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Has anyone healed after 10 mos

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
Has anyone healed after 10 or more months of cronic sciatica by using conservative methods i.e., phsy therapy, traction, medication, injections, exercises, swimming, etc.

I have a bulging disc beteen L3 and L3 that is causing sciatica pain down my left leg to the arch of my foot. My doctor wants me to suffer through without having surgery and says at some point it will naturally go away. When I asked him how long he thinks it would take, he says that seeing it has gone on so long, anywhere from 1yr to 2yrs to 5yrs.

My question is this, has anyone had sciatica for such a long period that just happens to go away?


  • Have you consulted with other spinal specialists? I am a big believer in getting several opinions from specialists in different practices.

    Conventional wisdom is that if after six months of conservative treatment there is NO improvement, chances are the problem is not going to "heal" on its own.

    That being said, research also indicates that for a patient with a herniated disc, five years down the road, the outcome for someone who has had surgery, and someone who did nothing have the same results.

    So, I'm not sure there is one answer to your question. It sounds to me like you do not agree with what your doctor is telling you. I suggest you do some research to find the best specialists in your area, and then get at least one more opinion.
  • Thanks gwennie. I have consulted an orthopdic doctor a few months ago and he said that he felt I should have surgery. Maybe it is time for a third opinion.
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  • if you have a bulging disc that is compromising a nerve it wont heal on its own .whiles i would not encourage surgery i would think that you will require it .because if your nerve is being crushed by foreign matter from the disc it will be permanently damaged .take some advice and go and see a top neurosurgeon.
    good luck my friend
  • I started with my symptoms of sciatica in August 2008. Was sent for therapy (massages, tens, and traction). Was then sent to Neurosurgeon because of MRI showed a bulging disc and a herniated disc on the nerves. In September the surgeon said I had leg weakness. In October I had discectomy done on both disc. Here it is 6 months later and I still have all the same symptoms that actually have gotten worse. No one seems to have an answer as why. The surgeon says the second MRI showing scar tissue and slight bulge on one of the disc looks good and his job is done. I have been sent to pain mgmt and more therapy and more tests. And still I have pain in the buttock, hip, and leg. Good Luck to you.
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