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20yrs old girl - two disc herniations

edited 12/17/2014 - 3:43 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi, I'm 20-years-old girl with a spine problem. This is what my scan results say:

"Magnetic resonance imaging of the lumbar spine.

The examination revealed:
- lumbar hypolordosis
- correct height of the vertebral body
- dehydration of the L4-L5, L5-S1 intervertebral discs
- at the L5-S1 level: large central herniation of the nucleus pulposus that causes vertebral canal stenosis with compression of the dural sac and both nerve roots
- at the L4-L5 level: slightly smaller, central (with a small shift to the right) herniation of the nucleus pulposus that causes a vertebral canal stenosis with a stenosis of lateral recesses and with compression of the dural sac
- on both levels: a small intervertebral foraminal stenosis
- other intervertebral discs without changes
- the spinal cord segment visible in the examination with no focal changes, not compressed"

I have been consulted with one doctor so far, and what he said is that there is only one way - surgery.
I am writing here to get advice from more than one doctor about any other possible ways of curing my herniation. I don't know much about this, but as everyone - I would like to avoid surgery if only possible. Is there any other way of treatment? The pain is really big (also is right leg) and I'm becoming worried.

Thank you for your replies and help...


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I think that since you have some concerns, I would go for a second opinion. You always want to make sure
that at least two doctors agree with your diagnosis and agree with the treatment and action plan. When two
doctors dont share the same views, then it could be time for a third opinion.

A hint. When looking at any diagnostic reports, look for the three big keywords: Mild, Moderate and Severe..
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--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 12/17/14 09:40



  • I'm not a doctor. However, I've seen several doctors and specialists and they have all been against surgery. With that said everyone's injury is different. I have L4-5 herniation.

    Get a second opinion if you can, do research, look for a good neurosurgeon/orthopedic then get a referral. That's if you can afford it.

    Core strengthening through physical therapy and swimming can help a lot. But to be honest it hasn't worked for me yet.
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