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kaytcampbellkkaytcampbell Posts: 3
Hello everyone.... So about 4 weeks ago i moved a nightstand wrong and the following day my lower back was hurting...with some calf pain...after about s week of it not getting better i started seeing a chiro and i began improving! Then last thursday i sneezed...and i took a giant leap back...to the point its worse then the original injury.....my entire right leg went into a cramp...cold not move...pain is severe...i work for imaging center so i had an mri...well i herniated l4 l5 BAD it is seen pressing on nerve in mri...rest of my spine is fine thank god. So i was lucky and saw ortho yesterday...he said based on the mri he reccomed a lumbar microdiscectomy...said i was prime candiate...no other iissues and healthy.. He did say he wanted to wait and see me back in 3 weeks...he gave me lidocaine patch...prednisone...mmuscle relaxer...gabapentin and naprosyn...no narcotics which is fine because i would rather not take them. He said pt is out for me because of how bad the herniation is..but continue with chiro and meds....but he said he doubts it will heal on its own....i feel great in the am...as the day goes on it gets bad...and resting on effected side brings relief..a.but i have read pt can help and that they can heal. ...also...i saw chiro yesterday...he uses activator only and everywhere he did it hurts...i was in less pain before!!! I am thinking about the surgury...but i do not know ...i hear so many back surgury horror surguries. Any input would be appreciated please. Thank you!
Kayt campbell


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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,865
    horror stories here.
    But there are more, many more success stories. Its the nature of medical forums. People come here because they are having problem and are looking for some answers. They have their surgery, and everything starts to look bright. So at that point, they tend to drift away from the site, only the ones that did not have success are the ones you hear more frequently from.

    But I think you may also get some feedback about chiropractors. Not everyone here is a big fan.. Personally, I am not, only because I understand their limitations and scope of treatment.

    Follow your doctors advice. Lumbar surgery is not rocket science any more. When you have a good surgeon, a good hospital, a good nursing/medical staff, that part is easy. The rest is in your hands when it comes to everything you need to do for recovery.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Ty. I have a lot to think about. :)
    Kayt campbell
  • Ron speaks the truth!

    I had a microdiscectomy back in May and it's given me my life back. Before surgery I was unable to sit or stand for more than a few minutes without being in excruciating pain and spent the best of two months flat on my back in bed. Of course, I'd also read the stories of the surgery not going to plan and was a bit nervous but felt I had nothing to lose as I was slowly going mad staring at the ceiling!

    I'm now back at work, walking a couple of miles a day and swimming (still can't shift the weight from laying around...!) Occasionally I'll get some minor pain in my leg or back but not a patch on what I had prior to the microdiscectomy and was told it could last a while whilst the nerve recovers.

    Good luck if you out for the surgery (not that you'll need luck!) And I hope all works out for you.

    L5-S1 microdiscectomy, May 2015
  • Thanks so much...i have decided i am calling a surgeon for a consult.... :)
    Kayt campbell
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