I have had a herniated disc at L4-L5 since 2006. I was already at advanced ddd, and the disc was almost gone and just herniated from nothing left to it. My last MRI was a while ago, am having another tomorrow. I have neck ddd also along with arthritic bone formation at C6-C7, the bone was pressing on the nerve root in the foraminal opening on the right side with significant pressure. I haven't had surgery for either condition. I had emg's done at the time and everything seemed well enough. For awhile I have had the problem that if I walk any distance nonstop that my legs start moving like I have palsy or something. I sometimes have pain in the lower back and hips and backside into the thighs. Now I am having the same thing happening when I haven't walked that far. If I try raising my legs while lying down they are wiggling all over. They seem kind of unstable also where they are wobbling. Which I think is a symptom of weakness. Even though I have had this I have still kept mobile for the most part. I think I have myofascial syndrome all over, where my muscles are always in an underlying state of tension or contraction. Where if you press on them it hurts, the pain level varies, but it is pretty intense. Anyway that is another story. My main concern is progressing nerve damage. I already have this in my hands from my neck as well as CTS in both hands for many years and not having surgery soon enough. I finally had the right wrist done because the neck was causing double impingement with really crappy symptoms. So that is the only surgery I have had the right wrist complete release in 2007. My neck is going to be an issue also, but too much to add to this post. If anyone has had surgery, and had symptoms like this before having surgery. Was that your only option. Was permanent damage present, or possible? What other options were you given? Has anyone let their spine just fuse naturally after you reached bone to bone when your disc was completely gone. I have numerous joint issues too. I have had a few ESI's done and all they did was cause my buttocks to go into spasm and no relief for anything else. Well hands are falling asleep. Hope someone can relate and fill me in a little. Haven't really gotten involved with a neurosurgeon, only minor exams years ago. So am having to set that up, and is part of the reason for new mri's. They are doing my cervical and lumbar spine in the same session. Thanks to anyone that shares some input.