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Help, new member with sciatica

Glen eGGlen e Posts: 2
Hello, I'm a male 63 with never any back problems. I'm active and walk every other day, 6 foot /240lbs. I retired a few years ago and own a forum website so I'm in my desk chair 10 hours a day. Two weeks ago, I got up out of the chair to meet with SEARING pain down right leg and inability to walk. Next day my ortho of 10 years saw me and felt it was a pinched nerve. So he ordered an MRI and here was the summation:


So next, I have an epidural this thurs and rehab sched after that.

I trust my doc but he was a bit short with me:

Only one main question. In two weeks it really has not got any better with heat, ice and oral cortazone....I still can't walk without a huge charley horse pain after. 30 yards or so....

1. Will this ever heal, or will the epidural and therapy just get it to a manageable state?

Thanks in advance


  • Hi Glen e,
    I am a new member too. I'm 37 and my MRI revealed a mild disc bulge at L4/L5 with some spinal stenosis.
    I've been struggling with this sciatic pain since my mid 20s, and been to lots of PT, self research, and a few doctors.
    In my case, with a disc bulge, or "tear" as my doc called it, I do heal. The pain can take several weeks to totally get rid of, and he's told me the disc will heal completely within about 5-6 weeks. He's also said that ice and heat don't really have an impact below about a half inch or so below the skin -- but certainly if it helps relaxation or feels better, he said to do it.
    Are you taking any pain medication? I find that Vicodin (along with Naproxen) can take the edge off pretty well. If you're still in pain, I'd imagine your nerve is still inflammed. Sorry I can't speak specifically to a herniated disc -- my MRI didn't list that specifically and the doctor never said I had a herniation. Hopefully another member can give you more insight into that....
    Best to you,
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,298
    with any interpretation of diagnostic tests. That is for two basic reasons.
    [*] One, there is no one on this site that is medically qualified to provide such information
    [*] Two Providing such information here does not take into account all relating information

    We have had bad experiences when a member told a new member not to worry about their MRI report, because it all looked good. That was so un-true, but because this member did listen, the wound up with some serious problems.

    When it comes to any diagnostic test results, there are key words that you need to pick up on.
    [*] Mild - No immediate aggressive action needs to happen, Physical Therapy and some OTC medications might take care of the problem.
    [*] Moderate Generally means that some more actions need to be put into place. Besides Physical Therapy, that could include spinal injections, acupuncture, traction, etc.
    [*] Severe Worst case. Could mean surgery or other aggressive actions.

    But besides that, Its impossible for us to provide you more definitive information. That has to come from your doctor.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • jessitaylorjessitaylor Posts: 40
    edited 02/12/2014 - 4:15 AM
    Let me first Thank you for not asking us to interpret your mri or mri report. We want to help but nobody here is qualified to give you medical advice. All of this is made up of opinions and past experiences.

    Slipped/bulging/herniated/torn discs all have a couple of things in common, they hurt to high heaven but they do heal (most of the time but don't worry about that just yet). With proper physical therapy and (sometimes) steroid injections to the rear end, you could be back to your old self in a couple of months.
    An important thing to keep in mind is that with physical therapy, you actually have to work to make it work.
    You mentioned two weeks ago you had the hallmark pain down your leg, but now you just have pain in your back. If the leg pain is gone, you've already somewhat improved.
    I don't know about anyone else but ibuprofen used to help me with disc pain/nerve inflammation a lot.

    Are you using proper back support at your desk? Do you have a tendancy to slouch?- Those questions will be asked a lot. And don't be surprised if someone tries to make it seem like it's your own fault for being in pain. Anyone who's never had back pain doesn't understand back pain.

    Good luck. And I do hope you feel better soon. Keep us updated on your progress. :-)
  • Glen eGGlen e Posts: 2
    edited 02/12/2014 - 5:25 AM
    I am a forum owner myself, and an administrator of two other forums in the hobby world, so I completely understand what are the rules and what are not the rules, but I appreciate the refresh.I would never ask anybody to interpret my MRI results, it was just to position the single question that I had, thanks for all your responses
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