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L4-L5 Disc Bulging

MinaMMina Posts: 2
edited 01/09/2015 - 2:58 AM in Lower Back Pain

I would be pleased if you help me and answer my questions below. But before asking, I would tell you my status.
For 6 month ago, I was having a pain in my lower back. After many doctor consultations, I made "Lumbo-Sacral spine" MRI and the result was the following:

*** Findings ***
- Straightening of the lumbar lordosis denoting back muscle spasm.
-L4-L5 disc shows mild degenerative bulging more inclined to the right attenuating right neural recesses and foramen.
- This L4-L5 disk also shows focal right paracentral discal protrusion with caudal orientation. This indents the right anterior thecal aspect and impinges right L5 nerve root at the recess.
- Small focal zone of marrow degeneration of end plate caudal to L4-L5 disk.
- Rest of scanned discs are normal.
- No other remarkable MRI abnormality seen.
*** Opinion ***
- Spastic condition
- L4-L5 mild degenerative bulging more inclined to the right with associated focal right sided discal protrusion and with effects as above mentioned explaining patient's symptomatology.

After reviewing the above MRI Result with the doctors, till now:
- I made physical therapy, about 12 sessions in 1 month.
- Taking Skeletal Muscle relaxant & Analgesic (DantRelax) and Nerve Tonic (Milga)
- Doing Daily exercises stretching and strengthening back muscles.

I need to be back to life and play my favorite sports (Squash, ping-pong and GYM).
- I need to know what sports can I Practice in my case?
- What sports I should be away from?
- Other advises

Your opinion will be much appreciated.



  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    You should not take part in any sport without discussing it with your medical professional, so any suggestions are only opinions from members and not to be taken as medical advice.

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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Absolutely agree with Liz.

    You must discuss with the doc what sport you propose to continue with. Having said that, my surgeon gave me the ok to return to ice hockey three months after a discectomy. It reherniated and now I'm looking at a fusion!

    The classic advice is go swimming ( not breaststroke ) as the water takes the weight while you exercise.

    L5-S1 herniation. Both knee meniscus tear. L4-5 herniation - 2 x nerve block injections. L4-5 discectomy. L1-2 nerve block injection. L4-5 reherniation - TLIF fusion. 2016: L1-2 and L5-S1 retrolistheses and multiple facet joint degeneration.
  • I went back to running after my second microdiscectomy. Yes. I've had two and I'm injured again. I hate saying I regret going back to running because it's my passion, but I wish I did not go back after my second surgery. Running is great but not for someone with a bad back. Swimming is so much better. Good luck and take it easy.
    Microdiscectomy L5/S1 2010
    Revision microdiscectomy after reherniation L5/S1 2014
  • MinaMMina Posts: 2
    edited 01/12/2015 - 12:11 PM
    @Liz, thanks for your note.
    @Fritzcrackerz, thanks. swimming isn't my point of interest. But It may change!
    @Aero123, Your comment is completely helpful. It is good to know experiences. Gym & Squash also my passion. I'll try to take it easy as you day.
    Thank you.
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