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so i was told from MRI done back in May 2016 i have herniated disc at L4 L5-S1. I have done physical therapy and to be completely honest it hasnt helped at all even the injection didn't help with the pain. Im on all crazy meds and none of them seem to help the lower back pain nor the sciatica. The spine surgeon said i do not need surgery so im a little confused and lost at this point. If PT hasn't helped nor the injection what else am I left to do now? Its been going on for 4 months now and I feel like i gotten worse. I did urinate myself days ago and was in severe pain with fever and chills that day went into the emergency room and did an emergency MRI to see if i had an infection on my spine due to the injection but the results were negative. Some one give me some type of input or any experience you been through.


  • Ellen625EEllen625 New Jersey, USPosts: 757
    Perhaps you need to get a second opinion. Sometimes different testing will reveal issues an mri didn't find. Find a doctor who will listen to you. You know your body better than anyone else. Good luck!
  • Your case sounds exactly like mine and I know how you feel.
    I was invold in a incident 4 months ago at work tearing my L5 disc and creating a bulge into my exiting nerve canal causing left leg issues.
    I did the same as you, spinal injections that did nothing, 2 months of physio that made me worse, heaps of meds that do nothing but make you feel like crap.
    I was in hospital for a week last week as I had urinating issues too, major back pain and uncontrollable leg and foot pain and now have two indents either side of my spine due to the muscles spasming to protect themselves then to be told I have to wait another 3 months to do surgery as the insurance company wants more time to see if my tear will heal????
    Im lucky I guess as I am covered by insurance but I know how you feel, it feels like no one cares you have lost your whole life and they really have no idea what to do its really a joke.

    Is your case covered by insurance?

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  • So basically i have a tear in the disc just like you and everything basically just like you. Workers comp is paying for all the PT sessions and appts. And etc but exactly what you said they giving it time to see if i heal which obviously im not healing one bit. I got kids that I can't play with and im young only 27. It sucks going through all this but tomorrow i will call and set up another appt. with a deifferent neurosurgeon. The neurosurgeon from last week said i didn't need surgery but he didn't even make an appt. with me he just looked at the MRI from months ago and said I didn't need it but the new MRI that was done on Monday as an emergency says i have L4 L5 S1 the old MRI said L4 L5 nothing about S1 i dont know if that makes a different now.
  • Are you sure you are not me lol.
    I am 31 and have my first baby due in 3 months!

    I had another MRI done last week to compare to my one that was done 4 months ago and it said everything was slighty getting worse after everything we tried.

    I have seen 3 specialists who all agree on my injury but all have a different approach to treatment.

    The spine specialist I am seeing since last week is one of the best in Australia, he said after seeing my scan that I need a disc replacement as a torn disc will never repair as it has no oxygen and blood flow to repair it especially if its torn at the front as it will keep tearing radial, my tear is around 1.4cm long.
    He said if I was not on workers comp he would schedule surgery next week and be back to light duties in 5 weeks but they dont get it.

    I can afford the surgery myself but if I do that I loss all my cover and etc, if I was you I would see a orthopaedic surgeon with a torn disc as from my experience most Neurosurgeon could not care less about a torn disc.

    Right now I am sitting here not having a clue what to do, my partner who is pregnant is having a hard time with everything but it seems like no one cares.

    My recommendation is not to see Neurosurgeon but a spine specialist or orthopaedic surgeon.

  • Well i did see a orthopedic specialist he's actually the one who recommended PT then the spine specialist said last week I didn't need surgery. My lawyer wants me to see a neurosurgeon now. I do have an appt. with a pain doctor on Monday let's see what they say. I honestly can't take this pain anymore i wish i can do something about it already but like you said if we take it upon us then we lose all the coverage from workers comp which they are just making us worse by holding us back from healing or dealing with the problem period.
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  • Scotty19SScotty19 Posts: 27
    edited 09/15/2016 - 12:17 AM
    I would not recommend to see a pain management doctor all they do is recommended a life of spinal injections and medications which dont really do anything but mask the issue.

    Most of my specialist said spinal injections slow down the healing process even more on a torn disc.

    I found out of the all the specialist I seen as soon as you mention workers comp and they see you have a torn disc they back off because they know that they don't cover disc replacement surgery and dont like doing fusions on young people.

    Funny thing is my spinal specialist who I seen last week said if you wanted to pay for a disc replacement or had private health insurance I get it done asap.

    So what do you do?? 
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