Welcome, Friend!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Veritas-Health LLC has recently released patient forums to our Arthritis-Health web site.

Please visit http://www.arthritis-health.com/forum

There are several patient story videos on Spine-Health that talk about Arthritis. Search on Patient stories
Protect anonymity
We strongly suggest that members do not include their email addresses. Once that is published , your email address is available to anyone on the internet , including hackers.

All discussions and comments that contain an external URL will be automatically moved to the spam queue. No external URL pointing to a medical web site is permitted. Forum rules also indicate that you need prior moderator approval. If you are going to post an external URL, contact one of the moderators to get their approval.
Attention New Members
Your initial discussion or comment automatically is sent to a moderator's approval queue before it can be published.
There are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. Therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice.
This includes any analysis, interpretation, or advice based on any diagnostic test

Bulging Disk- Fragment in S1

Gcap03GGcap03 Posts: 1
My boyfriend has had multiple MRIs for 2 bulging disks at his L4&L5, with a fragment of disk in his S1 nerve. He is in extreme amounts of pain, that high pain killers don't touch. We have had an epidural injection with a tiny bit of pain relief for a few days and have exhausted almost all options but surgery. We meet with a minimally invasive spinal surgeon on Thursday, but would like to do a little research and gather some information before we go in. Does anyone know the name of this surgery/procedure, recovery time and success rate? We are under the impression they're not doing anything with the disks but removing the fragment, which hinders him from walking and causes a 10+ amount of pain on the pain scale.

Thanks for the help and advice in advance!!

Welcome to Spine-Health

One of the most important things that need members can do is to provide the rest of the community with as much information about themselves as possible. It is so very difficult for anyone to respond when we do not have enough information to go on. This is not meant to indicate that you are doing anything wrong or violated any rule, we are just trying to be pro-active and get the information upfront so that people can start responding and your thread is more effective.

So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong, The fact that your test results are negative does not mean that you are fine and without any concerns. Many times it takes several diagnostic tests and procedures to isolate a specific condition.

Here are some questions that you should answer:

  • - When did this first start?

    . Year, Your age, etc
- Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
- Are there others in your family with similar medication conditions?
- What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)

  • . Which doctor did you start with? Ie Primary Care Physician
    . Who are you currently seeing?
- What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?

  • . Physical Therapy
    . Ultrasound / Tens unit
    . Spinal Injections
    . Acupuncture
    . Massage Therapy
- What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)

  • . Summarize the results, please do not post all details, we cannot analyze them
    . How many different tests have you had over the years? Similar results?
- What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)

  • . Name of Medication
    . How long have you been using this?
    . Results
- Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)
- Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
- What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?

Providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
of your situation and make it easier to respond.

Please take a look at our forum rules: Forum Rules

I also strongly suggest that you take a look at our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) which can be found at the top of the forum menu tab or by going to FAQ There you will find much information that will

  • - Help you better utilize the Spine-Health system
    - Provide pointers on how to make your threads / posts
    - Tips on how to create your avatar (your picture), posting images, etc
    - General pieces of valuable information

Please remember that no one at Spine-Health is a formally trained medical professional.
Everything that is posted here is based on personal experiences and perhaps additional research.
As such, no member is permitted to provide

  • - Analysis or interpretation of any diagnostic test (ie MRI, CTscan, Xray, etc)
    - Medical advice of any kind
    - Recommendations in terms of Medications, Treatments, Exercises, etc

What could be good for someone could spell disaster for another.
You should also consult your doctor to better understand your condition and the do’s and don’t’s.

It is very important that new members (or even seasoned members) provide others with details about their condition(s). It is virtually impossible to help another member when all the details we have are

I’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?

Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways it’s like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then it’s up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.

Specific comments :

Personal Opinion, not medical advice :

Liz, Spine-health Moderator



  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    You may find it useful to use the search on this site, upper right on page.
    Typing in your concerns, you may be led to current or older posts with members' shared experiences.

    Also, you may be led to articles and videos, from the medical side of this site.
    They are very helpful to me, esp the videos.
    I like the visual along with the explanations for my learning style! And the video library is huge!

    When I use search, I quite often find I have more questions that I jot down for doctor.

    There are also posts re preparing for doctors appointments.
    I felt preparing for pain management appointment very informative.
    It spoke of, and I'm sure other specialist consults would appreciate, the benefit of bringing the actual CDs to the appointment as many doctors prefer to review themselves, not only rely on the written impressions.

    And how to organize to ask about your concerns ...to fit into the alloted appointment time.
    You may want to take notes of doctor's responses as while covering a lot of ground, it's easy to forget all of what was said.
    Good luck with your upcoming appointment.
    Please keep us posted.
    Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • called microdisectomy. It will be minimally invasive.You can search microdisectomy to get more info.Hope your bf get well soon.
Sign In or Register to comment.