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Herniated disc L5/S1

CorbinCCorbin Posts: 1
I have had a herniated disc for a year and nine months and I am really tired of it. The pain radiates all the way down my right leg to my toes. I have had two steroid injections. Neither of which lasted more than a week. I have had months of pt and my doctors have reached the end of non surgical treatment. I think surgery would help a lot, but my parents are worried that it would mess up my back forever. I understand their concern, but I am miserable. The pain even wakes me up in the middle of the night. I think I am even becoming slightly depressed. I am 17 years old and I don't know how I am going to manage this when my parents aren't around when I start college this year. Any suggestions?


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    Do you see pain management doctor? You mentioned the epidurals. Do you take any meds to treat your pain?
    Is there anything else for treatment of your pain?

    What does your doctor say about surgery?
    Your parents have reason for hesitating on surgery.
    I can not speak to what is best, that is between you and doctor.

    But I can say, many people have endured surgery hoping it to be the cure and be rid of all back pain.
    Many have been disappointed as they still deal with spinal issues.

    Each individual is unique and what is best for one can be awful for another.
    Also, before accepting surgery, many people get a second or third opinion.
    It never hurts to have another set of eyes review your situation.

    You also mentioned starting to feel depressed. Please tell your doctor about this also.
    Although depression often accompanies chronic pain, it should not be accepted as normal.

    Seeing a therapist is often useful and does not need to be a forever thing.
    It is helpful while going through difficult transitions in your life. Your chronic pain and your new college life ahead of you, certainly qualify.

    It is good you are planning ahead.
    Please keep us posted on how you're doing!
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