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microdiscectomy of L4-L5

angelicamarieaangelicamarie Posts: 1
edited 06/18/2015 - 1:44 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I have been suffering from left leg pain due to a L4-L5 herniated disc. It has been debilitating and I can't even take care of my 10 month old son at this point. I'm only 19 and my neurosurgeon has me set up for surgery in a week which I have been all too excited about. But! I went to my pain management doctor today and he said that it would be very stupid on my part to go through with it. I can barely walk and I just want to get my life back. Does anyone have any advice they could give me? I don't know why my pain management would tell me no. The only reason he said was I would have to have multiple surgeries but my neurosurgeon never said that.

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,960
    It sounds like you have more questions for your surgeon. And then maybe back to more questions to pain management doctor.
    And there is nothing wrong with questions. You need to be fully informed on any kind of surgery.

    This SH does have information. It may benefit you to use the __search___ upper right on this page and type in your concern.
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    I personally, esp, like the videos as they are in every person language, so easy to understand and for me the animation makes things more clear.

    When I search, I usually have more questions. It may lead me to continue searching, or I will have questions that I write down and bring to doctor.
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  • edited 06/18/2015 - 12:10 PM
    you are young and if you get help with the baby in my opinion you will recover within the 4-6 week time frame...my STRONGEST advice...follow everything he says....that will def determine your outcome I was where you were not age not with young child but with debilitating pain. It truly is a same day procedure. Please though restrictions are no sitting at 90 degrees more then 20 min no bending lifting twisting for at least first 2 weeks and don't lift more then a gallon of milk. The longer you put it off the more damage to the nerve....PM in my experience have been all about injections, most not covered by insurance and I find PM administer them to often and they don't always work and its a bandaide thats why I did the surgery I needed to get back to work.

    I agree with savage I have always gone in with a list of questions, my dr has never rushed me and answered to the best of his ability.

    Just know you will need help. Its amazing how much we drop everyday...

    Good luck . I would do it if I were you.
    This can't be happening
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