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Would appreciate feedback from people down my road before--Herniated L5S1

flexlexfflexlex Posts: 4
Hey. Little intro-Im a 20 year old male, about 6'2, 210lbs. I herniated my S1 aboiut 3-4 for months ago, not sure how but i think it was a weight lifting incident. Afterwards i thought it was a bad muscle pain so i tried to "suck it up" and ended up making it much worse.

So far ive had all 3 of my ESI's, the 2nd proved to help a lil but the other two didnt do much. Im on 75mg lyrica 3X a day and diflinonac (sp) 2X.

Heres the part i kinda need help with

Doctor said i need surgery. Im all for it honestly, i have to go back to school and nothing else really worked. He suggeted a new and nonivasive Disc FX procedure which seems promising from what ive read. Doctor really bolstered it but he probably only sees $$ signs everywhere.

He told me that in order to go ahead with this surgery he needs to do a Discogram beforehand to "confirm the pain is coming from my disc". I stared at him.. like where the hell else is it coming from? The procedure involves mildly sedating me, sticking a needly in 2-3 discs to force me into pain which i already have enough of, and then get a ct scan which gives high doses of radiation.

To me it really seems this is not needed. I have an MRI clearly depicting a large disc herniation at ly l5s1. Both side and top views, clear depiction of the herniation.

I feel this procedure adds unneeded risk, pain, and exposure, recovery time, cost, etc. Is there any way to get out pf this? Is it truly needed?


  • Welcome to spine health!You have come to a great place, full of caring, informative people.

    Was the doctor that you saw a fellowship trained orthopedic or neurosurgeon? I am unfamiliar with the surgery that he is sugesting but I am sure that a member will chime in who is.
    A discogram is another tool that is used to make sure that the disc that they are doing it on is the true pain generator, before they go in and do the surgery.I know, even when it seems obvious.On the MRI did it show any issues at any other level?

    Have you had more than one opinion? I would definately want more than one before I commited to surgery ( I had 3)

    Wishing you all the best. Look forward to hearing more from you, please keep us updated.

    >:D< Karen
    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
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