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Canalzone6CCanalzone6 Posts: 5
edited 04/16/2015 - 8:27 PM in New Member Introductions
Hello, just found out I have a problem with my L5-S1 that has a 9mm bulge.

I don't know what that means and can't get in to a Dr until next Tuesday.

Looking to read up on what others have learned and how to live with this until I can figure out what to do about it. At the very least hopefully learn how not to make it any worse!

At least I now know I'm not crazy. Thank you MRI tech and my PCP.

Looking forward to learning a lot here and maybe helping someone too.


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  • thats some bulge canalzone.. is it hurting you? how do you feel atm??
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  • @DanielIC
    Man I'm miserable and pretty much incompacitated. Nerve is pinched on the left and the pain radiates down my entire left leg to the foot. Numbness in legs (skin feels numb) and pinkie toe is numb.

    I'm doing ice packs for 20 min every hour and trying to avoid bearing any weight.

    I thought labor pain was bad but this beats it hands down. Wish I could get spasms to stop... They aren't as painful when laying on my right side but they are still there. Got some meds from PCP which is better than nothing.

    I guess the best thing to do is lay in bed and read through this spine health site until time for my appointment.

  • Yes hang in there. Take your meds and rest properly.
    Rest is very important in people with this type of pain. I can't stress that enough!
    I hope you sort this out as soon as possible. Keep us posted.
  • Well, my initial visit with spine doc led me pretty straight to an ESI, icing, and meds (Norco and gabapentin) followed (unfortunately) by a 13-day wait until I can get in for my followup Appt.

    Since then I've seen improvement with my symptoms receding like a glacier. Numbness is almost completely gone, YAY!!! The original buttock and back of thigh pain are back with vengeance (they were some of the first pain symptoms I ever had). I was hoping to miss the repeat performance :-/

    Anyhow, Thursday's not far off so I'm hoping my pain continues to subside. My alternative for this size bulge appeared to be surgery and I really don't want that from what I've read.

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  • Well ESI lasts maybe 5 days :-( so it's of to surgeon I go. Found great one, I hope, and am waiting for my insurance to approve it. My lumbar spine was a mess... He said my spine was 20 years older than me ( now that's OLD - 85 - does it qualify for medicare???).
    Last night I bent over too far and hyper-extended my back and since then have been in increased pain yikes!!!! Then slept through midnight alarm for pain meds. Woke up at 4:20 am thought I was going to die. They have now kicked in, along with ice packs so maybe sleep follows now.

    Not sure if this is where we post ongoing sagas since I'm new, is there is somewhere else please direct.

    Anyhow it helped to type about it.
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