Hi all, before xmas my back started to get sore but i thought with 2 weeks rest during the holiday it would get better. Day before i was due to go back to work it was really bad. I went to the osteopath and it felt like he had fixed it so i was pleased. Few days after i started to get pains from the top of my buttock all the way down my leg into my foot, I then realized that i had sciatica. The pain is really nasty and i get pins and needles in some of my foot and calf. It has stopped me walking properly and i limp about. Week ago i had an MRI scan and it revealed that one of the discs is trapping the nerve. I have good and bad days but i cant walk properly and pain killers really help. I went back to the doctor today and he thinks from the results of the scan i should arrange to have surgery as it hasn't improved over 8 weeks. I really don't want to go to hospital as it seems extreme and i haven't tried any of the other options.View 1 Replies
I have had right at 24 visits of Physical therapy at 6 visits of aquatic therapy and nothing seems to help at all,Last month I have been dealing with a lot of pain and when I went and seen my Neurosurgeon on 8/20 he thought I reherniated the disc again so he ordered Flexion Xray and another MRI, it showed that the was no sign of a reherniation but a week before my surgery he told me that I had a slipped or bulging disc because of the traumatic injury I had to my L4/l5, so it definitely showed that and now I have been in a Back Brace for 4 wks because my spine has shifted 1.1 millimeters and I have what they call spondylolisthesis,I just had another xray yesterday and he ordered a Nerve Conduction test cause I had already had issues neurological issues w/right leg after surgery and now with this more pain that I'm having issues now with my left leg aswell,My question is doing you think my Dr might have missed something or not......View 1 Replies
so today I saw the consultant, what a let down! The guy went through what happened first, then asked me some questions about the pain etc and got me to walk, tip toes, etc etc. then em said he won't operate. Instead will give me a root nerve injection. I'm totally terrified of needles and the thought of this is driving me mad my my fiancée who was with me didn't like him too much and neither did I. He didn't seem like he was on this planet! he kept asking me questions I couldn't answer. The pain killers mask virtually all my pain. The only pain I get is in my back and if I try to come down a dose, I get horrendous pain in my leg down to my heel and back. His attitude was, you're obviously not in that much pain today so we won't even think about an operation!
He was reading a letter from the pain clinic doctor who said I'm not a suitable candidate for an operation, yet the Orthopedic specialist I saw said I need an operation without a shadow of a doubt!
i have a friend who has had an l5s1 fusion, and he said don't have the nerve root injection. Someone who had one at the same time of him hasn't walked properly ever again.
So if I don't do the nerve root, can I take anti inflammatories instead? He said he wants to do it as a diagnosis.
I am in complete pain ! Am on hydrocodone. Effexor. And morphine but in seeing if natural ways would help trying to keep from surgery any adviceView 6 Replies
I have been experiencing the lower back pain which is local from last 5 years. My MRI reports says that there is a central disc bulge at l5/s1. Where outer annular tear is intact.
I have seen a chiropractor who has recommended spinal disc decompression sessions on Hill DT.
As per the doctor, it will relocate the disc back to its normal position and make the disc healthier as before.
Just would like to know if someone has gone for the similar treatment for the similar problem. If yes kindly share your experience.
I have an herniated disc between L4 and L5 .A massive disc fragment broke and moved away and is pressing the dural sac.I have pains only when I walk.I can not stand up more than 10 minutes because of the pain.How dangerous it is and how can I be sure that a surgery will solve my problem?View 1 Replies
I had an accident in work a year ago and have finally been diagnosed with a disc bulge and 3 very stretched ligaments in my ankle but since my last physio I have started to get a pain in my right buttock and gradually it has been getting worse I'm in pain sitting walking standing going the toilet and the pain is that unbearable at times that I can cry. And now 4 days into this pain I have a large lump I can feel under the skin about the size of a 10p its about 3cm from the bum crack and is extremely sore to touch has anyone any idea if this is related to my other problems or something else as I don't know weather to go doctors or wait for my next physio.View 5 Replies
Did anybody have problems with nerve pain in their buttocks and/or legs especially the sciatic nerve after ankle/foot surgery? I am almost 5 weeks post op and I'm having pain in my left leg starting in my left butt cheek. I had a lot of work done on my left heel such as lengthening heel cord and cutting heel bone and shifting it. My heel has not been healing well. Doctor has me put clean bandage on everyday and then wrap it with ace bandage. He also put me on antibiotic. My heel does hurt.View 5 Replies
a disc bulge can return to normal shape ? i mean lower back disc.what can i do ?View 1 Replies
I had a disc prolapse in january this year(08 ).i just thought i had severe back pain as i usually did have back pain.on the 2nd of january i went to hospital as the pain got so severe,i couldn't walk and the pain was in my left leg.the hospital gave me a pain killer told me it was siatica and sent me home.two days later my pain was unbearable so i went back to hospital who yet again examined me and told me to have accupuncture and was sent home.On the 23rd january i stood up and had lost control of my bladder the pain was so horrific i decided to go to a different hospital.when i arrived they examined me and told me i was to have an mri scan.where they tried to lay me in the mri scanner but could not so transferred me to a different hospital.at the hospital they took 4 hour to do my mri because i was in so much pain i could not lie on my back.when they finally did an mri they could see that my disc had broken off and was on my spinal cord,i had an emergancy operation and was told if i had left it another 24 hours i would never have walked again.i wish the first hospital would have examined me properly in the first instance.i never had suffered so much pain in my life i was in agony.i had the op and now 11 months on i'm still recovering but at least i can walk.View 1 Replies
I have been told that I have two disc bulges at c3-4 and c5-6 in my neck. There is also a large broad based posterior left paracentral and intraforaminal disc protrusion at c6-7 that is compressing the nerve.
I am being referred on to a specialist but that is ages away. I would be greatful for any advice in terms of
(1) what is the likely solution for this diagnosis i.e can physio sort this out or will it be an op?
(2) are there any immediate dangers ?
(3) can i still exercise?
Had a disectomy 2 years ago on l3 l4 and worked wonders on my sciatica however lower back pain is always there. 2 years on I have a herniated disc at l4/l5. I have been off work for 8 weeks now and walk with a stick. I am going back to work on Monday for 2 hours to see how I go. I'm on tramadol naproxen paracetamol but still not finding any relief. I have had PT and didn't help. I am now being referred to the hospital pain management clinic in June. I can walk 15 mins with a stick before excruciating pain in my leg and back. I feel I have no life and this will never end.View 1 Replies
i been suffering with a severe bad back for nearly seven years, even though the pain brings me to tears sometimes i still work.
i had a mri scan two weeks ago and they said i have a disc bulge in my lower back which is causing all the pain in my legs
i have been prescribed tramadol for the pain and an anti inflammatory but it doesn't even take the edge off the pain.
I had a herniated disc from July 2010, which trapped the Sciatic nerve and caused on going constant pain through my bum into my leg. After trying physiotherapy and so many different types of tablets nothing worked. Eventually after a long 18 months i had a discectomy to remove the part of the disc which was herniated. So that was in december 2011. I am now in just as much pain with pain which has now spread to the foot.
Has anyone else suffered the same or more pain after an operation?
What methods have you tried to deal with pain and what tablets did you use?
I'm currently taking 2 500mg naproxen a day, One when I wake then One about 4/5pm to get me through the rest of the day but they're slowly starting to work less and less is there anything I can swap them with? Anything you guys take for anti inflammatory.
Maybe something over the counter I can take with it? Ofcourse not ibuprofen.
steroid injections in spine do they work on prolapsed discsView 1 Replies
I have had low back pain with sciatica off and on for years . 3 months back I had an acutely painful episode which stopped me from going to work for 5 days. Subsequently a MRI showed disc prolapse L5/S1. I am 40 yrs old and am an active squash player. I went back to playing squash after taking a 6 week rest but my back seized up again. I am told I am not 'ripe enough ' for surgery .My dilemma is that if I don't keep active playing squash, a part of me would possibly die. I would like to hear from folks who have a prolapsed disc but continue to play squash.View 1 Replies
I’m Male 33 years old and now have 2 prolapsed discs.
My first Prolapsed disc started back in March 2006. I started with back pain, which got progressively worse. Pain shooting down the left leg / couldn’t walk properly and my back started to bend over to one side. After going through my GP I got referred to a Neurosurgeon. He sent me for an MRI scan. The disc L5/S1 had gone completely and was compressing my nerve. If I hadn’t had the operation I was one step away from cauda equina syndrome.
After the op everything was fantastic back to work and NO pain.
November 2007 the pain started again and I was sent for an epidural injection. This seemed to work until April this year (lasts about six months) when the pain came back. So back into the MRI scanner I go and I find out that the disc above L4 has pro-lapsed slightly and is just touching the nerve.
So now I’ve got to try an epidural again and if it doesn’t work it’s back under the knife!
At the moment I’m off work walking like I’m 80 years old and completely fed up.
1: If you’re suffering get your doctor to refer you to a Neurosurgeon.
2: Get an MRI scan this shows everything up. X-Rays are no good. You can pay for a scan if you want to speed things up. You can also pay for a consultation with a Neurosurgeon if you have the money.
I am crying with pain as I write this had an mri yesterday which revealed prolapsed L3 ,4 and 5 . wet myself and the other as had no feeling in that area , they wanted to do surgery but I discharged myself to be reviewed in 6 weeks , I have a very physical job , I ride and compete horses , is the surgery worth it ?View 1 Replies