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please help me understand Herniated Disc

Hi Im new here and been reading post but still cant understand my situation
I had my MRI done 2 weeks ago and and earlier talked to spine doctor and told me i need a surgery and no need to undergo PT... He said my herniated disc is large and progressive weakness in legs(both) but the left is worst..he said its not a good sign.. he wants it to be done next month... I ask him if I will wait what will happen.. he answered,it might become permanent or it can lead to more problems..

Findings:There is a large posterior disc protrusion at L4-L5 with inferior extrusion extending 1.1cm below the upper endplate.A normal conus demonstrated at the L1-2 level. There is decreased T2 disc signal at L3-L4 through L5-S1.There is reactive endplate signal change at L4-5 and to a lesser extent at L3-4.No subluxation is demonstrated.

L4-5 Very severe spinal stenosis with complete effacement of CSF signal within the thecal sac associated with a large disc protrusion..the disc extrudes inferiorly, centered to the left of midline,1.1cm

Im really scared now,after searching and reading posts.. I sort of have symptoms of Cauda Equina Syndrome like the progressive weakness in legs but without the bowel/bladder symptom,but as time goes on day after day, i can feel though weakness progresses day by day its affecting my ability to hold bowel.. please can someone help? :(


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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  • Cauda Equina Syndrome is a lot more serious than just a herniated disc. The cauda equina is the bundle of spinal nerves that runs through the spinal canal in the low back area. If those nerves are compressed too severely, the damage can become permanent quickly so surgery must be done to relieve the pressure on those nerves and it must happen quickly. It is NOT considered an elective surgery, it is one that must be done to preserve your ability to walk , and control your bladder and bowels and your ability to stand and feel your legs and feet....
    I have had it twice, in fact ,still have it so it is nothing to play around with.......
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,875
    Herinated disc
    This will go into a lot of detail regarding the condition and also provide you with some videos to look at.
    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
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