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herniated l3 l4 left leg sciatica / weakness and pain

justinwjjustinw Posts: 1
Hello, this is my first post im desperate for some help / advise. im a 24 yr old male I injured myself at work on 11/28/14 and have been struggling with pain and weakness sense then. Ive even used a cane for short periods of time. The pain gets so severe that it puts me into tears I can literaly do nothing it breaks me down completely. It is hard but some days its not too bad and I can live semi normal. I have done 2 epidural injections with no help and nearly 5 months of physical therapy. The therapy provides only temporary relief from the leg pain that comes back soon after. I had a doctors appointment today and he has decided to stop the therapy, which isn't helping any, and recommended me to see a surgeon. He wont specifically recommend surgery to me as the option to chose, he wants me and the surgeon to discuss it. Im at a loss, in the beginning it was do anything at all possible to avoid surgery and now its time to meet a surgeon. I don't know what to do when we meet if I should put my body through a back surgery at 24 yrs old or what I should do. My doctor would rather see me have surgery than see me take pain pills to tolerate life as it currently is, which is hard for me to understand. So im looking for advise and experience I will likely see the surgeon next week and I dont know what to do or how to approach this. If I have surgery at such a young age will it affect me later on in life? am I better suffering now rather than later? These are things the doctor couldn't answer cause "its not his back and everyone has a different tolerance for pain" and "everyone heals different from surgery".........

please any advise or help!!!!


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    Surgery is always a thougful decision. Not sure if you had..or wanted...a second opinion.
    Myself...not a candidate for surgery.
    I have known couple of friends, men, who did have surgery and do pretty well....but they continue to do work ..out of alignment, with twisting, turning, etc.... It's happen a few times to each where there back is like..wrentched...and they are in ER..medicated and sent home for week or more of bed rest.
    Only you can decide what's best for you...please remember to be gentle with yourself afterwards if you choose surgery.
    I would consider surgery with limited pain a gift to be cared for always .
    Good luck!
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  • I had a sciatic pain down my left leg which I had no idea how I injured it. There was no back pain with the sciatic. I was unable to stand for more than 2/3 minutes before the pain became excruciating. The only relief was either sitting or squatting which relieved the pressure temporarily. My physical trainer had me doing deep core exercises which incorporated a doing a pelvic tilt to hit the deep core muscles. After about 2 months the pain was gone.

    Unfortunately 3 months later I injured my back lifting something in the garage and this time the sciatic pain came back with lower back pain. My MRI showed a herniated L4/L5 herniated disc which my primary doctor and my spine surgeon said had very little chance of healing itself.I Had surgery in October of last year and was told no lifting,twisting bending for 3 months. I felt great. No sciatic pain and very little back pain which I felt was from my muscles being real tight. Once I was given the go ahead to return to normal activities ( my dr said he did not think I needed physical therapy because I was doing so well) i started experiencing back pain again, nothing major but irritating. I went to see a physicaal therapist who believed I over did to soon . I went at it to hard after being inactive for 3 months. Its been about 6 weeks of doing the core exercises and stretching and I am finally starting to feel normal again.

    I hope this helps you
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