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Navigating Treatment Options, Advice for a Newbie

MarRossYallMMarRossYall Posts: 1
Hi All,

I'm relatively new to these forums. I have been reading TONS of posts but this is my first time to the board myself. After a few crappy weeks, several visits to the Chiropractor, and an MRI - I discovered I have herniated my L5/S1 disc. Pain has mainly been in my back (and woof is it BAD) with pain radiating into bilateral legs (mainly the right, which correlates with my MRI).

I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed by the choices ahead and I'm wondering if there are people in similar situations who have herniated a disc and COMPLETELY AVOIDED epidural steroid injections and surgery.

A little bit about myself, I just turned 30 and I have no other health conditions to speak of. I'm moderately active and energetic and work in healthcare. (Neurosurgery if you can believe it!) I am very opposed to having any surgery if it can be avoided. I see spinal surgery everyday, and with that... I have seen my fair share of repeat surgery and complications. I have every desire to be as conservative with treatment as possible.

With constant ice therapy and a few weeks of regular ibuprofen, I have finally been able to go back to work. I am awaiting my appointment to see the pain management doctor who will discuss ESIs with me. I'm curious to speak with others who have been down this road and interested to know if I am patient and continue to be careful, is it possible to avoid the injections.

Looking forward to hearing from yall!


  • LizLiz Posts: 9,760
    edited 07/27/2015 - 9:51 PM
    please take the time to read this post and refer to it when you have questions

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    I'm not sure I quite understand you wanting to avoid the epidural injections.

    I have had several over the years. Some were effective and some were not.
    But I thought it was worth a try and I'm not sorry I had them.

    You may benefit from the __ search__ on this site, upper right on page.
    You may be led to older posts, articles and or videos re your concerns.
    I esp like the videos as they show exactly what is happening.
    The video library here is huge!

    I wish you the best with your future PM appointment and with the decisions you will be making!
    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

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