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Herniated Disc

sayeessayee Posts: 1
edited 12/01/2015 - 3:50 PM in Lower Back Pain

I am 33 years old and normal weight. I have been having lower back pain on and off for around 10 years. Recently I had an MRI done and it revealed that I have a herniated disc with a huge 1.2 cm bulge. My pain is not so severe. I can do my daily activities fine. But if I stand for a long time or do a lot of cleaning around the house on the weekend, my pain starts again. My neurosurgeon said that since the pain is not severe, so i should not undergo surgery. I underwent physical therapy according to this advise but it aggravated my pain and so I stopped it. I live in constant fear that my herniation would get worse. I feel that I have deliberately limited my movements due to fear of worsening the hernia and thus, I am not living a full life as I would have wanted.
Should I undergo surgery and then do physical therapy to build my core strength so that I dont relapse. Right now I am not exercising at all as it aggravates my pain. This is affecting my overall health. I am at a loss of what to do. Please share your thoughts.

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  • Sorry to hear of your pain. I don't know your exact situation, but I found standing and bending aggregated my pain a lot so avoided these. As far as I've always been told, if you can manage without surgery then do try. That said, only you know how much pain you are in and how much your disc problem affects your functioning. I always find physiotherapy helpful to a point, but some therapists in my experience have been better than others. If you've been back to your therapist and explained that you were in more pain afterwards, a good therapist would try to explore why and what could be done to help without worsening pain. If they dismiss your concerns, maybe try someone else. It might be better to try building up core now as much as you can before considering surgery as it is harder to build up afterwards. If you are OK on a daily basis, exercising (by walking or gently swimming) might help as might gentle strengthening exercises. It's not clear whether you've got back pain alone or sciatica, but the type and location of pain may affect what helps/ makes things worse for you.
  • mooster199mmooster199 Posts: 1
    edited 12/08/2015 - 2:40 AM
    Hi Lily2014, I am also in my thirties and have a herniated disc, however mine is the result of an accident from failing (not badly) off of my bicycle. I had been living with the pain for a while when I had an episode of pain so severe it made me collapse. I am not saying this may happen to you but its worth knowing that if untreated if it hasn't healed already it might get worse. I had a disc Nucleoplasty about six months ago and everything was brilliant I had no pain and life was awesome, then it happened again and I am back to square one. I am positive though as my doctor tells me that there is hope. I am now considering either a micro discectomy (small operation to remove bulge) or a full ADR (artificial disc replacement). I am a keen amateur athlete and like to lift weights so a more radical surgery may be necessary. Please consider the long term effects of chronic pain, your 33 now but how will you feel in ten years. If you are unsure of your diagnosis you should get a second opinion. I recommend [edit]. He is an authority on back pain and conservative treatments.
    L4/5 Contained Herniated disc / Nucleoplasty + Relapse
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