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Disc Extrusion L5-S1, disc protrusion L2/L3 and L4/L5

chezlycchezly Posts: 24
Hi, I am new to this forum. I have a serious disc herniation on L5/S1. Five weeks ago, I have a mild back pain and I visited a Chiropractor. Sadly, things went wrong on the 3rd treatment and I suffered a disc extrusion over at L5/S1. I was in a lot of pain in my right leg (from buttock to my toes). At the moment, I am seeing an Orthopeadic Doctor and was advised that surgery is not out of the equation even after I told him what is my current pain. The MRI showed my right traversing nerve root is compressed by my ruptured disc (nucleus pulposus). I am now having cramps in my right buttock and right calf and numbness in my right foot. The sensation in my right foot has improved slightly. I have lost all my right ankle jerk. I could sit and walk without any pain. But then on the 11th day, my right foot swell up making me hard to walk. Could any one please write to enlighten me on whether I am doing much better so to avoid surgery.


  • Are you on any medication? I only ask because I was put on anti-inflammatories (I think it was mobic) and my ankles swelled and my wrists and my BP was at stroke level. That was just a thought I had when reading your post. I don't mean to scare you, I am just giving you my experience. You should contact your doc either way to find out what is causing the swelling.

    I wish you the best of luck and hope you don't have to have surgery but if you do, I wish you success and a speedy recovery.

    Welcome to our spiney world >:D<
  • Hi Ming, thank you very much for your reply. Yes, you were right about the medication. I took Voltaren (75mg) for 4 days, 10 days after my disc ruptured. Sorry for my ignorance, may I know what is BP? Are you trying to tell me that I have developed heart problem after taking the non-steroid anti-inflammatory pill? What did you do to make the swelling go away in the end? When did your swelling go away? My doctor is on holiday and will only be back next week.

    Thank you very much in advance for your support and enlightment.

    God Bless you.
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  • It depends somewhat on how long you have had the pain. They suggest you wait 6 weeks while trying non-surgical options before considering surgery. It sounds like you've had the problem about 5 weeks?

    If you're not seeing any improvement after 6 weeks, surgery may be an option for you. But I think the deciding factor should be whether your pain is bearable or not. If after trying other non-surgical options the pain is too much to handle, surgery is one way of "helping" the body down a path to recovery. What other non-surgical options have you tried? An epidural injection (cortisone) has been very effective for me when it comes to controlling swelling and pain.

    Maybe you could just give it more time and see if the symptoms go away, even slightly - maybe it will just take some more time...
  • BP means blood pressure and I don't think Ming meant you have a heart problem. I have a herniated disc and annular tear at L5-S1 and I had foot swelling and I couldn't get my shoes on and my feet were numb. I thought I eould never be normal again. My Dr. also gave me lasix 20 mg for the annkle swelling and after a couple of months I could move my toes and the swelling went down. Your PCP should refer you to a Pain Management Dr. I had a pm Dr. and had injections and it helped the pain and numbness alot. You should also get a 2nd opinion Ortho and or Neurologist. Your PCP will probably order a EMG test. I hope you heal on you own without surgery but you have to try all conservative measures first like the PM Dr. Remember that none of us are Drs and can only share our experiences.
    www.chirogeek.com is a great site. Good luck and 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
  • Sounds like you have some real pathology going on and timing may be key stopping or reducing the risk of chronic problems.

    Have a good read on www.chirogeek.com
    disc herniation is explained really well.

    and other sites so you fully undertstand what has happened. Will it recover on it's own?
    What are the risks if you leave it?

    You need to have a frank discussion with your doc once you done some background. sadly you are the only one that can make the choice.

    I wish you well.

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  • I am sorry to scare you. BP means blood pressure. I usually run a low BP and never had issues with high blood pressure until I took this anti-inflammatory. I had to be monitored for 2 weeks and have my BP checked each day or every other day by my doc until it went down. I just stop taking the med and the swelling and BP went down. It didn't do any long term damage and my BP is fine now. I just make a point to tell any new docs that I had this affect so it can be in my charts.

    I beleive voteran was another one I tried or it may be the same one. I wouldn't do anything drastic until you talk with your doc. Does the doc have a nurse or someone else on call that you could leave a message with to find out.

    I do know that at a lot of CVS, rite aid, walgreens etc, they have blood pressure machines. I didn't even know I had high BP that day until I went for my annual female checkup and to get refill on my birth control pills. My OBGYN took me off the pill because of the high BP and she said she couldn't beleive I was walking around normal like that. I did notice my face felt hot and I didn't feel quite right but never thought about high BP cuz like I said it was always the opposite.

    I wish you the best of luck and hope you are doing better.
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