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L5 S1 disc protrusion


I've never posted about this anywhere so I'll try and get it out there as best I can. Right now I'm in a lot of pain from overdoing some mechanical work on my car yesterday!!! Had the evening in hospital and went home with Endone, I'm sick and tired of the medications and I want to get better. I've got an L5 S1 disc protrusion from a truck rollover. It's 8 years old and not getting any better, I've tried a lot of things , many upon reflection of where to no avail , process of elimination. I tried it all to see if they would help. All MRI's show disc protruding into the central nerve root on the right side, I get sciatica down both legs and intense pain in my lower back.
I've been treated with a lot of the pain relief available(Norsapan , Durogesic are the ones I've been rotated on most, with excellent relief I have to add) I can't help but wonder about a discectomy, I've done a little research and this procedure seems to me to be the one that might relieve the symptoms, although I have at least one disc that is degenerative(L5/S1 from memory) and also a tear in the same disc ( it's been a while since I've looked at the MRI reports ). Another topic worthy of discussion is the recent nerve stim I had implanted. It worked amazingly , I'd say about 90% pain relief when not doing too much and and about the same and often no sciatica at all. Recently, became non tolerant of Norspan, increased my workload at home( my wife and I have 10 kids together ) and the wheels fell off. Pain is back with a vengeance so rotated to 12 Durigesic. Panadeine Forte is regular as normal regime to carry on through the day. I'm happy to share my experiences and help others if I can. I would really appreciate some help with what I'm going through, I'm at my wits end, I just want to get better to be the best I can for my young family. I thank God everyday for them and want to give them my best!



  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 971
    edited 09/05/2016 - 6:20 PM


    From everything you describe it sounds like you have a pretty messed up disc(s) in your lower back.  Taking the pain meds and the nerve stimulator is only masking the problem... NOT correcting it.   You should probably speak to a specialist regarding actually correcting the problems with your back.  A mico-discectomy can potentially fix the problem and is a fairly common first level surgery.  The longer you keep taking the pain meds... and put off actually correcting the problems the greater your chances are that you will sustain permanent never damage that surgery cannot correct.  Back problems are no joke... and can be crippling if not corrected.  You need to be there for your army of kids... please go get yourself fixed for their sake.

    Harry - 65 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
  • FieldyFieldy Australia Posts: 5
    Thank you for the advise , very much appreciated  :)
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  • FieldyFieldy Australia Posts: 5
    Another issue I forgot to mention, I've noticed a lot more recently is the bones in my lower spine pop and move a bit , usually when I sit or get up. The nerve stim techs think that this may have caused lead migration, deeming incorrect positioning of where most benefit of pain relief was achieved.
    Can anyone tell me what would cause this popping and shifting of the vertebrae? All that comes to mind is the one or more discs being degenerative and deteriorating 
  • FieldyFieldy Australia Posts: 5
    Thanks Harry, I've been referred to a Neurosurgeon and hope to be approved and will see him early December for another opinion. My Gp agrees it seems wise to do a current MRI( it's been over two years since I had one). I would of thought they would of done one before the nerve stimulator to see where everything is at! . 12 months ago I had a discography with no benefit due to the dr not being able to get into the disc, it was meant to bring on the pain but I felt nothing but the needle pain and pressure ( also hit nerve once or twice along with bone due to narrowing of disc space
  • FieldyFieldy Australia Posts: 5
    Not all of that last msg made it into the post?
    i can't remember if I replied to your inbox, but if you read this thanks again Harry. All the best mate
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