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Disk Extrusion L4- L5

kristenco09kkristenco09 Posts: 1
edited 10/17/2014 - 3:08 PM in Lower Back Pain
Hi, I'm new here ☺ Recently had an MRI show that I have a herniated disk. I've had problems with my back for 8 years (I'm 23) and they're thinking this might be the reason. I've been in a lot of pain just this past week with almost no relief, even after seeing my physical therapist 4 times. Usually it will get better to where I can at least walk or sit. So I'm kind of worried that it might be getting more serious. Anyone have similar problems? I'm not sure if this is even the right place to post this so please excuse me if it's not.


  • Spiny_MaloneSSpiny_Malone Posts: 232
    edited 10/18/2014 - 3:14 AM
    I'm Canadian... But we feel it here too.
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  • In my experience with this type of problem I exhausted every possible option prior to surgery. I have had 4 spine surgeries with my last one on 17 September 2014. Every case is different as well as each patient going through these injuries. Have you spoken with a neurosurgeon about non surgical options? I went through pain management treatments for a year before finally making the decision to have the recommended bilateral L5-s-1 laminectomy, facetectomy, and foraminotomies for decompression of the L5-S1 nerve root with posterior instrumental fusion (rods and screws). The doctor also corrected some issues at L4-L5 with a laminectomy. I still have disk issues from T12 to L3 that I will not even think about touching unless absolutely necessary. I put off addressing L5-S1 for over 20 years which made this issues worse over time. As mentioned this is my 4th spine surgery but 15th overall. The recovery for me is far worse than the surgery itself. Do not hesitate to get a second opinion and research as much as you can before making any decisions. This is your body and again everyone responds and heals in different ways. My career of 20 years in the Marine Corps took its toll on me. Respect your body and educate yourself as much as you can to your condition and research doctors in your area that you may be considering so that you can make an informed decision. Best of luck!
  • Kristen. Have you seen a board certified spine surgeon? Many patients end-up just seeing GP's & chiropractors, therapists etc. but they are not the kind of spine specialist you need overseeing your care. They just do their bit. You need all the care & education you can get to deal with this while you are young.

    Best of luck.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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