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I have very bad pain in lower right back when i walk two blocks i cant walk any more the pain goes into my butt and lower right side of leg and top of foot from knee down is numb but not for long X-ray showed 9 mm bulge mri showed 3 mm with pinched nerve and pars defect my doctor seems nerves to say or do much but a spinal place wants to do surgery. What should i do?


  • PlumbTuckeredOutPlumbTuckeredOut Philadelphia, PAPosts: 325
    Hi Bailey's!
    If we took 100 people off the street and gave each one a free spinal MRI we would find 100 spinal images with multiple different and varied anomalies. Of this 100 people about 20% would admit to sometimes being in pain from their backs. Looking at the MRIs from these individuals it's likely to find that these people probably do not have the worst spines according to their MRIs. Lots of people have bulging disks and pinched nerves and have no pain. Other people are in a lot of pain with no symptoms on their MRIs.

    In general surgeons don't like to operate on backs for the purpose of "pain relief" because it's a long shot that surgery is going to alleviate the pain. Back surgery is an option usually only when there is a severe loss of use of limbs, loss of bowel and/or bladder control. Often people having back surgery to regain use of limbs, bowels and bladders come out with more pain than they had previous to surgery.

    I know that none of this is making you feel better because pain hurts! Here are some suggestions, try physical therapy and really DO IT! It can work! Try taking oral steroids to lessen the inflammation and swelling. The disks can pop back into place with reduced swelling. Try acupuncture. Learn cognitive behavioral therapy for pain management. I know! You want pain relief and NOW! These modalities really do work and don't leave internal scarring, severed nerves, more damage.

    Read through these forums. Many people can tell you how some surgeries helped them while others needed more and more surgery and continue to be in pain. Any place that wants to do surgery as a first option is the last place I'd want to be.


    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by...... (Robert Frost)
    I still don't know if I should have taken the one that said, "Caution! Dead End" (Me)
  • thanks Im doing those and taking pills for inflammation I got online and they started calling and i sent my mri to them then they wanted me to get surgery. It felt like a tele-marketer. thanks again its scary to think about surgery on the back.
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