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L1-S1 Herniation Experience Needed

Had 2 level microdiscectomy L4 & L5 In 2007. In recent years I’ve had periodic problems with shooting left leg pains. About 8 days ago after moving some bins, I started getting stabbing pain in left buttock. The  pain radiated from my lower back into the buttock, then around down front side of thigh. Within 3 days it moved down to ankle. It feels like a knife cutting down to bone pain. My only relief is lying down straight. Went to ER because I couldn’t stand the pain. They gave me an MRI & then a CT scan. The L5-S1 graduated from moderate dehydration/mild protrusion/no significant canal comprise (last MRI in 2016) to now being: 

L5-S1: Marked disc space narrowing with left paracentral disc herniation and osteophytic spurring resulting in severe left neural canal stenosis.

I am terrified of having another surgery since my cervical fusion in 2013. Has anyone else here had a similar diagnosis? What treatment options did you have?

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  • tjlazerttjlazer TacomaPosts: 44
    edited 03/15/2018 - 5:51 PM

    A Micro D does not have a good outcome unless the disc herniation is larger than 8mm.  I had a Micro D and it was a complete waste of time.  So what you need to do is try to decompress the disc and hope it can stop or get better to take the pressure off the nerve.  You can look into the many ways to do non surgical spinal decompression.  (Inversion, traction, Cox therapy, NuBax Trio, Sit and Decompress, etc)  Good luck

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,476

    Bbnpcfl

    Just remember, not everyone is the same with pain, pain tolerance and what works best for you.
    Other options are available but you need to discuss them with your doctor first.

    Sandra
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  • tjlazer

    I appreciate you sharing your experience. You gave me some good suggestions. I plan on writing those down to ask my doctor on Monday. 

    memerainbolt

    Thank you for your words. I agree 100%. Certainly helps to hear someone else say what I’ve felt. Confirmation is priceless to someone in doubt.

  • Met with Physiatrist and Neurosurgeon today. I’ll be having a microdiscectomy to resolve my issues. Thanks for your advice and support. Looking forward to feeling better!

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