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28 Year Old Male ~ Herniated Disc L4-L5 ~ Microdiscectomy


My name is Eric and I am 28 and recently had a Microdiscectomy on a "pretty large" herniation at my L4-L5 level.

I am going to take my plight into the appropriate sub-forum, to greater discuss what my current issues are and see if I can get some real specific advice. One of the "READ MESSSSSS" has the following, so I will at least fill that out here (and likely in my Topic)

- Include your current condition as identified by your doctor

~~I do not know what my current condition would really be classified as, but I had a herniated disc at my L4-L5 level since February 2013 - Tried Chiropractic work at first, then moved to P.T. with regular deep tissue massages. No one diagnosed me correctly until I had my MRI finally in July.

My favorite tid-bit there is my masseuse, under the "hey-man, you can't listen to me" was the one who said he was 95% sure I had a herniated disc. No one else, as in, the doctors, diagniosed me correctly. And I was the first one to correctly diagnose myself when I got out of the MRI tube in July and saw what was obvious to my (then, and now) studied eyes was a herniated disc.

What my self-taught medical knowledge did not realize was how bad the herniation was, but I knew that day in July my options were:

a.) Be in pain for a long time, maybe forever
b.) Injections
c.) Surgery

The Spine Center I went to in Michigan quickly concluded that the herniation was much too large for an injection to really do any good. Thank goodness for that honesty, I wouldn't have wanted to do injections. So I made plans to go into surgery a few weeks later in August 6th.


- List any medication you are currently on

~~Currently, crap I forgot to take it today...I think i did yesterday too! I take a daily dose of 10mg of Celexa (for anxiety)
**10mg of Celexa, once a day
**I am on day four of my six day Prednisone steroid treatment.
**I take Norco 10/325 as needed for pain. I was taking a lot, more than prescribed, doctor said no-no-no and I've since reduced the intake quite a bit. I have been using around 3 to 8 Norco pills per day for around two weeks now.

***I was on percocet previously right after the surgery, I have been off that for two weeks or more now.


- Identify the various diagnostic tests you have had and the results.

**X-Rays (That I don't think anyone even looked at...)
**MRI without contrast of Lumbar spine, showing L4-L5 herniation


- List any prior surgeries

** Eye surgery when I was like seven in 1992
** Wisdom Teeth removal in like 2009


- Identify any upcoming surgery

**None yet (fingers crossed)


- Describe your current medical problems

If you view my profile, and I will try to come back here and edit this post. I am going to describe my current medical problems in a separate post
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