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mild disc bulge

azharaliaazharali Posts: 1
edited 01/14/2015 - 10:07 PM in Lower Back Pain
I am 26 year old and diagnosed below problem

L4/L5: There is mild disc bulge causing mild spinal canal stenosis. Mild bilateral foraminal is noted.
Mild hypertrophy of facet joints and ligamenta flava is noted.
L5/S1: There is mild disc bulge causing compression of the epidural fat. Patent spinal canal and
neural foramina.

Neurosurgeon suggest me operation but i don't operation at this age please suggest me the alternative of this problem.

Azhar Ali


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    There is nobody on the forum medically qualified or permitted to advise on treatment. this is something you need to discuss with a doctor but this link may help.


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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
  • My advise to anyone, any age, is to get at least 1 second opinion, I like 2. If all surgeons tell you the same thing then I'd follow their advise. Make sure you've had all the necessary diagnostic tests to be sure that your pain generators have been accurately identified. There's nothing more frustrating than going through surgery only to find its your SI joint or something else causing the pain!
    At the end of the day, if you have nerve compression that can't be sorted with the usual conservative treatments, spine injections, PT etc. then there's really no choice. Permanent nerve damage needs to be avoided. Nerves heal faster the sooner they're released. I know age can be a concern but it also means you're likely to bounce back faster. I know people who had spine surgery young & never looked back!
    Remember very few fit & well people hang out on chronic pain forums! You read a lot more bad stories here than good. It's just the nature of the Internet.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • Always to ask at your first and second opinions is the one of "What will happen if I chose not to have this surgery" and "What are some other treatment options instead of surgery"
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