My question is: what would happen if you didn't have surgery on herniated discs? My DX is...
"Disc space narrowning, disc desiccation and mild broad based disc protrusion at L1 and L2.
Disc space narrowing, disc desiccation and midline disc herniation at L4 and L5 exerting mass effect on the ventral thecal sac as well as exiting bilateral nerve roots.
Disc space narrowning, disc desiccation and midline disc herniation at L5 and S1 exerting mass effect on the ventral thecal sac as well as exiting bilateral nerve roots."
To me, I basically have, a couple buldging discs and a couple herniated discs pinching the siatic nerves going down both legs.
I have severe pain going down both legs, severe butt cheek pain, creepy crawlies. I basically feel like I have a hot wire being pulled from my lower back to my feet. In any qiven day I can have pain on one side or both sides at the same time. The pain can move from side to side depending on what I try to do. Sitting, standing or laying for any long period of time is out of the question. Oh yeah, the back spasms are unbelievable and can last for days. I can do stuff but get an escalation of pain with any type of activity. I don't sleep, unless I knock myself out, for more than a couple hours at a time.
The reason I'm looking for long term answers is I am not insured anymore since my divorce a few years ago. I am not eligible for Medicaid since I don't have minor children. I have been denied SS and Medicare because I don't have enough work credits and the State of Florida's supposedly low cost insurance for a 50 year old is $500 a month. And any major medical insurance doesn't cover pre-existing conditions for at least one year. So basically I am SOL.
From what I have read I am looking at long term nerve damage. A chance of loss of bowels and bladder control and pain. I've only had this severe problem since April and I'm about to lose my mind trying to find answers.
I have been referred to a Neurosurgeon and Pain Management, but since I don't work, I can't afford it. I do have an Internist that is trying to work with me with pain management. I'm on a low dose of Vicodin and Robaxin and have an appointment this afternoon to raise the dosage or go to something stronger.
But long term, what could I be looking at. Do herniated discs ever heal themselves and go away? Or am I really doomed to this forever?
Thanks for giving me this forum to vent and try to find some more answers....