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Herniated disc L4-5


This is my first post on this forum and I'm hoping to get some help from others who have 'been there, done that.'  In late October I herniated a disc at L4-5. I was in tremendous pain and actually had to go to the ER, since I was away from home. Since then I have had an MRI, been to the neurosurgeon, had PT, and now I am going for an epidural next week. My pain is not as intense as when the rupture occurred, but I get spasms quite frequently and my leg weakness/numbness scares me. Will the epidural help with the weakness? I feel like I could trip and fall at any time. Pain meds help with the pain when I take them. Luckily I don't have to take them too much, mostly at night to help with sleeping. I am feeling confused as to what to do next. Is there any time frame in which the nerve that is compressed could have permanent damage? Unfortunately, I can't get through my neuro's medical assistant to ask him these questions.

Thanks for any help you can give me.




  • kwarendorfkkwarendorf Posts: 36
    edited 01/25/2017 - 9:03 AM
    Hi Jacki - 

    I'm not sure the epidural will do much for weakness. In my experience weakness is caused by the mechanical compression of nerves. The injection won't really address the compression caused by your ruptured disk. Epidurals are mainly designed to provide pain relief.

    Also, if your neuro's assistant won;t let you talk to him you might consider looking for a new neuro :)

  •   Thanks Kyle, unfortunately that's what it thought as well :(
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  • jimandjrjimandjr Dallas TXPosts: 745
    Epidurals are hit or miss. For me, if it did not work, I was off to surgery. Disc herniation was the beginning of my spine surgeries in 2001. L4/L5. GLTU
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  • Thanks jimandjr and that is what I'm trying to prevent....surgery. Ugh!
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  • jimandjrjimandjr Dallas TXPosts: 745
    Sometimes surgery is the only option. GLTU. 
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