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I had a herniated disc L4/L5 back on 9/25/18. Have undergone epidurals with no sucess. First surgeon recommended a microdiscectomy. Kept on doing the PT/Chiro thing for about 20 weeks now until I got a second opinion. This surgeon said my L5/S1 is herniated as well and will need a fusion. Needless to say I will be getting a third opinion. I know some people in the medical field and even some people that have had a fusion and I keep being told that “I don’t want to wait to long.” Over the course of my injury I’ve developed a “lean” where my should drops to one side and my hip is hiked up. So my question is, is there a timeframe you don’t wanna go past? I just don’t wanna go out and rush into a fusion surgery, but some of these well renowned surgeons are taking new patients 4-6 months out. I’m not in agony but Everyday is uncomfortable for me. Furthermore I’m 35 years old and people keep telling me I’m too young for back problems.....oh thanks




  • I love the "too young" thing. I'm 24. First herniation happened at 16 and it took me 7 years to get it diagnosed because every doctor I saw said "you're young, here's some PT and you'll be fine". There's no immunity to this type of thing just because of age... 

    Anyway, I will say that my initial microdiscectomy helped me immensely. I was virtually pain free after a few weeks. I was elated. I lost 65lbs in 5 months. But I overdid it and ended up with recurrent herniation... now I am faced with the dilemma of fusion as well, since I've herniated the same level.  

    Best of luck! 

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