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Westin2022WWestin2022 Posts: 1
edited 06/02/2015 - 3:02 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello everyone. I'm a 24 year old male going thru what many of you are, so I wont waste space complaining about the pain. Just wanted to introduce myself and lay out whats going on. I injured my back while training jiu jitsu (grappling). I am an active competitor, and am very passionate about this sport. Since my injury, I have been unable to participate and it has left a large void in my life. I am hoping to someday return to what I love doing.

Today, I was officially diagnosed with L4L5 herniated discs revealed by an MRI. My doctor has recommended surgery. I will get a second opinion but thought I'd get as much info as I can first. Looking forward to talking to you all.

Current Problem:
-L4 & L5 herniated discs
-Moderate low-back pain
-Severe leg pain
-Unable to lift my toes.

How long:
-3 months.

Doctors/Specialists visited:
-Primary care x2
-Spine specialist x2
-Physical therapist >10x

What diagnostic test have you had and what are the results
X-ray (Primary care)
MRI (Spine specialist)

What medications are you currently on
Ibuprofen 800mg

Physical therapy
Steroid injections x2

Recommendations from doc:
"wait and see if it gets better" (Primary care)
"wait and see if it gets better. If not better in 2 months, consider surgery" (spine specialist after MRI results)

Have you had previous spinal surgery?

Other information:
I am a martial arts competitor. Jiu jitsu is my only passion and a central part of my life. Being unable to do what I love hurts almost as bad as the physical pain. I hope someday I can participate again.


  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    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. 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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    - Analysis or interpretation of any diagnostic test (ie MRI, CTscan, Xray, etc)
    - Medical advice of any kind
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    What could be good for someone could spell disaster for another.
    You should also consult your doctor to better understand your condition and the do’s and don’t’s.
    It is very important that new members (or even seasoned members) provide others with details about their condition(s). It is virtually impossible to help another member when all the details we have are
    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.

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