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Husband has L5 protrustion

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in New Member Introductions
My husband has been suffering for 10 days with back pain and leg pain. MRI showed L5 disc protrustin. With bludging at L4 and L5-S1. He is unable to walk at all. Any time he puts pressure he get incapcitating pain. He is now able to crawl to bathroom. Dr. put him on Steroids and this is day 4 on them. Not seeing any improvement. PT. told us that therapy has to wait untill he is in less pain. Just don't know if this will ever get better. Anybody out there that have advice? I am willing to listen. We can't get into specialist until Dec. 2nd.


  • Is your husband on pain meds? Would it help if he had a cane? Or a walker? You can find a pain management Dr. and they can get the referral through your Dr. Did the Dr. refer to a neurologist? His Dr. should book him for EMG test instead of waiting for neuro. If your husband is worse he needs to go to ER. I hope he gets some pain relief soon. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • No, not refered to Neuro Dr yet. He is on pain meds and has tried walker but to much pain still. Probably will call General Dr. on Monday and ask about pain clinic. Should the steroids be helping?
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  • Statistics show that most back injuries heal themselves within the first 6 months. I have been on steroids many times and they usually do not work immediately. I have had them work long after I stopped taking them. Tell him to try ice 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off on the low back in the area of L4/L5. This usually helps the pain alot. My only advice at this point is to try and be patient for awhile (I know it is hard) and hope that the problem heals itself. Good luck and please keep us posted.
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  • your husband is in so much pain. If he should start having any bladder or bowel issues (either can't control or not working), get to the ER immediately. In the meantime, he must try to not bend, lift or twist and give his discs a chance to heal. I had a physical therapist early on tell me to not even bend to brush my teeth, but to pull a chair up to the sink and try to brush my teeth sitting. She fully believed that given a chance, the discs could "suck back in" where they are supposed to be. The night I had to crawl down stairs from the 2nd floor, crawl out the door on concrete to our vehicle, and go to the ER was the day I realized I was in worse shape than I wanted to believe.

    I also have L5-S1 issues, and have had 3 surgeries. Prior to the first one, I was having excruciating pain, yet tried my best to avoid surgery. I only waited 4 months, but still have permanent nerve damage as a result. Nerve damage is nothing to play around with and I hope your husband can get in to see someone sooner than December 2nd. Hopefully the steroids will kick in and decrease the inflammation a bit and bring some relief for him.

    Sending him positive thoughts and hope he is able to get some relief in the coming days.

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