain, they didn't wait long enough for the local to work only about 20 seconds, horrible experience. Injection did not help... All this and all the MRI report says is minor degenerative changes to l5-s1 disc. I have ordered a vertetrac lumbar traction device which arrives next week which was quite expensive, has anyone used such a device and had a positive experience?
  • Be very careful about using a traction device on your own, without the direction and supervision of a trained physical therapist . You can do some real damage to yourself by using a medical device unsupervised, and that may not be appropriate for your condition......
    Almost none of us wants to hear that we may need surgery, but in some cases, it is essential in preventing or worsening the damage to our spines. Surgeons just don't recommend spine surgery lightly, usually in two cases is it recommended, one is when there is a mechanical issue that can be repaired and the other is when there is nerve compression which can worsen or become permanent if not relieved.
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