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Surgery the only option?

bob2012bbob2012 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
About 5 weeks ago, the co told me I had an L5/ S1 disc protrusion with impingement on the left S1 nerve. The pain was intolerable initially but with physio got a lot better within even the first treatment. 5 weeks on, I continue to have a little pain in my left hamstring but more importantly have a continued tingling feeling on my left foot and numbness on the sole of my left foot.
Doc suggests surgery and I am clearly not keen. Given that the pain in tolerable and manageable, is the only way to get rid of the tingling feeling surgery?
Also, it feels like I have the same tingling feeling slowly on my right left and left hand - is this even possible or is it all in my head?
Do any alternative treatments such as chinese med or indian aurveda massage help?
Any advice much appreciated.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,434
    Unfortunately, no member on this forum side is medically qualified to give you sound advice. That information can only come from you doctor(s).

    We can provide insight based on our own personal experiences.

    Impingement on a nerve root due to a protruding disc is something that should be watched closely. From my own surgeries, I waited one time almost 9 months after the MRI identified what my problem was. Surgery was fine, but it took almost 15 months to get all the feelings back in my leg and feet.

    Thats one of the reasons why you do not want to wait that long under those conditions.

    I think that perhaps you can get a second opinion regarding your condition.

    I would want to know from your doctors, all the
    Pros and Cons of having the surgery now or postponing it.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • Hello Bob!

    Hey you have the same problem as I do and I will tell you from personal experiance that having sugery is'nt allways the best answer! I had a huge disk herniation L5 S1 with left never root which was very painfull and I had to get surgery. I had a disectomy in Dec 2011 with good results for the most part but keep in mind my pain was a 11 out of 10 and very unmanagable! Well, it's now April and what do you know I am back in the same situation with reherniation L5-S1 with nerve root issues on the right! I have not figured out what I am going to do about it and I am taking time to think about a 2nd surgery. What I am getting at here is that Surgery is not allways a fix all and you will have back pain even after. When doc's do back surgery they try to relieve the leg pain,siatica, mostly. But that does not mean that it won't come back. If all you have to deal with is a lil tingling in the leg here and there I would wait and try other options like yoga,pt or steroid injections. I speak on personal experiance and I am by no means a medical professional. Hope this helped you out! Feel Better soon!
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  • Like Ron said, we can not give you medical advice on whether you need surgery or not. Some people experience no pain, but their surgeon could recommend surgery if there is spinal cord compression. The tingling in the hands doesn't seem to be related to the herniation in your lower back. I would recommend getting that checked out by your doctor. Good luck!
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
  • Traction is an alternative treatment and sometimes works but the right conditions have to exist.
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
  • If its geting beter not worse i would try anything and everything under the sun to cure it without surgery,

    Tingling might not be a serious enough issue to have surgery in my opinion,
    But of course get a specialists opinion always,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
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