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Please help... L5/S1 prolapse / fragment and doctor is recommending surgery

nickhacnnickhac Posts: 1
edited 03/22/2015 - 6:45 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi Guys!

Thanks for all your amazing advice and information on this forum. I have been lurking for some time.

I was hoping to get some thoughts from the community.

I'm a 33yo male 6'4 240 pounds working as a software engineer with 2 kids under 5. I have had herniated discs for a few years which was managable, but about 3 months ago i somehow got a L5/S1 herniation that fragmented. http://tinyurl.com/m8su2gc

The MRI says "Large right posterior disc protrusion/extrusion with inferiorly extending extruded fragment at L5-S1"

I have had 2 epidurals, and still have weakness and numbness in my right foot small toe and have really limited quality of life. I can't sit for more than 20 mins, i can't walk for more than 10 mins, i spend most of my life working from home lying in bed or on the floor.

The doctor is now recommending surgery as he is concerned that the fragmentation if not fixed may cause long term nerve damage.

Does anyone have any similar stories? Did you skip surgery and did the fragment get reabsorbed? Is permanent weakness really a risk? Did you take surgery and was it worth it?

I realise this is not medical advice on this forum, but shared personal experience would be really valuable.

Thanks for listening and any feedback you can share! Appreciate your time.



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  • Hi Nick. When in doubt, and if possible, can you get a second opinion? I saw a minimum of 4 surgeons before I had my surgery done on my L5-S1 area. Mine was a workmen's comp. situation, but they paid for every doctor visit. Over the course of about one year, they all recommended surgery, and that's what I finally did. If you have doubt's about your doctor, I would recommend a second opinion. I'm no expert by any means, but I do have 25 years of experience with spinal problems. Good luck with whatever you decide to do. Take care, Ken.
  • I let it go because someone said ," don't let them cut you until your feet don't work". So I did shots for years and years. My surgery did nothing because the nerve is permanently injured from being crushed under the blown disk.
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