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Herination L4-L5? 24 years old? Advice???? Please

livinlifellivinlife Posts: 34
edited 04/30/2015 - 7:34 AM in Lower Back Pain
Im 24 year male 6'2 was in shape and worked out for years.... Im Sure it came from gym where I used to workout hard and heavy. Saw Chiro in past and never really helped.

After having sciatica symptoms for a year now and trying to work around it.... ended up going to get an M.R.I. on lumber spine September 2014
results were found : (MRI WRITTEN REPORT)

:L5-S1 FOCAL WITH TEAR OF ANNULUS AND CAUDAL EXTENSION OF 0.4 CM
:L4-L5 BULGE
:L3-L4 BULGE
: BOTH BULGES IN THE INTERVERTEBAL DISC

That was in September now I recently went to neurologist where they did ALL TESTING for NERVE DAMAGE and I came out perfect with no nerve damage what so ever. Went back to ORTHO who said he doesn't want to injection epidural or anything because he doesn't see it that bad....

I really want to get back to my routine: since injury I do light weights upper body and little leg machines but nothing compared to what was before weight and some lifts..... what hurts me mostly is the CARDIO LIFESTYLE... I flare up quick down the right side if I do anything except bike.... (which isn't dong much for me). I used to do Stairmaster, jogging, elliptical and now all of them flare me up... I stretch before and after workouts.... so I know about the stretching and icing it down 25 mins if im in pain after working out.... but my main situation is I don't want to continue my life like this I want to be able to do the things I love....

should I see another ORTOPEDIAC?
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  • Please know I am certainly no expert so cannot really give an opinion about whether you should have the surgery or not.My thoughts are that if you are in terrible pain, that is one thing, if you are looking for a surgery that will return you to 100% the way you were before back injury, then it probably does not exist. I am thinking a neurosurgeon might be the one to see and discuss your situation with because they seem to be doing most of the spinal surgeries and treatments these days.

    I'm sorry you are going through this. Please let us know how you are.You will find lots of support here.
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  • livinlifellivinlife Posts: 34
    edited 05/01/2015 - 4:40 AM
    its not terribile pain, it comes when trying to activities such as working out or anything such as physical activities. all doctors said it isn't bad and doesn't need surgrey and even said NOT EVEN AN INJECTION SHOT which is bothering me... should I see another ortho?
  • ANYONE?
  • Anyone, really. All I needed was an MRI of my neck ( I guess for you it would be your back.) Once the MRI is done, you ask for it on a CD and make an appt with a neurosurgeon (at least that is what I did.) I did some research and found the name of someone who works on necks. I called and tried to make an appt but the receptionist said he does not make appts without the MRI CD. I drove to the NS office and gave CD to receptionist. I called NS 2 days later and she said I could make an appt so I made one. The soonest was about 2.5 weeks out butt I took it. At the appt the NS went over the MRI results with me and told me what he thought was best for my situation. Now my surgery is scheduled.

    I hope this helps..
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  • wow man..... they told me im no way surgrey wise.... both nero and ortho said that
  • take the MRI and get a few opinions from surgeons.
    Flats

    Flats
    4 evaluations = Surgeon Recommends:
    1. Spine Laminectomy Decompression- Left Side L3-S1 and then addressing right side L4-L5.
    2. Disc Hern. L4-L5 - non-responsive, could be 1-2 or 3 surgeries and end with fusion.

  • My neck is in such sorry shape I didn't get options but when the NS showed me my MRI even I could see. You should have options it seems like to me.
  • yeah I am going to another ORTHO to see his opinion on the situation to be honest
  • what you find out and how you are getting along. {{{HUGS}}}
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