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Disc Herniations

OVBravoOOVBravo Posts: 2
edited 09/01/2015 - 9:19 PM in Lower Back Pain
About 6 months ago I had woke up with severe back pain. To the point where I couldn't get out of bed. I was able to see my doctor, get a MRI which revealed I had 5 herniated discs. With my L5 being the worst and L4 second worse ect. He sent my results to a surgeon who said my he would not do surgery. With the back pain came severe sciatica. To the point where even during the day now it brings me to my knees at work. Well 6 months later and I've improved slightly(to the point where I can grit my teeth through an 8 hour work day{mortgages lol}). I've done physio therapy twice a week for the last 6 months. 12-15 acupuncture appointments. 10-12 massage therapy appointments and at least 24 chiropractor appointments. I've even done dry needling, boughten new shoes and insoles, an inversion table, a TENS machine and spend my evenings with my lovely girlfriend stretching for 3-4 hours on the reccomendation of my physiotherapist just so I have a chance at making through the next work day. Mentally it's beginning to take its toll on me as I'm not able to do anything I enjoy like golfing, walking my dog, cutting the grass. I'm just wondering if anyone else has had an issue this bad, if I should be bringing up surgery again with my doctor during my bi-weekly appointment, if surgery is a viable option, and if there's anything anyone has done and had BIG success with. I'm hesitant on surgery because I'm only 24, but at the same time, my quality of life has vastly diminished and I'm very frustrated. Any help would be appreciated!! And if there's any more information needed let me know. I have a VERY thorough background of what I've been doing/done over the last 6 months


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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,875
    is why did your doctor say no to any surgery...

    You mention you have been going to a chiropractor for many sessions. As you read the threads here, you will see that there is a general consensus for spinal patients not to be seeing chiropractors. They have their places and excel in musculoskeletal problems, but when it comes to the spinal cord and discs, that is something best left to the doctors who are qualified in that area.
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  • He was opposed to surgery 100% because of my young age(24) and he said it's only 70% successful where as the other 30% of the time it makes it worse. I normally wouldn't go to the chiropractor, but did only on the reccomendation of my doctor when I first saw him for this issue. That being said, physiotherapy for the last while has shown no progress at all. I understand that it takes a long time to get back to 100% but I've been on a plateau for months. When bringing this up with my physician he tells me that I am to keep going no matter what. He is also against any sort of injection because, once again, it's unsuccessful 30% of the time. Honestly, since the first day of unbearable pain I would say I've only improved 25% at most. I've become more tolerant to the pain. But I'm not seeing any steps forward any longer
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