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L5/S1 Disc Extrusion - 17mm * 14mm

Hello, all.. I read this site so much a few years ago when I was unable to walk, feel part of foot etc.  I had an mri that confirmed the extrusion, posterolateral, deflecting and compressing nerve root etc..  Bad..10 out of 10 pain, Straight Leg raise only 30 degrees or so.  I finally saw the best neurosurgeon in Toronto 6 months later. By then symptoms were lessening some. He stated if you were in the USA it would make sense to have this removed the next week by discectomy.... but... 30% of people get worse, 30% stay the same, 30% get better quickly.  He suggested, if I could tolerate the pain 2 years out I would be the same as someone that had surgery.  I waited, and slowly over 2 years.. pain eventually went away...many drugs to get there, but fine now.  Some grinding left, but would likely have been there anyway after surgery as disc space is a lot less.  For me I am glad I waited.  I read on hear about a firefighter that did the same thing.  

I also read so many horror stories and someone said only those in pain and messed up surgeries post... and mostly that is true... people that heal move on.. regardless of cause.. I wanted to drop back and post something positive.   Not for all but some it may be worth waiting and letting the body resorb the disc material and heal itself.  Your only original once.  Any questions, glad to answer.

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