Patient Stories: How Ron Felt After His Lumbar Herniated Disc Diagnosis

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When I was first told I had the L4-L5 sciatic problem—herniated disc, and it was bad—I was, like, in shock. That was more of the feeling I had. “What is it? Why is it? What do we do about it?”

So, it was really just—I wasn’t worried, I wasn’t concerned—which I probably should’ve been—it was just that I was, I was—”What’s happening?” I really didn’t know what the problem was, what needed to be done about it.

I didn’t know what the effect was going to be. What kind of surgery I need; if I didn’t have surgery, what kind of pain would I have? Just so unknown for me.

And really, back in the late ‘70s, I didn’t have a lot of resources. A lot of the doctors, they said a few words, but not enough for a layperson to understand.

So, it was fear more than anything. That’s really what—you have to have the diagnosis. I didn’t know what the hell was going to happen.