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Is surgery a guaranteed solution?

shiva0536sshiva0536 Posts: 2
edited 03/17/2015 - 4:28 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hello everyone! I'm a 21 year old guy struggling with getting my life back on track due to herneated L4 and 5. This happened in the gym 6 months ago and i didn't know that I had a major problem until last month when I got a MRI done. The entire system of getting a correct diagnosis is really fucked up in India. I urgently need to know that is getting a surgery done a sure shot way of getting rid of the problem. I have to work and have big plans for my future but they all seem impossible right now since I can't even stand or walk for more than 10 minutes. And while sitting it's like someone is pulling all the nerves in my left hip and thigh. And these days I think twice before going to the washroom. Each and every movement has become very painful now and I really need someone to tell me what's going on. Someone who knows his/shit. Also my sacrum has shifted from its original position and I have a hard time lying down also. This has caused major changes in my attitude and I'm always angry and irritated. Anyone who's been here or knows how to go about things please do reply! Thank you!

Welcome to Spine-Health

It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. Isolating spinal problems can almost be like the game of Clue. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,
Here are some questions that you should answer:
  • - When did this first start?- Was it the result of an accident or trauma?- What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)- What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?- What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)- What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)- Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)- Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?- What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?

Providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
of your situation and make it easier to respond.

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I’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?

Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways its like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then its up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.

--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 03/17/15 11:28


  • formerweightlifterfformerweightlifter Posts: 196
    edited 03/17/2015 - 5:44 AM
    the diagnosis system's xx up in usa too lol
  • Jillybean079Jillybean079 Posts: 305
    edited 03/17/2015 - 5:07 AM
    I'm going to be honest with you, back surgery is never guaranteed...ever. Working with the spine and all the nerves, there are so many "grey" areas...Most docs won't even do surgery unless you've tried all the other conservative methods...meds, injections, PT...have you tried any of that yet??

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  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 2,561
    edited 03/17/2015 - 5:24 AM
    Not even close. Surgeons still don't fully understand why some back surgeries fail and another of exact same type have full recovery. There are so many variables involved.
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,348
    guarantee.... But, basically nothing in life is a guarantee.

    There are so many factors involved to determine if a surgery is going to take care of everything

    I am not talking about failed surgeries, that is another topic. I am just talking about surgeries which address the problem, but there is still some aftermath that needs to be dealt with.

    I doubt if there is anyone here who could say that the were 100% after surgery
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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