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Microdiscectomy need and recovery

bhagbbhag Posts: 1
reaching out for input. i am active 47 yr old female, l3-l4 bulge now herniation. i have been in intermittent pain for 10 years. treatment: rest, ice, 1 steroid injection 3 yrs ago. pain is now accompanied with numbness and weakness. excellent doctor recommended microdiscetomy (metrx system) or try injections again. i can still spin, swim, elliptical but walking and sitting has become intermittently painful. i stopped running. it is the end of january now, my goal is to be able to walk pain free for hours for a trip the end of may. i am afraid if i do injections i will not be ok due to flaring by may but on other blogs people say it takes up to year to recover from surgery. long term goal: to be able to do sprint distance triathlons again.

thoughts? microdiscetomy vs injections?

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  • shortfuse5691sshortfuse5691 Posts: 407
    edited 01/22/2015 - 5:54 PM
    I had huge success with the lumbar injections and would do that before any surgery. I did all 3 of them and it has lasted over 2 years. It's worth a try. Most insurance companies will require conservative measures first or surgery could be denied.
    2005-ACDF with Corpectomy at C3-C-5.
    2006-L4-L5 diskectomy.
    2009-Cervical laminectomy at C3.
    Steroid injections series x 4.
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