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Taylor_SmithTTaylor_Smith Posts: 2
edited 10/06/2015 - 8:28 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am a 24 year old male who has been dealing with chronic back pain & sciatic leg pain since late in high school; aside from a couple pretty bad falls in high school there werent any serious injuries. I wasnt athletic in high school and was inactive and depressed. Long story short I never addresses those falls from over 5 years ago; the pain got progressively worse throughout school and the years after, but then got better again to the point where it was just a dull ache. It severely worsened last year when me and my family drove to florida for the holidays to visit family (i live in northern VT)sciatic pain down my right leg got worse than its ever been in the past. This prompted me to get an MRI early this year; what it revealed was a very large herniation at L3-L4 radiating right and pressing on the nerve as well as bulging discs just above and below it and spinal stenosis. Ive seen two specialists, had 3 interlaminar lumbar epidurals few months ago which helped briefly; considering transforaminal epidurals with better physical therapy. Im trying to avoid surgery but not sure if its practical with my case. Heres a little technical jargon from my 2nd specialist of whats going on: Disc herniations L3-4-5 with right eccentric extrusion at and inferior to L4. Patent lateral foramina. Right L4 & L5 radiculopathy secondary to disc herniations

Im looking for advice & support to help me get through this and make some decisions; my day to day life has become somewhat miserable since road trip last year.

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  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I have to admit, my personal experience with a large disc at L5/S1...I tried like you to avoid surgery. I honestly wish I had had the surgery sooner. For me the recovery was pretty quick and if I didn't have this pars fracture I would be 100% by now. I would always seek a second opinion, but to me having the disc out brought very fast relief.
  • This forum seems pointless and i am a little dissapointed with it; what is the point if people with similar cases cant post and recommend about what exercises and treatments have helped them to feel better.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,862
    edited 10/07/2015 - 1:45 PM
    Members are always free to discuss their treatments, what worked for them or not.
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  • Taylor, you didn't ask about what treatments/exercise brought relief. You said you wanted "advice and support". I tried to explain my experience briefly, as I know I agonized over having surgery and found that it was the best solution for me. It may not be for you, but after you have had this problem for so long you have to wonder, what do you have to lose at this point?
    I can tell you when the disc was herniated, swimming worked well to decompress the spine. If you are not a strong swimmer, you can always walk in the pool.
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