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Herniated Disc (Microdiscectomy L4-L5, L5-S1)

HI_808HHI_808 Posts: 1
edited 08/20/2014 - 11:11 AM in Surgery Buddies
Background Info
I injured myself while lifting a heavy printer at work in February of 2014, since then I have felt pain in my lower back for the past couple months. I did go to a chiropractor which did help me a lot. But recently (June 15, 2014) my back just gave out and felt like I was back to square one on the pain. I have also gone to massage therapy, and also acupuncture. To help with my pain. So far it has been 6 months and I still feel the pain from my left buttock down to my left leg. I would have to rotate my hip so the pain doesn't hurt me that much. The current pain level I would say is about a 2 on a scale of 5.

(Update) August 7 months with pain
I got some X-rays and an MRI done. The result small herniation in T12-L1, and L3-L4 and two major two herniated discs in my L4--L5, L5-S1

Doctor Notes
T12-L1: There is a shallow slightly right paramedian disc protusion measuring 2mm in AP diameter which effaces the ventral thecal sac. A small tear is present. No significant central canal or neural foraminal stenosis.

L3-L4: A shallow disc extrusion is present which measures 2mm in AP diameter and migrates approximately 4 mm inferior to superior endplate of L4 and effaces the ventral thecal sac. There is slightly increased linear fluid signal within the posteriror disc compatible with a small annular tear. This is associated with mild narrowing of the central canal with the Ap diameter measured at approximately 8mm. No significant foraminal stenosis is present

L4-L5: A moderate-sized left paramedian disc extrusion is present measuring 7mm in AP diameter. The inferior portion of the extruded disc migrates approximately 7mm inferior to the superior endplate of L5. The extruded disc takes an oblique course and effaces the left lateral recess resulting in severe stenosis of the left lateral recess. This appears to abut and posterior displaces the left S1 nerve root within the central canal. No significant neural foraminal stenosis is present.

L5-S1: A small right paramedian disc extrusion is present which measures approxmately 3 mm in AP diameter and migrates approximately 2mm inferiror to the superiror endplate of S1. This result in moderate stenosis of the right lateral recess and encroaches upon/adults the bypassing S1 nerve root on the right.

and the surgeon is requesting surgery. The surgeon is requesting surgery because I am currently twisting because of the herniated disc. I also found out I have scoliosis (Mild to Moderate). Did not twist before the injury and he believes if I don't take my herniated disc out my back could possibly lock up and I could be twisted permanently. I am scared because I never had to do surgery before.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I'd ask for a referral (if you need one) to see a spine specialist & get some diagnostic tests. With persistent back pain I think it's best to find out exactly what's causing pain. With certain conditions a chiropractor & cause a lot more harm than good, I'd find out what you're dealing with before allowing any 'adjustments'. I think it's great that you're willing to try alternative treatments. I've had success with some over the years but without an MRI your therapists are just shooting in the dark at the moment. I started with a large spine clinic that had a variety of specialists to diagnose me. There's a handy 'find a specialist' section here or you can ask your GP, they usually have good knowledge of the specialists in your area.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • I would Start with your Primary doctor. Sounds like the chiro isn't helping, so i would recommend to stop going until you know what is causing the pain (I made that mistake personally). Maybe you can find a good d.o. doctor who does adjustments. When my problems started I was on muscle relaxors, Motrin, and a pain killer, I think Darvacet or Vicoden back then. You might want to see your doctor before your vacation and make sure you are okay to fly...
  • jay2084jjay2084 Posts: 1
    edited 06/25/2014 - 10:06 AM
    My name is jay, I live in Newark,NJ, 2 years ago i had an accident i was getting up in the morning to get ready for work, i felt my right leg shaking, then my leg gave out on me and i fell on my side and my back hit the dresser, i felt numbness in my back and legs and couldn't move, my family member called the ambulance, and they took me to the hospital, the staff at the hospital ran a X-ray and didn't find anything , but when they ran an MRI , they found an i had a bulging disk pinching my spine,
    i was in the hospital for 4 weeks then they recommend me to a neurology doctor and physical therapy, Physical therapy helped a little, i found my self walking off balance and pain going down my right leg, so i had to walk with a cane now, the doctor gave me Gabapentin 300m and Ibuprofen 800 m, I also had an epidural injection in my back , it helped for a while, when i sit for a while and stand i have to stretch for 15 seconds before i walk now and when i sleep at night i have sleep on my left side, i am trying Herbs like Whitewillow bark , and butchers broom for blood circulation,

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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,846
    If there is any possibility of a disc related problem, then I would forget seeing the chiropractor and start with your Primary Care physician.

    But from what you stated, it all came on so quickly. This could be a muscular or pinched nerve problem. Again, that is something that you need to deal with your PCP.
    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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