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l5l6 prolapse

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Lower Back Pain
can any body tell me do you get much leg pain and what is the limit on constant pain in the leg is it possible after a few years for the nerve to be damaged permanently in the sciatic and the nerve reflexes to deminish or are they un related.? ~X(


  • What I think you mean is L5 and S1. With a prolapse at that area leg pain can vary person to person. I had none. A week before my surgery I started with some sharp shooting siatica pain. Some people have pain in both legs or just one. Not one person you will find has the same symptoms.
    Nerve relfexes can diminish.
    Pain can vary and be on and off for people also pain levels will vary.
    Permanant nerve damage can happen if left gone untreated for a long period of time.
    So that its so very important to be under the care of a Neurosurgeon spine specilist or a Orthopedic spine speciallist
    All treatment should be tried as In injections, therapy etc before a Dr even considers surgery. Or if surgery is even a option for you.

    What has your Dr. told you on this situation???

    Here is a link on herniations aka buldges prolapses. Drs will all use different terms for herniation.
    click on the link to find out more information.


    Good luck
  • Hi Piggy, welcome to SH. Yes definitely you can get sciatic/radicular pain from L5-S1 prolapse. People are all different, and the nerve pathways can even be different, but there is a common course for them that the majority of the population has. I am going to post a link to the Chirogeek website. It is full of great info to help us understand these things. This is the sciatica link, but check out the others as well, especially dermatomes. http://www.chirogeek.com/000_Sciatica_General_Infor.htm

    Nerve damage can be permanent, but I don't think there is any way to know until you fix the problem and see if symptoms improve. Nerve healing can take months to years.
    Have you seen a Spine surgeon. What is the plan of action? Have you tried any conservative measures? Good-luck and let us know more about yourself. Take care,
    >:D< Cali-Sue
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  • my injection didnt work when back with my ortho he didnt make much of anything other than to ask if my back is sore when i said no he just said by the images it should b . which was bizarre to me then he just ordered new mri and x rays they said i have artritus and prolapses and my left leg is just about moveable i still walk but my leg is dragging had to buy new runners as the left one was totally worn across the bottom. any one tell me what is goin on mhen i lie in a bath its like my but disappears into the bath and the hip is resting on the bottom
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