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March 19th, 2008 | by admin |

 

Herniated Disc

Choosing The Best Herniated Disc Treatment

If you want to know the facts about herniated disc treatment, then you need to learn all of the different options that are available to you. No one wants to suffer with a herniated disc but when you have this problem, you may feel that you don’t have any options. The first thing you need to do is get an official diagnosis. Then your doctor will talk to you about what your different treatment options are. From this point, you will probably be told to stop any activities which aggravate the condition. For many people, this is enough o stop the problem and allow it to heal itself. For other people, more treatment will be required. Your doctor will consider all things about you and your condition when finding the best treatment option for you. For example, he will look into your past medical history, your activity level, what type of job you have and other considerations to decide the treatment that works best for you.

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After you are first diagnosed, your doctor will watch your symptoms throughout the treatment process. If you’re responding well to the early treatment attempts, your doctor may then suggest something next on the list. If resting the tired muscles does not work for you, then next you might try ice and heat applications. The combination of ice and heat treatment can help ease muscle pain and spasms. Many people find that ice and heat therapies ease discomfort from their herniated disc.

When you have tried these things with no success and your condition is still getting worse, then your doctor will progress to the next stage of treatment which is usually physical therapy. Therapists are trained to work your muscles in a way that will not cause more damage to the area but can actually help remove pressure and swelling in the joints. In addition to this physical therapy and sometimes after the therapy if it is not working, your doctor may also prescribe certain mediations to help ease your pain and discomfort. These usually include pain killers, anti-inflammatories and more. Oral steroids or epidural steroid injections are used in many extreme cases where other medications and treatments are not working.

Oral steroids such as Prednisone and Mderol can act as anti-inflammatory as well and reduce inflammation. Typically doctors will try to avoid surgery and will try all other methods first. During surgery, the herniated disc will be removed. You will then need to recover from this surgery before resuming normal activities.


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  1. 103 Responses to “Herniated Disc”

  2. By Randal O. Denley

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    on Apr 12, 2008
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    I had back surgery in May 2003,in which my surgeon found a herniated disc in the L2 region. He stated after looking at my MRI, that what I had was a spiral herniation in which the bulging disc circled my spinal nerve cord. After surgery he told me that my condition only occured in approximately 1 to 2% of all his patients. He stated what he did was just trim the bulged disc off my spinal nerve, but did not replace the disc itself.At the time preceeding my surgery, I had lost all control of my Left leg and had extreme pain in my lower back, but continued working as a supervisor in manufacturing. Now, five years later, the problem is starting all over again.I am 53 years old(48 at time of surgery), and the surgeon stated that my vertibre in my back looked like that of a 65 year old man. I just worked myself to death, lifting too heavy of loads, and bending over at the lower back quite often. He also stated that my vertibrae had tiny vertical cracks in them, which is normal for an old man. Please contact me and help me decide where to go from here. I am filing for Social Security, but being denied according to them because “I can walk and am not blind”.

  3. By Karen on May 8, 2008

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    I have a long history of bad connective tissue problems, which means bad back in my family…seriously…its genetic on my mother’s side. My aunt is one of only 8 people in the us to have had every disc replaced and held together with herrington rods…this was in the 1970s. She is now 50 and has had both shoulders, both knees and one hip replaced. She has applied and been turned down. She appealed and got disability. I am 39 and just starting down the “surgery path” I have had two back surgeries in less than a year. I too am considering Social Security Disability. I have two cousins and a close friend…all with rotten backs that started out as degenerative disc disease. In a nutshell. EVERYONE, EVEN DOUBLE AMPUTEE’s get refused social security disability the first time…most even on the second appeal. My friend, who is in her 50′s has been fighting Social Security four years. She has had several back and neck surgeries including fusions. She has documented everything the past 10 years…lost time, sick days, cancelled appointments, Decrease in ADL’s (activities of daily living) including missing her daughter’s wedding and then birth of first grand daughter and inability to interact fully as her granddaugher has grown. When she filed, she was refused after waiting for 8 months to hear anything. On appealed and she was refused, this time after almost a year and a half of back and forth to doctors, second opinions, Phyisical therapist for “assessment and scoring”. By now she’s pissed off, angry at the system, dismayed, at whits end…etc, etc. Her and her husband, despite being financially strapped, came up with a $2500 retainer, talked to friends and associates, and finally got hooked up with a good “disability” attorney. After 3 hours of reviewing the documention she had keep over the past 10 years and looking at all the material submitted for an appeal, he asked for an immediate hearing of the appeal with a federal judge. After getting the court date and forwarding his summary and some documents to the judge prior to the hearing, they went before court, he started to present his case, and the judge interrupted to ask my friend two questions…can you “physically” work 20 hours per week at a job in your field, or a similiar field, if court ordered, and when was the last time that she DID NOT take any narcotic pain medication. She answered no to the first, adding, not unless the court plans to pay for my hospitialization, subsequent surgeries and additional pain and suffering that will be the death of me, and over 20 years ago to the second. The judge told her he didn’t know why this case did not get approved on your first appeal (and explained that all Disability claims get refused the first time…its the only way the system has to try and weed out those that are truly deserving) its obvious you can’t work and if you would, legally you would be a danger to yourself and others as you operating a motor vehicle to get back and forth to work while “technically” being under the influence of a controlled substance which could cause you to do harm to other and possible spend the rest of your life in jail. He stated I have reviewed your records, you clearly cannont physically perform any substantial job tasks without the reliance of heavy narcotic mediciation, which, if you have been taken for 20 years, are undoubtly addicted to and dependent on to assist you with what life you have. He judged in her favor and told her to go spend time with her grandchildren if it was the last thing she did.
    So, you got denied…So you say you are working yourself to death…who isn’t, that doesn’t qualify you disability. I can’t tell what does…but perhaps you can read a little between the lines and this helps you understand the process.

  4. By Shannon Ross on Jul 19, 2008

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    I am only 21 years old and I have 2 “mild Bulging Discs” in my lower ban=ck. L4 and L5. I am in so much much pain that I am starting to get depressed> I have tried all the top named narcotics like vicodin, mederol, percocet, tylenol w/ codeine, etc. I am currently on neurotin because my doctor says that the discs are hitting the nerve in my back. I am missing time off of work because of the pain and i don’t know what else to do. My doctor even prescribed me physical therapy and that didn’t work. I can’t sleep at night because of the pain adn not getting comfortable. I’ve had this pain since my accident about 6 months ago. Please help me.

  5. By Barbara Pretzman on Jul 25, 2008

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    I currently have 5 bulged discs..I have heard of an operation that some kind of gel or substance that is injected between the discs to help cushion them..I believe it the same stuff that is injected in the knee for a knee operation..can you tell me what that is and what type of operation this involves? I am currently on AHCCCS and have had one operation on L-3 and L-4 with no results…I am in pain…Please help

  6. By Connie S. on Aug 9, 2008

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    I am 54 yrs old and 3 months hurt my back. Finally had a MRI which reveal 2 bulged discs….L3- 4 and L4-5. I have been off work for the entire 3 months. resting the back. It will on some days feel better but never completely without pain and other days, the pain is pretty severe. It seems that simple things agrivate this condition, driving, sitting, standing , even mopping. I have not tried to lift anything so I don’t know about that. I only drive short distanc. during this time span, I had to drive for an hour and the pain was absolutely terrible that night. Is there anything that can be done for bulging dis besides resting the back. I have done that for 3 months. The only treatment thus far is pain meds which I don’t like> also I am confused. I was aways taught that a bulging disc was when the disc is intact but pushing beyond the vertabrae, a hernitated didc is when the the sac had actually opened and the fluids were leaking. Please explain the difference and the treatment of the the bulging disc. I was told that this would be a lifelong problem. Is this true. Please give me some answers.

  7. By cory darby on Aug 15, 2008

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    I am in the same exact situation. the doctor said i had a shallow heriation in L4 and L5 my back has been hurting for over 6 months and I have even tried physical therapy and that seemed like it made it worse. I have been deppressed to but I am learning to deal with the pain.

  8. By jim on Aug 24, 2008

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    tell doctor to give you a lumbar shot of cortizone.ihave had these shots twice. the first time i had one it was like i never had the problem. the first set of shots took away all the pain and i did not have another problem for six years. the second time it took two shots and some rest.

  9. By joyce on Aug 24, 2008

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    See if your doctor will do spinal injections in the L4 & L5. I had the L5 / S1 bulging & got the injections. 90% of pain gone instantly.
    Sometimes, I have heard, that you need a series of 2 or 3 sets of shots. I am going for a second as my left leg is still tingling down to my toes. Can not sit for very long, but the pain is almost gone!!

  10. By Kelly on Sep 9, 2008

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    I am 30 years old and I had the same problem, but my was only one disc. I was sleeping over a coffee table to releif the pressure. I tried the shots and nothing worked. I would talk to your doctore about having a surgrey done. It was the best thing that I did.

  11. By CINDY

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    on Sep 11, 2008
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    I was diagnosed with 8 bulging dics and herniated discs L2-S1. I am in a lot of pain and do walk, if I do not walk I am worse. A horse accident has left me unemployed and unable to do my vocation. I do take time release oxycodone and if I do not have it I am unable to move. Try walking, it is slow walking but it helps me I can only do 25 minutes in which I worked up to.Hope this helps.

  12. By Angelica on Sep 15, 2008

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    I am 21 years old also, and was in car accident when I was 19. I was T-Boned on the drivers side where I was. I have had so many problems with my doctors in getting this fixed. For an entire year I was having lower back pain, and for the first few months of that, my General Practitioner wouldnt tell me to do anything but take Ibuprofen and go home. It wasnt until I went to my chiropractor and he ordered a MRI though my medpay in my autoinsurance did I find out I had a herniated disc in L4 L5. I then went BACK to my GP and they told me that because the MRI had not come from them, they were reluctant to take them. Finally, upon much persistance on my part, I was referred to the Spine Clinic, where they put me on prednisone and Flexerol. This failed to work, and so they moved on to doing the steroid injections. The first one worked for about 3 months, the second, didnt help at all. Soon after, I became pregnant, and he back pain went away, aparently because hormones during pregnancy loosen up the joints which caused less pressure on nerve. Now, my son is 4 months old, and I am right back where I was before I got pregnant, IN PAIN! I am unable to sleep, unable to sit comfortably, unable to walk straight (as it causes SEVERE scoliosis) I am unable to perform any of my daily routine, including holding my baby, and going to work. What do I do now? I am inclined to hassle my doctor, who has now prescribed valium, vicodine, and prednisone, to just schedule the dang surgery. I cannot afford the time or money lost in all of this! The medication is not helping AT ALL, I am missing work, and my baby is missing his mommy, as well as my husband and other two step-children.

  13. By Donna on Sep 22, 2008

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    I am 51 and had back surgery in 2005 for a bulgeing disc at L4 and L5. I was pain free for only a short time and the back pain got worse and worse.I had an MRI done and they said I have a herniated disc in the same place I had the last surgery. The pain is almost constantly but it is worse in the mornings when I wake up. It is so bad that I have to get up and sit on a heating pad and take a couple vicodine before the pain eases up and then I go back to bed and sleep a little longer. The pain has been so bad sometimes when I am up walking that I have to hold myself up with a walking cane and stand still for a few minutes. I am having surgery again on Oct. 2nd, I sure hope it helps this pain that I am in daily. I am so sick of this constant pain. It gets to a person after a
    while. It makes a person get depressed.

  14. By Brittany Hancock on Sep 25, 2008

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    Hi I read your comments on your back problem. I was diganosed with a perferated lumbar disc. I hope I spelt that right. Do you have any knoweledge on that or advice for me. I need to know which way to go. Thanks

  15. By ROBIN ROBERTSON

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    on Sep 29, 2008
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    I WAS IN A CAR ACCIDENT IN MAY OF 2003,IWAS HURT PRETTY BAD AND DIDNT KNOW WHERE TO TURN SO I GOT AN ATTORNEY.TO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT I WENT THROUGH 3 YEARS OF THE RUN AROUND FROM HELL,WHICH INCLUDED INTENSE THERAPY EPIDURAL STEROID INJECTIONS,COUNTLESS DR.’S APPTS.,AND FINALLY HAD MY CASE HEARD BY A JURY OF MY “PEERS” THEY RULED IN MY FAVOR,57,000 TO BE EXACT,BUT AFTER EVERYTHING WAS PAID I WALKED AWAY WITH ONLY 5,000!!!HERE IT IS 2008& IM STILL IN SEVERE PAIN THAT I HAVE TO DEAL WITH DAILY.C2-3,C3-4,C4-5,C5-6,C6-7 IN MY NECK ARE EITHER BULGING &OR HERNIATED.(IVE HAD NO SURGERY)MY BACK IS NOT AS BAD,BUT L3-4,L4-5,L5-S1 ARE HERNIATED AND I HAVE NERVE DAMAGE AS WELL.I HAVE BEEN DEPRESSED FOR YEARS,BECAUSE OF MY PAIN AND WHATS THE WORST PART OF IT ALL IS I KNOW I WILL NEVER BE FIXED!!I HAVE NO MED. INS. I CANT AFFORD IT AND I CANT WORK, SO I JUST LIVE DAY TO DAY,ADDICTED TO PAIN MEDS. AND HIDING FROM THE PUBLIC.I DONT HAVE ALOT OF DOCUMENTATION, SO IM S.O.L. WHEN IT COMES TO DISABILITY.MY ADVICE TO ANYONE IS DONT GET AN ATTORNEY,AT LEAST NOT IF YOU ARE LIGITIMATLY HURT,I KNOW FROM EXPERIENCE.

  16. By barbara on Oct 3, 2008

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    hello people, im 54, going in for surgery oct 14, for interbody fusion on L3-4,L4-5,L5s1. has anybody had this type of surgery? ive had cervical fusion already, that worked out great. but im scared of this upcomming one. anyone have any advice? something to do with spacers w/my bone marrow with rods and pins. or maybe someone knows a website i can go to to where they can help me, with what to expect when i come out of surgery. thanks

  17. By Joseph A. Sharp on Oct 3, 2008

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    I,suffer from a herniated disc in my back between the #3 and #4lower vertibrae – I’ve
    taken Ibupro.( 800 mg tab)which helped for a long time (About 2 yrs.)and I later had to take the steroid shots which seem to help less
    each time I get one – It is my understanding
    that a neuro-surgeon in Va. Beach, Va. that does surery on herninated disc with super results and by using min. evasive surery -If you know of this Doctor please tell me how to get in touch with him. Thank you very much .JAS

  18. By shannon sander

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    I have been in pain for 5 years at first the pain was so bad in my abdominal area and now my back ihave went in for five surgery in the past 10 years now i find out that i have herniated disc L5 s1 my leg has given out and i drag it the pain is so bad in the morning i have to roll out out bed because i cant sit up. if i dont take the pain meds i cant walk i dont want to go in for surgery again, and it has been hell on my relationship with my boyfriend. when will i live a day without pain…

  19. By Tom on Oct 6, 2008

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    I have been fused from T-12 down to L-5. I had what I was told a Pedicle subtraction ostyodomy (please excuse my spelling). A pie shape wedge was removed from my L-3 pedicle so my spine could be straightened up to allow me to stand upright. My L-5, S-1 disc is now degenerating. Could this be the problem that I’m having with pain in my toes? I’m also unable to get an erection to make love with my wife and I have pain in my penis and left testicle. Could this problem with L-5, S-1 be the cause of that? What areas of the body do the L-5, S-1 nerves influence and or control?

  20. By Tina on Oct 17, 2008

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    I’m 35 years old back in 2001 I had an MRI done and was diagnosed with arthritis in my L4 & L5 constantly suffering from back pain I have learned to deal with it. I cannot sit for long periods of time, it’s not to bad when walking but when I sit down my back will hurt but then when I stand up again I have severe back pain. It wasn’t until last month when I was at work sitting in a chair that I got a really sharp pain in my lower back and on my right side I also had a spot on my upper back that started to hurt from this. It was hard for me to work nothing that I did releived the pain I had missed alot of work for about two weeks. I went to the doctor he ordered x-rays of both upper and lower back, when those came back he told me that I might have arthritis in my uppper back as well. He wanted to an MRI but my insurance would not pay until I went through physicial therapy first. Done that did not work. He order MRI of both my uppper and lower back. Went back to him on the 15th of OCT. and he said that my upper back was fine but that I have a herniated disc in my L2 & L3 and that I have buldgeing discs in my L3,L4, & L5 now he wants me to got and see a specialist to talk about having surgery done on my L2 & L3. Anybody have any suggestions on what I should do?

  21. By Angela on Oct 17, 2008

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    I am 32 years old and just had a L4, L5 bak cage fusion with pedicle fixation at S1. I am only 3 months post-op, and life has been very hard since the surgery as when I had the surgery I had a 9 month old baby. Everyday has gotten a little easier but, I sure hope someday I will be normal again. I know my future doesn’t hold any jet skiing or anything however, functioning on a daily basis is hard sometimes.
    Angela

  22. By Angela on Oct 17, 2008

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    Tom,
    I am a nurse, and a just ended up haveng a Bak cage fusion at L4-L5 and pedicle fixation at level S1. Yes what you are feeling is probably related to this area. I had the disc pushing on my sciatic nerve, lost alot of strength and muscle in my entire left leg. I had numbness and pins and needles all the way down to my toes. This area also can affect your bowel and bladder continece. You should really see what your Doctor/Surgeon reccommends.

  23. By Angela on Oct 17, 2008

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    Angelica, You need another Doctor. I just went through a similar situation only birthing my son is what caused my herniation. L4-L5, and after my surgery, all is better pain wise, I still have my moments, but you learn ways of doing things with better body mechanics ect. It takes me alot longer to do the little things in life like clean the house ect. I would definitely get a new Doctor, sounds like he is a pull pusher and doesn’t take you seriously.

  24. By Melissa on Oct 19, 2008

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    SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME WITH MY QUESTIONS.

    I am 35 years old I was injured on September 11,2007 from a slip and fall accident at my place of employment. I have a bulgeing disc at L4.And the back injury is pressing on a siatic nerve which causes me to have pain in my left leg.I was put on light duty at work and then my work started treating me like crap cause I was no good to them anymore. When I wasn’t getting proper treatment I contacted an attorney to help me out.I was sent to physical therapy which isn’t worth a crap and didn’t help it was just a waste of my time. I had an injection around my injury which didn’t help me either. My workers compensation doctor wouldn’t put me on no narcotics because he didn’t want me to get addicted to them at all.So now all I have to take is muscle relaxers,Anti-Inflammatory Drugs that don’t help me at all anymore cause I have been on them so long. In April of 2008 my pain got worse and now it is where I can hardly walk 2 feet without being in so much pain that I want to cry and feel like I have to crawl to get back home or to somewhere to sit down at .I don’t want to have to use a walker cause I would feel embarrassed but it may have to come to that cause I can’t even shop for groceries or take my daughter to the mall without having to stop and take a rest just to be able to make it through the mall.Should I try to walk with a walking cane to see if that would help me at all. And my doctor told me that I am to young for back surgery. And now I have pain all over my body I can’t sleep at night because I hurt so bad. My husband has been so understanding and so helpful to me I thank god for him everyday.I asked to have the doctor and my attorney to see if workers comp will give me the spinal injections but I was turned down and I was told that the medication was good enough for me. I am trying not to be depressed but it is hard because my way of life as I once knew it is gone and it is hard to function a day to day basis. So now my doctor has told me that their is nothing else he can do for me so he is not going to be able to see me or give me any more medications .I applied to my social security disability and was turned down and I was told by them that I was able to get a job working as a cashier. I would like to know how these people think that someone who has a back injury is suppossed to stand for 8 hours a day.Should I get a second opinion from another doctor becuase I am tired of being treated like crap and feeling like that injured workers don’t know how they feel or how bad that they are hurting when you go to see your doctor and they act like they don’t even care no more about you or how much pain your in.

  25. By leah on Oct 22, 2008

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    im 28 years old just had a small accident at work i slid on plastic bag and they completed a MRI because i was having sactica and low back pain and results are 2 herniated discs S1-L5, L5-L4 now they say i need to speak to a nerosurgen. my job is very physical with lifting, pulling, and pushing i actually finished college and this is the career i choose and to think i may never do the job i love again.

  26. By yamila on Oct 28, 2008

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    cindy i have the same problem but i also have a buldging disk on my siatic nerve my doctor says surgery is the best option since i have tried everything else … but my main concerns are how long where you out of commission and in bed rest (i have two small girls 4 and 2) and what are the risks in getting this operation…

  27. By BRANDY on Nov 17, 2008

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    I HAD SURGERY ON OCTOBER 30,08. IT HAS BEEN 2 1/2 WEEKS NOW. THE DAY OF SURGERY I WAS UP AND WALKING AROUND, NO PAIN. THE NEXT DAY I CAME HOME,IN PAIN. I THOUGHT THE PAIN WOULD GO AWAY WITH TIME. I DO NOT DO MUCH,BUT HAVE TO DO SOME,I HAVE A THREE YEAR OLD AND MY HUSBAND HAS TO WORK. SURGERY WAS HERNIATED DISK THAT WAS CUT OUT[NOT FUSED] AND BULGED DISK. I AM GETTING SCARED CAUSE THE PAIN SEEMS TO BE MORE AND MORE INSTEAD OF LESS AND LESS. TODAY I FEALT SOME NEW PAIN,PAIN THAT I HAVE NEVER FEALT BEFORE. THOUGHT MAYBE PEOPLE CAN TELL ME THERE STORIES TO KINDA TELL ME TO WHAT I AM OR MAYBE LOOKING AT.

  28. By Nancy Teague on Nov 22, 2008

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    My name is Nancy, I’m54 years old. In 2000 I was diagnosed with Empysema and Copd. In 2003 I had to close my business because I could’t work and lukily after being denied Social Secuerity Disability I found a really good lawyer and within 5 months I got my first check from SSA. Shorty after that I started having terrible low back pain. My doctor would give me cortizone {depo-medrol}and also predsone. He never did an x-ray mri or anything and absolutly no pain meds. I changed doctors in 2006 after going to a ciropractor for almost a year.Then my primary doctor sent me to a pulmanologist and he had a ct scan done and thats when they diognosed the degenerative disc disease. I’ve been to every nurologist and pain clinic in our area and ny lung doctor said I couldnot hve surgery because I’m in stge 4 of the Copd and they won’t give me anything for pain except 50mg tramadol and 150 mg lyrica all that does is make me ill or sleepy so i just hurt all the time . So bad I walk the foor and cry .Heat nor cold helps I had 6 epidurals in one yearand have to use a cane or walker and if I go anywhere I have to make sure I have all my meds for my Diabetes 2 pills glucopage and I take an insilin shot at night and check my blood sugar 3 times a day. I feel sometimes I want to just throw all my meds away and just not take anything but I have 2 beautiful daughters and 4 wonderful grandchilden. I lost my only son in a motorcycle wreck in 2000 and my next to the oldestdaughter in 2005 from an anurism on her heart I spend 90% of the time by myself and am not supose to be by myself at all My lung doctor told me,my mom and my youngest daughter that back in J une when he put me on home oxygen. usually when they put you on oxygen it’ only about a year and the patient dies. But then still I want to be here for my family I have left I just need a doctor that will give me some medication to stop the pain.

  29. By Katie on Nov 28, 2008

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    I’m 27 and had back surgery 9 years ago for a herniated disc at L5 S1. Since I was a freshman in college at the time and 4 hours from home I chose to delay treatment until the summer. I was in severe pain for 3 1/2 months before I met my neurosurgen. I now wish I hadn’t waited as long as I did, as I now have some permanent nerve damage in my legs and lower back.

    I was amazed at how fast I was up and moving after the surgery, but i quickly learned that even the smallest “wrong movement” would cause a lot of pain, but over time I learned what I could and could not do after back surgery. Even today 9 years later I know when I’ve done too much (bending, twisting, pulling or lifting)but the pain from overdoing it is nothing compared to the pain i was in prior to my back surgery.

  30. By BeBe

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    I am facing surgery Dec. 15, 2008. I have suffered from back pain off & on for over 20 years – reason unknown – no injury. Shots used to help, but no longer last over 1 day. I have tried everything to avoid this including PT, Chiropracter, Achupuncter. Meds help, but pain is getting worse. My doctor says I have bulging disk at L2-L3-L4 & L5-S1 (for some reason it skips L4-L5). Pain gets severe in lower back when I stand from sitting in a low chair(it feels like a bomb has exploded in the area & extreme burning). For many years the pain was in the lower back & down the side of the left leg. Last year it all moved to the right side & became different & worse. It started with severe pain down the side of the right leg including my knee giving way when walking – most of that has been “cured” with PT. However I do still have severe, near constant, pain in the large muscle in the front of my right leg between my knee & groin. I also have periodic pain in right buttoch. My doctor is planning a surgery using “X-Stop” – a type of spacer to relieve pressure on the sciatic nurve. Until I speak with him again, I don’t know if he is planning on 1 or 2 spacers. I understand this is a realitively new procedure so I am seeking anyone that has had this type of surgery for their comments. Thanks for any help & sorry for my poor spelling.

  31. By Stephanie on Dec 4, 2008

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    I’m 24, I injured my back at work when I was 22 yrs old by lifting someting too heavy. I was diagnosed with L5-S1 disc portrusion, with an annular fissure,(which means it’s torn in half), The L2-L3 and L4-L5 discs have mild bilateral facet osteoarthritis. I have been to 2 different physical therapy places, trying 2 different kinds of physical therapy 1 including water therapy which did help some. The pain persisted so my doctor referred me to get cortazone (steroid) injections done. I got one done and I was in so much pain I couldn’t move for a week and a half, it was worse than before I went in there to have it done. My Doctor won’t allow me to get back surgery done because he says I’m too young. I don’t know what else to do. I’m depressed, angry, and have done everything I have been told to and still have immense pain. I can’t sit or stand for more than 15 minutes, driving hurts, washing dishes, I can’t sleep, the only way I’m comfortable is laying down, and doing that for too long makes me stiff and drives me nuts! My Husband works 2 jobs trying to support us. It’s been almost 2 years and out of those 2 years I’ve only worked 8 months. I’m scared, lonely, and feel helpless. What do I do?

  32. By jorge on Dec 19, 2008

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    I. Have been in pain for two years . I was diagnosed with disc herniation l5s1 I have Been seeing a chyropractor,phisycal therapist,doctors and still in pain. My job is getting tired of me being out eventhough I got hurt at work. I don’t know what else to do. Can somebody helps out?

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  34. By Don on Jan 18, 2009

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    I have buldging and herniated discs L4,L5,S1, and moderate stenosis. The lower back pain is severe at times, but other times not too bad, but always present. Recently my left leg tingles and the majority of the pain is behind my knee. My family doctor has been treating this with pain meds, anti-inflamatory, and steriods. This has been going on for 2 years and is getting worse. Sitting, standing, driving, bending, and almost any activity makes the pain worse. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. I’m tired of nonstop pain.

  35. By BRANDY on Jan 18, 2009

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    i had surgery on oct.30th 2008. at first i did good. but when i tryed to get up and moving around at a better pace i really started to have the pain. i had one disk cut out and the doc freed up some buldging disk. now i am looking knee surgery. now doc says that this does not happen alot but still feals that all is gonna be ok. i got and email the other day from a gal that has been down since aug.08. the best advice is do what the doc says and make sure u do those exercises. if u do not then it will be much worse. i have a soon to be cuz and she has just had her 2nd surgery. and doing very well. walk and walk and walk some more. when ya get sore take a rest but do not give up. get up the next day and go again. as my doc said,’ it takes some people longer to get better than others. and yes it takes time.’ hang in there. anyone need a freind to just talk about back surgery email me.homegirl2412@verizon.net

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  36. By Dave on Feb 5, 2009

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    hi don…i just had a surgery on a herniated l5-s1 disc called a discectomy..surgery took bout 1.5 hrs..stayed in the hospital for 24 hrs and back home..tingling and leg pain is gone..the strength in my leg is returning..downside is bout 6-8 wks for recovery,but worth it….good luck hope this helps

  37. By Kim Gittle on Feb 6, 2009

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    Hi Brandy, on Dec 22 08 I had what is called a laminectomy/disectomy of my s1 disk which was herniated. I still have alot of pain and swelling the doctor is now looking for leaking spinal fluid and I’ve also been feeling new pain symptoms like my spine is being shocked. you know how when you was a kid and stuck a 9 volt battery on your tongue? multply that by 10 and that is the new pain I’m experincing

  38. By Brandy on Feb 6, 2009

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    Hi Kim, i am really praying that all gets better for you! i am 29 years old and this surgery really took me by suprise. i have a four year old and had no choice but to get up and move around.i still am so stiff and it does hurt sometimes but i get up and go. i will not give in. the doc says it takes longer for some than others. i am one of those that it takes longer. now i do have pain in my right leg. he says that is uncommon. but then i waited till the very last min. to have surgery. i pushed it for six years. i ended up on a cane. so all in all i am better but no where new out of the woods. doc says i will have problems for the rest of my life. the cold weather really gets to me. i live in ohio and it has been so cold. i go to the doc next week. then i will now if i have to have surgery on my knee. i do home health and went back light duty. i do have to be careful. things i miss like cleaning out my car. can not do it. still can not stand on my feet for a long period of time. i have heard alot of people say ‘you’ll never be the same’ and i do belieave that but i still try to think possitive. let me know how it goes.

  39. By tina on Feb 8, 2009

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    Hi Shannon,
    I read about your back and I can relate soooo much. I had injured my back at work 1 year ago and I’m still in pain. I am on Oxycontin 50 mg right now and there are times that it doesn’t even work. Mine is in the lower lumber region also. Ask your Dr. about antidepressants that is what I am on right now. I wish you the best and hope you feel better soon. I was wondering what they told you to do as in regards to surgery.

  40. By Terry Scott on Feb 12, 2009

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    To fellow back sufferers: I had a fall-while-lifting type of accidentin 1987 which left me with compression on the spinal cord at 3 levels, S1-L5, L5-L4, and mildly at L4-L3. I was initially diagnosed with “pulled muscles” which were actually the “symptom” and not the problem. After 9 months of intense physical therapy at a sports clinic I burnt out the inferential/ TENS machine of the clinic. They were not happy and assessed my condition and found I was actually worse than when I started therapy. An MRI revealed the compression with mild stenosis and narrowing of the spinal canals at those levels.
    After riding a pain rollercoaster for 10 years and almost killing myself from drug and alcohol use, I chose surgery (not much choice). I had a Laproscopic fusion (cages, BAK barrels,) into the S1-L5 joint.
    The surgery was responsible for relieving 95 % of my pain and stiffness, sciatica of both legs. I was told that one day I would have to have the L5-L4 area fixed.
    The day has come and I have extreem tenderness slightly above my surgical site and sciatica down the “side” of my leg and into the side of my left foot. The surgery worked so well the first time around Im prepared to get the other level done. I would like to hear some success stories of the L5-L4 fusion ( cages, barrels, screws). Thank you for sharing!

  41. By James on Feb 17, 2009

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    24 yrs old herniated L-4 L-5 while serving my second tour in Iraq Apr 2008. I continued the deployment until Dec 2008 furthered my injury in an armored vehicle roll over. I just got home Jan 27th, I am waiting on Naval medicine to schedule my MRI. I have been on tramodol, vicodin, motrin, gabatem, shots of toridol. Lots of stretching, running, working. Excruciating pain in left leg, numbness, tingly, loss of motor functions, deteriorating muscle mass. By reading other stories I have come to the conclusion that I am in for one hell of a ride. Suggestions, tips, anything? Can it be fixed?

    thank you
    respectfully

  42. By Leanna on Feb 23, 2009

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    I am 41 years old now, but in Auguse 2002 I was playing with my niece at the city park when I raised up and hit my head on a metal bar and knocked myself to the ground. My cervical spine was curved in the opposite direction and I have a pinched nerve in my right leg all the way to my foot. I saw a chiropractor for a while until I finally got someone to refer me to a neurologist. She left town and my family physician has been following my care which consisted of at least 1 flare up every 3-4 weeks. I started hurting real bad the last week, and the medicine hasn’t helped. I can barely walk through my house now. I had my husband look at my lower back where it was swollen, and he said it was bruised. I have not injured it and the bruise is not solid. It is like someone took a purple marker and dotted it around the area. I looks like is is coming from the inside out. I have a call in to my dr., but I would like to knoe what is going on so I can be there when my grandson is born any day now. I was in with the other two grandchildren when they were born and it is special for me to be there.

  43. By robert on Mar 6, 2009

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    im 27 and have a bulging disk, i lost my job because of this mess, my life was turned upside down.. honestly, i tried the cortisol and that didnt help me at all.. i tried anti-imflammatory pills and that either, and im a stubborn person i love to be active, i cant stand laying around hoping that im going to get better, i laid around for 2 months and i still felt the same, i was on meds heating pads, pillows in between the legs, i hated it…. i hate taking medicine and feeling so drugged, so i took it in my own hands lol i dont know if im doing wrong but slowly im trying to excersise, at first it hurt bad, i couldnt even touch my toes bcuz it hurt like hell, i couldnt even sit down rite bcuz of so much discomfort, so since i started to do a slow stretches and core training to try and align my back its helping, im actually able to walk, sit, and lay down alot better without discomfort, dont get me wrong it still hurts but not near as bad as it did when i layed around for 2 months….

  44. By Jennifer on Mar 13, 2009

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    My husband just had surgery to eleveate spinal compression at C4-5. He is absolutly miserable. Prior to the surgery he was barely able to lift his arms, and they were numb most of the time. Now, they are still numb, weak, and heavy. However, on top of that, he has intense pain in his neck and across his shoulders. We are almost unable to stay ahead of the pain. Does anyone have any suggestions to help me make him more comfortable? We realize this is going to be a long recovery road… but this is rediculus. He is in worse shape then he was prior to the surgery.

  45. By Eva on Mar 18, 2009

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    I am 54 years and mother of a grown up son. In August 2005 when I was 51 years old I had surgery of the lower back since two discs on L5 and L6 had collapsed as was observed from the MRI x-rays. I still experience excruciating pains even after the surgery and I cant carry loads at all. Sometimes I feel so much pain especially on the left leg that I am unable to walk at all and especially in the mornings.
    The Doctor has advised I go for long walks and simple exercises to lose weight and also to avoid driving for long distances. I sometimes go for hydrotherapy which has been a relief to me.

  46. By Acsl on Mar 27, 2009

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    I had an L4-5 spine fusion in 2000 and returned to work full duty with no problems other than the usual aches and pains we will all have forever but feel fortunate for the most part. a little advice….if you smoke quit! the dr told me i wouldnt heal if i didnt so i did and i know people who didnt and have nothing but trouble. even if it is just until the fusion is fully done. (about 4 months). another thing is, my dr told me to get off my but and walk 5-7 miles a day. i had a brace from my upper chest to my butt and it wasnt comfortable but i go out and walked and walked and low and behold, i was getting stronger everyday. it not only helps keep the blood pumping but it also helps to improve and strengthen the back and posture. Thanks to the dr. that i had, i am able to do everything i could before surgery, maybe even more now that i dont have to worry about throwing a disc out. i had a discectomy in 1997 and it was a waste of time since the recurrence rate is about 80%. I feel for those who can not get any relief of pain. I think that it makes a difference who the dr. is also. Be very cautious when chosing a surgeon because if one messes it up another one will not even touch you. My dr was the best and i did extensive research so please choose wisely. You only have one back and one shot at getting it right. good luck to all!

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    are you sure that he doesnt have a rotator cuff injury also? sometimes they go hand in hand and it is very painful.

  48. By Acsl on Mar 27, 2009

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    read down i posted a reply let me know if you need any more info ok good luck and i hope you have a good neurosurgeon.

  49. By James on Mar 29, 2009

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    I am a 30 year old Vet. Who has had two back surgeries before the age of 25 (L5-S1). As of May 2007 my MRI reveals that I have a pinched nerve in my L5-S1. Over the past month I have dealt with numbness, shooting pain, loss of all motor functions, and tingling in my toes. I go to the VA in Houston Texas and its aparent that I have to have a 3rd back surgery.If anyone has dealt with any good nurosergeons with the VA or Cilvians that will actually help to make my problem better. Please advise me.
    Thank You
    A Concerned Vet.

  50. By Don on Mar 29, 2009

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    Thanks Dave for the info. I recently had another MRI,and the only changes was a Tarlov Cyst found on L2. I am currently discussing the situation with my doctor. Thanks again.

    Don

  51. By Brandi Beck on Apr 13, 2009

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    wow i’m the youngest one on here i have buldging disks in L4 and L5. my doctor is sending me to a surgen to talk to. his name is dr. mangles..yeah some name for a back doctor!! i need advice on if i should attempt surgery or not!!

  52. By Lorraine Julia on Apr 14, 2009

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    I have had pain for more than 5 years now and finally my Dr. found herniated discs at C3, C4, C5, & C6. All this time my arms have been painfully numb. I can’t make a fist, brush my hair, write, cook, or most any basic stuff around the house. I am a single mom to a 6, 16, and 18 year old as well as a new Grandmom all depended on me. This is a problem for me since I really don’t have anyone to help me, I was the one helping everyone else. Has anyone had treatment for this kind of problem? I am willing to go to surgery just to get it all done with. I know i can regain my strength in recovery but I wonder if it’s what i should go for before anything else. Please help me with any advise.
    Sincerely Lorraine.

  53. By Katherine

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    I fell in October 2008 and have found out that I have a herniated disc in the cervical spine at 3, 4, 5 and 6. The doctors just told me that I have to live with the pain that I am in for the rest of my life. Is there anything that can be done where I can stop taking pain killers and other drugs. I am not a person to take pills. I have done the physical therapy and it has not worked and I have also done the cortisone shots and they have not helped either. I would like to find out what can be done and get it done.

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    Hi hs anyone gotten an electric stimulater that is inserted into back and you have a remote control that when you feel pain in legs you press button and it stimulates the nerves. during the surgery they programmed the software for my case. thank you

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    Wow! There sure are a lot of hurting people in this life.I have been unable to drive or lift anything for over 2 years.I have so much bone on bone grinding in my shoulders and cervical spine that my ribs have started to dislocate from my sternum.I got approved for SSDI on my second try.I finally got my doctor to fill out a report stating how much limitation, atrophy and pain I have and a nletter from my boss stating how much they tried to accomodate me and from my wife etc. I still try to help out at church with the kids and study the Bible each day for inspiration, strength and hope beyond this life.I use ice EVERY day and nite to help with inflamation and pain naturally as any anti inflamatory drug is intollerable with all the cartilage damage.Now i’m dealing with lower disk damage and can barely walk.I have a 6 yr old boy I can’t do anything with and a shadow of a life I once lived. All I can say is to put your trust in Jesus for this life and eternity ever after.Believe in His resurrection and keep praying for His Grace to get you through each day, one minute at a time. If I have a few minutes of feeling ok (between 2-5 on my pain scale)then I try to rejoice in that moment and reflect upon the goodness of God and then find a way to reach out and encourage someone or send a note or something to give another person a lift.I am in so much pain and have almost nothing in my life that has not been severly limited by these struggles…but I’m not on any meds and I’n not depressed all thanks to the goodness, grace and love of my Lord Jesus.Start with His resurrection, read His Word and go forth each day from there.

  56. By Leia Brown on Jun 23, 2009

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    Hi, I’m Leia. About a month ago, I was diagnosed with two fractures with a bulging disc between the two. I have been to three doctors (family, orthopedic, and neurologist) over the past month. Next month, I go to a pain management specialist. I was in three car wrecks within a year when between the ages of 18 and 19, and I’m now almost 43. I have back pain ever since then. I’ve been to the doctor several times off and on over the years, had injections, and medication. However, the pain was always around my left should blade and kneck. Now, it’s on my spine and around where my bra rests. i’ve had 11 surgeries in my life varying from a tonsilectomy, four lumpectomies, two c-sections and a few others, so I’m used to pain. This is so much worse than I’ve ever felt before. I can’t sit or stand for more than a few minutes without being in tears. Before I started taking Lyrica, I was ready to be admitted to a mental hospital. I just don’t want to be on medication for the rest of my life. I did go a few days at different times without taking my second dose (150 mg) hoping the pain would just go away and never come back, but I was wrong. It came back with a vengence. I start back teaching the first of August and pray the pain management doctor will be able to offer me something that will be a cure all.
    I wish all of you the best of luck. I just pray I’m not on Lyrica and Percacet for the rest of my life.

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    Leia,
    I hope you get to experience some relief somehow. Maybe an epidural or the right meds to give your mind and body a break from the torment. It would be nice for you to be able to have some normal function restored. Please let us know what happens. May God grant you the help and healing you need.

  58. By Max on Jul 8, 2009

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    Have large disc lesion on right side of c5/6. Caused by in my mind overworking shoulders on industrial sewing machines. Currently waiting to see a neuro sergeon and taking oral predisone. Have had to stop working and rest, have been taking pain meds frequently. Cervial traction relieves the pressure but is only a short term remedy. Do not want to have surgery however if it is the only option I will not hesitate to go ahead to fix the problem. Have numbness in left hand and pain on right side of neck and right shoulder radiating down right arm. muscles around right shoulder blade spasms with use and muscles at the base of the skull on right side knots and spasms frequently even when just walking. Thanks

  59. By Rachel on Jul 11, 2009

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    Hi leia,

    I saw a pain management dr a few years back and didn’t have much luck with him his thoughts was that i was just some sort of prescribed junkie, that was before he looked at the scans that show i have a deterating prolapsed disc at the t8-t9 level. but he did come up with an option of freezing the nerves around the site of the pain to at least give me some kind of a break. i think the technical term is a faucet joint injection. i didn’t have it done as he wouldn’t tell me the risks of the procedure. in fact he would answer any of my questions at any of the visits that i saw him. but any way it may be something you could ask your pain management Dr about. i’m seeing a new surgeon in just over a month to see if he can help me i have been living with my back problems after i was crushed in a ton of fridge just over 6 years ago. they are looking at seeing if a costotransversectomy will work for me in helping the problems that i have. i’m sick of not having a life and the little of the one i do is just riddled by pain. i hope that i may have given you some useful infomation that might help you

  60. By frank on Jul 13, 2009

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    I have four bulging discs , hurt at work
    the pain is to much isnt it people?
    I will be praying us all ; take care if you
    can God bless

  61. By Karen on Jul 14, 2009

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    I have a L6 (extra lumbar vertebra) that began to cause me pain. My Chiropractor who was caring for my neck treated me for pain that I began having in my lower back. He did adjustments and had me wear a belt around my hips. Many visits later the pain was gone most days. I used a pillow to sit on at work and was pain free for many months. I then had a car accident where I was hit head on. My lower back was in pain the instant the truck hit me and 6 months later I am still in pain. MRI revealed a bulging disc but the dr said not enough to be causing the pain. The pain I feel is the same as before the accident, but the chiropractor can not relieve it this time and the Neuro & Orthos both say it is not the disc therefore surgery would not help. HELP! I keep reading that the 6th vertebra can not cause this pain, but I tell you it is.

  62. By trACEY LEWIS on Aug 27, 2009

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    Hi All you long suffering people

    I was diagnosed with a lower disc herniation which is impinging on the nerve with a torn disc above it. Had two private consultations one saying there is nothing he can do as I am too young for an op. The other one said the same but said I had spinal stenosis and that an operation would leave me a cripple. Great. I had sciatica for 2 and a half months which thank god its gone. I still have lower back pain and muscle cramps feels like like lower back is jammed up.
    What I would love to know is has anyone had any positive outcomes. I have looked on the internet and all you hear about a negative outcome and no positive. There must be somebody with a positive outcome. Take care all I know what your all going through its hell.

  63. By Rachel on Aug 27, 2009

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    Hi Tracey Lewis,

    I don’t know how old you are but i have met other people that have disc herniations in and around your level, one girl had her 19th birthday the day before her surgery to fix it here in the royal Adelaide hospital, Australia. so your dr’s are wrong it shouldn’t matter your age if there is a way to fix it. i’m not sure where you live but found a great neuro surgeon in Perth Australia his name is email popovic and he has some great new techniques in fixing old problems that previously couldn’t be fix. they still can’t fix mine as they aren’t really sure whats happening to be able to fix it, i saw Dr popovic 3 weeks ago and unlike a lot of other dr’s that i have seen his straight down the line and no bullshit or sugar coating. i’m sure like everyone else on this site the are sick to death of being told no, i won’t take that answer any more and have only gotten to where i am because i wont take it there are thousands or dr’s out there most will say no but if you fight long enough someone will take another look. its how i got to see dr popovic, i emailed him personally and he was willing enough to sit and talk to me and have a look at my case i’m sure you will find one where ever you are too don’t give up there are advances all the time
    good luck with everything and wish you all the best
    regards
    Rachel

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    I had a herniation at L-5 S-1 3 years ago. I seen a Dr. at a pain clinic for 3 injections and so far, no more unbearable pains down the right leg. 2 weeks ago, found out I have a herniation at C-5 C-6. I’m so depressed. I don’t know what to do with work, sex, ADL’s, etc. Why do we all have to keep working when we can’t stand, lye down, be intimate, or even rake the lawn like we used to. It is ridiculous. I am only 36 years old going on 80.

  65. By Lorri Vore

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    I know the feeling… I had two major back surgeries L5-S1 and one neck surgery C4-C5 in 2004. Another neck C5-C6 & C6-T1 in 2006 and then in 2007 had shoulder surgery. Then a week ago August 31st had another back L4-L5 surgery. I have been threw all the injections and they had not helped me. I also suffer from depression dut to the fact that i can’t do anything and more. I fought workmans comp. for years and now fighting Social Security Dissability, my third time around. I was approved the first time around and then had to reapply then was denied. I just reapplied again, and waiting. I was forced to go back to work in July 2008 because I couldn’t get any help from family, welfare or anyone. I believe that is what caused my third lower back surgery.. I’m disscusted, and they wonder why people are suffering from depression.

  66. By Lorri

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    When will I be able to get the help I need? When will everyone get what they deserve, a quality of life?

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    I cannot believe everything I’m reading! I was just diagnosed w/severe left lateral L4-L5 disc herniation. I first saw my GP who did the MRI. She then sent me to the pain management clinic and then saw a neurosurgeon. I am a nurse, and cannot perform my job at this time. The pain is beyond belief. I cannot stand for more than a few minutes. The pain is in my lower back and goes down my left leg. The neurosurgeon wanted me to try the injections first. I am on lots of meds, neurontin, elavil, oxycontin, percocet. I got my first injection the other day. I felt so much better at first. But as soon as I tried to go to a store, the walking set me right back. I spent the entire next day in bed and feel better now. I get my next injection in 3 weeks. So, I am using all my sick and vacation hours, pain management doc said I’d be out 3 months, and then if the injections fail, the neuro surgeon said he’d do surgery and I’d be out another 4 months. I don’t know about anyone else, but I wish I had the luxury of not working for 7 months. I’m afraid my job will be given away, and worse then that, I’m afraid I’ll never be able to work as a nurse again. The job requires constant lifting, bending, pushing, pulling. All of which, of course, I cannot do. Not to mention the bills keep on coming. My life has come to a stop, but the world hasn’t! No wonder we are all depressed. It does help to know I’m not alone after reading all of your stories. I was told maybe 3 injections might be enough to help me, but I feel like this is just a stop-gap measure to delay the inevitable: surgery. So why don’t they just do it? I don’t want surgery, but I also could already be recovering from it, instead of wasting 3 months getting shots. I don’t understand why we all have the same stories to tell, like all the doctors giving us the runaround. OK, I’ve said enough, good luck all.

  68. By eva on Nov 1, 2009

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    hi Cheryl my man went throw the same shit he had the shots 3 times and did not help its only a short fixs but now he was fixed on monday and he is in so much pain i dont know what to do please just try not to have them open u up unless u have to they cut him from the frount and the cut is over 12in long and like u he is on alot of meds and i was layed off in oct of last year and now he is not working idk what to do we have 4 kids that r still all home i just needed to vent sorry and good luck to u hope all gose good take care

  69. By Natalie on Nov 29, 2009

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    I must say, it is rather comforting finding other people that know what I am going thru. My friends and family, have NO idea. They just tell me “Oh, take some ibuprophen, you’ll feel better!!” Doesnt work that way!!! I fell down an escalator at the mall 5 yrs ago, and have not been the same since. I have always had minor back problems, but since that has happened, it has gotten SO much worse. It has taken over my life and made me so severly depressed, there are days I just want to die. I was a dancer before this, and a nanny, and always VERY active, and now, I can barely stand up for 5 mins with out my legs shaking and me crying. I have buldging disks in my lower back, on the left side. It causes my left leg to be numb pretty much 24/7, whether I am sitting, walking, standing. I have tried everything from going to a chiropractor, to accupuncture, to massage, to medicine, to heat, to ice…..nothing works! I do not know what else to do, and with no job and no insurance, I am stuck. I am going tomorrow to talk to someone about getting state funded health insurance, because all I want to do is get myself better, and get out and live my LIFE again! I am sick of being bed ridden!! I am 30 yrs old and WAY too active to be this way!! Also, (I dont know if anyone has mentioned this in here, I did not read every reply) but has anyone had this problem and been pregnant? If so, what did you do? I know there is no way you can pop a bunch of pain pills like you normally could if you were NOT pregnant. I just worry about that too, because I want to have a baby SO bad, and I do NOT want some STUPID back pain telling me I CAN’T, you know? So if anyone HAS had a buldging disk/disks while pregnant, if you could tell me what you did for treatment, that would be wonderful. Thank you all for reading and I REALLY hope you all feel better!!!

  70. By Lori on Nov 29, 2009

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    Natelie-This is Lori. Have you have any discussions with the mall where you fell? Wondering if maybe they would pick up the bill…? Also, don’t give up hope on having a baby! You’re 30, and I’d take one step at a time. How did you find out you had buldging discs? I don’t know what state you live in, but State Aid isn’t a big help here in my state. You get shoved off to other doctors, mainly until your disability becomes approved. Have you filed for disability? It takes some time, but you could get some good doctors. And in the meantime, possibly an epidural, facet injections, and the meds of course. I would think before getting pregnant right now. I’d try and get your back pain and what is wrong with it taken care of first. The weight of a baby really stresses that area of the back, and you have to consider the calcium that you will lose in your bones from the baby, even with supplements, during the pregnancy. But you very much could have a baby! Don’t give up hope! I’d try tackling your back issues first. Sometimes, after you’ve applied for disability, you can go to a hospital and get your back taken care of and it can be paid once you get your disability approval. We have a hospital in this state that will do that, and I think most states do. But there is a waitng period of 6 or 9 months that disability will not cover. Maybe get an application for disability sent in, and SSD will go from the date you filed for your waiting period (6-9 months) and then the hospital can be paid once you get approval. I’d definatly check into all your options, as ALL states are different. Maybe do a little more checking around and see what all your options are before deciding. Try and keep a positive attitude and KNOW you are not alone, OK? In my case, when my left leg started going numb and tingling they did not hesitate about having a surgery. Of course, that was nine years ago, so I can only go by that. Plus, get a SECOND OPINION! My surgery was done on the wrong disc and no one in 9 years mentioned the fact that the scar was in the wrong area! And they can’t figure out what was done to my L4-5, which is where the problem is, and now my entire spine is full of DDD and affecting my breathing now. I won’t go into the rest of what’s wrong with me here. Just don’t give up hope. THere’s real people out there who DO care!

  71. By Kelli on Dec 2, 2009

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    I had surgery on a disc in my neck in 96. Very barberic surgery. Go in yank out the disc put in a cadaver bone surgery took 4 hours put me in neck brace I wake feel like I had been turned upside down. I had not been educated about the surgery itself and the recovery time which was longer than 2 weeks that my neurosurgeon promised me. It took me a year to recover. My left hand took forever to get better and to this day I still have numbness in the tips of my fingers. So over the years I have suffered with back problems I was diagnosed with degenerative disc syndrome. In Dec. 0f 2008 I busted a disc in my lower back. Pain was replicated pain in 96 mind numbing pain to say the very least. I’d rather give birth than go through the intense pain caused by herniated discs. Well went to my family doc he put me in physical therapy and I was taking way to many vicoden daily due to pain being so severe I wanted to cut my leg off. Finally after 12 weeks of therapy insurance granted me the luxury of finally having an mri to see if the disc was herniated which of course I knew it was because of herniation in neck in 96. So I was told that surgery was probably in my future but first try lidocaine/steriod so I did and it was awesome I felt like a million bucks for the first time in years. I felt young, happy full of energy. Well I started walking and walking. I lost weight 45 pounds. I work out now 4 days a week. I can lift weights,do the elyptical for 1/2 hour, walk/jog 1 mile. I take vitamins daily. I do not smoke. Guess what? Not having surgery HOORAH! I am pain free and med free. I worked my way through it. Not an easy road but well worth the journey.

  72. By Kelli on Dec 3, 2009

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    My point is that there is hope and not everyone has to go under the knife. I had to in 96. Didnt have options or anyone to really educate me. I honestly feel better in my 40′s than I did in my 30′s. If you get injections dont do the 3 in a row. Spread them out. Most insurance will only pay for 3 a year. I am so happy that I am not having surgery. I am strong and I look so much better. I am not taking pain pills anymore.

  73. By Natalie on Dec 3, 2009

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    Well, come to find out Tuesday (after getting xrays done by a chiro last week) I have what he calls “the worst scoliosis he has ever seen”. He mentioned nothing to me of a buldging disk….he was the 1st one to actually TAKE an xray of me (well, except for the day after I fell, I went to the dr and they took xrays to make sure I did not break my tail bone) Every Dr (and even friends/family members) I have seen/talked to over the last 5 yrs have said “Yep, sounds like you have buldging disks!” But I have never been xrayed….I had scoliosis as a kid, so I dont know if this has gotten WORSE over the years, or worse from my fall…..and talking about the kids thing, yes I was more concerned w/ how to deal w/ the pain and everything, now this Dr. is telling me “I can never have kids because my spine is so crooked it is pressing the nerve that leads to my uterus” But who knows, maybe he is trying to scare me into just jumping on board w/ him…..But I DID go get a second opinion yesterday and told him what the chiro said…..I live in Illinois, and fortunetly for me, we have this service by me called “Access DuPage” (which is basically like a ‘free health care” you do not pay anything, and Dr.’s and specialists in the area donate their time for free) I signed up Monday, only problem is, it takes 4-6 wks to see if you are even ACCEPTED, and then who knows how long to get an appt. (They have to make it for you, with one of the participating Dr.’s) BUT the good part is that MY Dr. is one of the one’s they deal with, so I hopefully do not have to change!! He refered me to a spine surgeon and a physiatry dr. But I am going to have to wait til this Access DuPage thing kicks in, because that will cover it, where as if I went NOW, it would probably cost an arm and a leg…..but he wants to do another xray, and MRI, all that good stuff……so now we just play the waiting game…..

  74. By Natalie on Dec 3, 2009

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    Lori-

    No I never did talk to the mall…..I was told by a lawyer (not one that I went to, but one I ran into once) that “It was not worth it and nothing could be done” But I am thinking I may just do it anyway. I have not signed up for disability, I need to look into that possibly….I am wondering if I can get that Access DuPage like I mentioned above AND disability? I need to look into all that. If you go on disability, are you on it for LIFE? Or can you get off of it? Oh my gosh, HOW in the heck did they operate on the wrong disk???? How did you find out? Isn’t that considered malpractice??

  75. By Giovanni

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    I have had pain for more than 16 years due to herniated discs at C4, C5. I don’t trust doctors I was told that there was only 50% chance to recover from surgery. A few years back I find out T1 T2 was also herniated but attorney couldn’t not help me to have insurance cover T1 T2 my insurance will not cover surgery as there was no explanation as to how T1 T2 got herniated. They will only cover for c4 c5 so I had surgery in February 2009 because problems with my bladder nerve damaged from this condition only to not feel worse. I had a mylogram done in November 2009 and C6 c7 is also herniated. I am in pain 24/7 arms, neck and back and numbness, severe bladder pain, always running to pee and cannot pee. This year I had developed a problem with my vision and balance problems. Lorraine, I really sympathize with what you have been going through, in particular being a single mother with children. I really don’t know what would it have done if I was married or had children luckily I am single. Surgery is not always the best way to deal with such issues, But you have to make a decision as to what is best for you. Not all bodies are wire the same, surgery may help for you it did not for me in fact I feel worse than ever. So think about it and good luck to you!

  76. By Steve on Dec 7, 2009

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    I have a problem. My wife actually. She is 42 years old and walks most of the time like she is 82!! Doctors have told her that she has herniated discs in her back. Unknown what section. Her lower back, though, hurts her all the time!!! I feel so bad for her because she can hardly get up from a sitting position without my help. She says that there is nothing that can be done but I often wonder. Is there anything that can help? Is there a surgery that can alleviate this problem and where can I get informed about the risks of surgery? Please help, I would hate for my wife to have to use a wheelchair before she is 50 years old. Thank you in advance!

  77. By Darrell Satterfield on Dec 17, 2009

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    Hello i have 4 buldging disk i have done the pain pills tried therapy did pain shots and nothing is helping my left leg is starting 2 hurt and my back hurts all the time and us getting worse they say maybe surgery is there anything else i can do please help.

  78. By Larry HaasJr on Dec 18, 2009

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    eva when I read your husband was cut in the front it brought back my nightmare. In 2002 I went thur my 2nd surgery. Now I’m permanently disability for life but thank God I’m getting payed monthly. I was scheduled to go in at 7 am my doctor called me in the hospital at 6;30 am to tell me he was changing the procedure. And not to worry. Well after 6 hrs of cutting on my front side they rolled me over on the portable table and cut for 6 hrs on my back side. I later found out that there was 3 doctors cutting me I never met besides him. They put 2- 12 inch titanium rods, 6- 3 inch screws and 2 metal cages to replace the disc’s of L4-L5 & L5-S1. Than 2 months later I found out that my whole sex life was destroyed because how they hacked my front side I was 45 than 52 now, life sucks and depression is a daily struggle. I get sick of taking all the pills but the pain well its nothing new to everyone here. Oh I forgot about the TV crew that was in the room supposedly filming something new I guess. Before I went under I counted 15 ppl in the operating room talk about a circus. Well enough of my babble I pray for all that has gone thru back surgery cause a lot of ppl don’t relize the real pain we go thru life with. Thank all of you for your letters.

  79. By Keith Wooten on Dec 30, 2009

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    Three weeks ago had sore neck (left side) thought it was from falling asleep watching Monday night football. That went away after about 10 days, then days latter started getting a sore, numb feeling in my left arm. This slowly got worse, increased when sitting down in chair or driving car. Sitting on floor with legs out straight decreased pain. X-ray show, according to my doctor, degenerative disc disease. turning my neck to the right also can increase pain. Anyone else get arm pain from DDD???

  80. By Shannon Crowe on Jan 23, 2010

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    My name is Shannon Crowe I am 41 years old. I have 10 bulging disc in my back. I am in so much pain I am getting depressed. I have no control of my hands and my arms hurt so bad I cry often. I am on medication now as physical theropy did not work. My headaches all the time because of the bad disc in my neck to the point I touch the top of my head and it hurts as if I bumped it. My right legs goes numb even if I am laying flat on my bed I often fall as my legs give out. By the end of the day I can hardly walk at all. I stand up and have to really focus on moving my legs. I have always been an active person and now I am so limited. Just to do the daily house chores wear me out. I head for my bed and lay flat just to get some relief. I applied for disability but was denied. I couldn’t believe it. I can not work and now I have to go in for a swollowing test because the disc in my neck may be affecting my swollowing. The pain is so bad and I just don’t know how much more I can take. I just feel like screaming. I was told I have arthritis and degenerative disc in my lower back and neck. To even put my four year old sons winter jacket kills my back. I feel useless as a mother and wife and I feel like I am getting no where but a ton of medication which I hate taking and just trying to cope. I feel like I am 80 and I have so much to live for but unable to enjoy it. I need help I don’t know how much more I can take. It hurts to even hold my head up. I can’t even untie a twisty from a loaf of bread. I use to have beautuful hand writing now its aweful. Any advice? I sure could use some!!

  81. By Shelley on Feb 2, 2010

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    hi there. I started having back pain and pinched nerves running down both legs at age 12 yrs due to heavy lifting on a horse ranch. my father believed in working his kids like slaves and we did wood, hay, carried water for long distances for about 15 horses twice daily all winter, etc etc. I grew too fast being 5′ 6″ by 10yrs so was expected to work a full day as an adult. I had 4 kids in 5 1/2 yrs and had bulging discs through several of the pregnancies. being a nurse I would not take any meds during pregnancy so I suffered greatly with pain and only thing I found helped was ice. the last baby was nearly 10 lbs and 23 in long and I spent the last 3 months of the pregnancy packed in ice bags. I was in agony, caring for 3 children under age 4 and a disabled husband but what could I do. had to go on. walked with a cane many times, was in a wheelchair, and had 7 episodes of sciatic so bad laid on livingroom floor for up to 6 wks. I am now seeing a pain clinic and take 8 morphine pills daily. luckily narcotics do not make me sleepy and I feel like I have my life back. I am now 44 and although not a minute has gone by since age 12 without pain I am now able to get thru a day fairly well. I also take arthrotec (arthritis drug) and that works terrific. I see a wonderful chiropractor every 14 days or less and he has truly kept me out of the wheelchair. I also have severe arthritis, anklying spondolosis in my neck, bulging at L4 L5 S1 and degenerative disc disease. there is nothing really you can do during pregnancy but use heat, ice, massage, rest etc. drugs will hurt the baby so they are out. I am a nurse but have never been able to do much in the field do to back problems. Physical therapy nearly killed me it made me so bad. my chiropractor is highly against surgery as 95% of the time it makes the patient worse. he has done alot of research into back surgery and it is crazy how much worse it usually makes things and yet dr’s are sending people to the OR like mad. I have not been able to get disability yet but am just now applying for it. I have been on my husbands disability here in canada so don’t need my own but if he dies I lose all income immediately and as he has nearly died many times the dr now wants me to have my own pension just in case.
    like another man on here said, research your surgeon very very carefully before consenting to surgery and try everything else first. I was told surgery would help me but surgeon refused me due to higher weight. I researched and decided I will not have surgery. when I am good I can chain saw wood for a short time, and do most things as long as I am extremely careful. the morphine has really given me my lilfe back. I have never had an addiction problem with narcotics so that is not a worry for me. hopr this helps you some. if you do have an op and it is messed up that fellow was right another dr will be very hesitant to touch you for fear of making you worse so decision for surgery must be made with extreme caution. good luck. shelley

  82. By Shelley on Feb 2, 2010

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    hey natalie I completely agree with you. unless you have suffered from back pain you can have no idea how bad bad can get. I have suffered until I could not stand up, would fall in elevators, walking in the grocery store would turn a corner and kiss the floor not able to move. have been picked up by so many store employees and put into wheelchairs to get me to my van, have spent many months walking with two canes, having people nearly having to carry me into my house. I am the only driver with a very seriously ill disabled husband and raised 4 kids of my own and 2 for someone else for about 3 yrs so had 6 kids ages 21 months to about 11 yrs. I would be found laying in parking lots between cars, would get up to go pee at night and collapse into my closet and lay there for hours because no one woke up to my yelling to help me. have been through every kind of back pain, leg pain, you can have. anyone that knows what a cattle prod is (like an instrument to electrocute animals to make them go where you want them to) I would feel like someone shoved that inside my spinal cord at about L5 and turned in on high. waves of electrical shocks and massive pain would travel up to my neck and down both legs over and over and over. going to the toilet required me to crawl on hands and knees because I couldn’t stand without screaming, using the toilet was done while screaming in pain never mind trying to have a bowel movement. excruitating doesn’t begin to describe it. you are not alone. it is so good to find other people who share our stories but it is very sad to hear so many having the same problems. dr’s who refuse to listen, who deny care, who just want to blame everything on depression or weight. thank god I am a very happy outgoing person and just being depressed is not in my nature or I would truly feel horrible. I feel bad for all those out there that suffer from depression because it must be a horrible state to live in. my dr told me to do pilates and hire a personal trainer. on a disability pension yeah right. she totally ignored the fact that my legs were going paralyzed and I was falling down and couldn’t move. you just have to keep looking for someone to listen. I finally found a wonderful new nurse practitioner and what a difference. just no comparison. I have been given better and more care in the past 3 yrs than my whole life combined. and I would not be walking at all today without the help of my terrific chiropractor. also I use a TENS machine and that helps quite a bit. mostly you just learn to live with huge amounts of pain and get thru it the very best way you can.
    take care and good luck, shelley

  83. By Natalie on Feb 6, 2010

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    Shelley-

    Oh wow. I can say that I thankfully do not have it as bad as you do. I mean on top of the fact you have a husband, household, and kids to care for, you are in constant pain like that. I just could not imagine! I am lucky that I still live at home with my parents, and that I do not have too much I have to do, I can just kind of lay around. The thing that gets to me the most I think, is the fact that I AM young. I am 30 yrs old and I SHOULD be out, all the time, with friends, hanging out w/ family, all that. And I cant be, and that REALLY gets to me. I am WAY too active and have too much energy to be this way, you know? I ended up getting a diagnosis the other day. My L5 disk is herniated, which according to a lot of the people on here, seems like the most popular one! I was told to have surgery, BUT what I am going to do I think 1st is try physical therapy a few months and see how that helps. I am so glad, Shelley, that you found someone to help you and that you are feeling better! And it is amazing that you did not get depressed because of it, because I know that I am. My Dr. wants to put me on anti-depressants, but I told him no. I have been on them in the past, and I do not like them. So right now I have to just go day by day, and start P.T. and hopefully that will begin to help me.

  84. By shelley on Feb 9, 2010

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    hi natalie. yes you are way too young to have to feel like this. I would try everything else first before surgery. I was told by one surgeon I needed surgery but the dr to do it refused because of my weight. now they say I don’t need surgery and it is 6 yrs later so hard to know which dr to believe. do I or don’t I. I at this point will not have surgery even if they say I need it. when I am good and on the morphine I cope pretty good. when bad I am terrible and usually laying on floor for up to 6 wks but that happens maybe once every 18 months or so.. so at this time that is worth it to have the good times. I have known several people who had surgery and not only did it not help it made them worse. some have had more than one surgery and are still worse than ever. my chiropractor is highly against surgery and he has really kept me walking without being in a wheelchair so find a good one of those. now I only tried a small bit of PT and it made me way worse. even with my shoulders and arms they tried PT and it made me worse. physiotherapist had never had someone like me before who got worse with every exercise they tried with me so she got me using the TENS machine which has helped along with using morphine. I am a chronic insomniac too so I use some mild anti depressants occasionally to help me sleep because I have a high drug tolerance and most drugs for sleeping don’t work on me at all. I feel very blessed to have been born with such a positive outlook on life and with a very upbeat cheerful disposition because otherwise I would be so depressed I would never want to get out of bed. I am 44 so I too feel way to young to be this crippled up so it just makes me more determined to get out and do whatever I want to do. I am too stubborn to let my back stop me from living life. I went to an amusement park in the summer with my youngest son 17 6’4″ as he is going off to university in sept and I rode every roller coaster in the place. It took 10 morphine pills to get thru the day and I suffered for about a week afterward but man did we have fun. sometimes it is a choice you have to make to just go do whatever you need or want to do and you have to make yourself just do it and pay for it later. find a good dr who will really listen to you and your concerns. do lots of your own research and take questions, concerns, etc. to your dr in writing so you don’t leave your appt going darn I forgot to mention this, or I forgot to ask that…. this is super important. I am a nurse and when I go to my nurse practitioner she just loves me because I have everything on a paper in front of me that needs attention and we just go down my list item by item.
    I have had a herniated disk before and actually have one disc that is totally gone and no padding left so it grinds on the sciatic nerve. it hurts, alot, and badly don’t ever let anyone tell you it doesn’t or its not that bad or it is all in your head… but also don’t let it keep you from living because you will wake up say 5 yrs from now and wonder where your life went and you don’t want to feel life is passing you by without you having a chance to live it. although when you are in an acute stage laying around is all you can do, when you are not in that acute stage laying around is worst thing you can do as your muscles that hold your spine get weak and you are more likely to damage around the bad spot and suffer more pain ultimately in the long run so try and get out and do whatever you can as much as you can. really try hard to find the joy in life as much as possible and you will be surprised how much better you will feel. doesn’t stop the pain but does make it easier to deal with and focuses your mind on something else for awhile.
    hope this helps and I will try to check back here regularly if you ever need someone to talk to. shelley

  85. By Dean on Feb 17, 2010

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    I am 67, very active and in great health (however accident prone–had number of broken legs, arms, torn achilles, dislocations of shoulders, etc–high pain tolerance)Back pain I suffering from herniated disc was worse than anything else!! Had a bulging disc on right and had herniated disc on left about 5 yrs ago– it pressed on nerve and causing spasms and searing pain–No relief–in Hospital 5 days–treated with drugs–YIKES! Not a solution-exercises impossible! Finally found wonderful neuro surgeon who did micro surgery and clipped off part of disc pressing on the nerve– Operation in morning-home at 7:30 that evening in NO more pain! Amazing–he told me that exercises could help–if tolerable!–but the same thing could happen again! Minor surgery-major relief!! Why not/ —Dean

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    dont give up on social security! Its standard procedure to be denied. You need to hire a lawyer to help. Its the only way!My story is similar to
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    new treatments for back pain…cold lasar..look it up online….Im about to try it myself.

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    I am a 47 y/o nurse who doesn’t seem to be able to help herself as well as I help my patients. I have always been that way. Due to unforseen circumstances I have found myself without insurance. Sept of ’08 diagnosed with cervical DDD (noon has looked farther but i suspect damage to the Thoracic as well. I have 4 bulging discs and a hernitaed C5-6. I had the lidocaine/steroid injection which lasted a blessed year and 3 months. I had occassional pain and received physical therapy which improved my status. I paid cash as preexisting was in effect. The the unforseen happened with my husbands work and I had to go part-time and lose insurance to move out of state for a lucrative job contract. The contract was cancelled due to government military funding and I had to wait 2 months before a fulltime position was available. I quickly was promoted and given a raise. I didn’t feel the need to hurry and obtain or keep insurance because the epidural worked so well and I was sure when I needed another injection I could again pay cash. My insurance was to resume march 7. At 4:30am on Jan. 14 my body flew out of the bed in severe pain, hunched over and hitting my left arm, screaming for someone to do something. I was at my PCP when the doors open. I had to find my trusty TENS to assist me. Turn it on full blast. The Dr. came into the room and said that it seems the problems have once again reared it’s ugly head. He gave me percocet, one 3 times a day, steroid in buttocks and pills to ween down the steroids, and come back in a week. Well, I don’t think he has ever had any pain at all. When I went back the next week I was aking for a referral to obtain another injection. Simple right? I’m not looking for surgery at this stage as the injection was effective and could buy me
    several years before cutting. The Dr came into the exam room and asked me how many percocet I had left. I told him,(I wish I could lie well but I can’t so I just tell the truth which does not always benefit me), I had 4 left. He gave me 30 and I should have had 9 left.I told him the first few days I needed more relief and took an extra percocet for the first few days. He became angered. When I asked about the referral my Dr. said “You deserve to feel this pain because you do not have insurance.” He looked me in the eye and gave me a Rx for lortab, one twice a day,with no refills and an appointment for April. I was crushed. What did I do to him? Last time in 2008 I was given a 24 hour morphine with percocet for breakthrough, Parafon Forte, Ultram, Lyrica while waiting for the appt for my first injection. As I
    was medicated I could continue to work as a Director of nurses in a nursing home. This time is a completely opposite experience. I picked up the phone and called the old pain mngmt Dr. he now only takes “commercial insurance”. I asked everyone, called many Dr.’s and received the same response, “we only accept commercial insurance”. I have the cash in full. I owe no Dr. bills. Obamacare in the scary phase. I wish they would complete healthcare or shelve it. The Dr.’s are running for fear not being able to receive 40% over cost by the insurance companies. I went to communtiy health and was given a Dr. I was sure did not understand English. My concerns were validated when the nurse called and said for $448 he is sending me to a pain specialist who prescribes only Lortab?!? I don’t want pills, I want the injection! NOW! Can’t you see me crying? Can’t you see I can’t lift my left arm? Can’t you see how the pain has increased my blood pressure and my pulse? What is the matter with you? I got back into the yellow pages and started calling. I found a clinic that accept cash payments. YEAH! With a possible healthcare bill looming the physicians are quickly and selfishly protecting themselves from possible reform. I continued to work as a clinical coordinator of a home health agency. Now that was an experience I barely recall due to the foggy mind and the intense constant pain. After 2 weeks and no releif in sight I took two weeks off to tend to my pain. Because I had just recently promoted I was replaced and no future insurance with this company. I could come back and work part-time with no benefits. I worked for this company for over a year and was a good employee as my exit interview stated. I had an injection Feb 12, last Friday. I was injected in three different spots and could hear the crackling of bone as the Dr. guided the needle between vertebrae. Not even enough room in there for a needle to pass between. I so appreciate this Dr. but what is it with the 30 second tour? Beggers can’t be choosers. I felt better Saturday morning but as night-time came the pain increased. I was sure the injection would work I even put up the TENS unit. By monday morning the pain had come back approximately 60-70%. I gave my resignation as I am unable to do house visits or make it sitting up for more than 2 hours. My mind gets so foggy with the pain I find it difficult to get what is in my head onto paper. Besides I cannot wait another 3 months for insurance. I go for another injection Wed. the 24th. I just need to go to work on an 11-7 shift in a hospital and my ins. starts the first day. I promise I won’t be any trouble. I’ll be quiet. Just DO something. They say I need complete cervical fusion. Can that be done outpatient? I often day-dream the part in the movie ‘Psycho’, with full audio effects, when he is stabbing her in the shower. I would open the curtain so as to not make any mistakes, paint a target on my back and he can go to town. Drill a hole and pull the nerve out. I have complete numbness of 4 out of 5 fingers on my left hand. I can’t eat, sleep, be hugged, snuggled. I feel worthless. If this next shot doesn’t take I’ll file disability, obtain Medicaid, wait on a year-long waiting list and have the surgery. I am also bi-polar with anxiety disorder. A blow like this could wind me back in the hospital. I take full responsibility for my disorder and use behavior modification with occassional rounds of medication during an acute phase. If I was my own patient this @*&! would never happen. Come on Dr.’s, remember you once were young and merciful. I’m noone special, just a hard-working mom doing her best to care for others and make a difference. Maybe I should become a singer, actor, high-profile sports player, millionare..then this situation would be
    completely different because then I would be important.

  89. By pam on Feb 21, 2010

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    I am awaiting Back surgery, and the pain in my body I wish on nobody. You are absolutely right when it comes to the Doctor’s misunderstanding your feelings completely… I am 46 and they look at me as though I am seeking pain killers, in a sense I will go to just about any lengths to ease the leg pain, on top of dealing with fibromyalia and cant take the meds for that, you would think the Dr’s would have a little more understanding…. Well good luck to you! I hope you find a good Doctor…

  90. By Tommy on Feb 22, 2010

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    This is my first blog. But I need to share my experiences for the last 9 years. I am 57 yrs old, I have avoided surgery. In 2001 I experienced the sciatica pain that many of you know – pain so bad I could not stand or sit. I couldn’t go to a Neurosurgeons office because I couldn’t stand or walk. After about 2 weeks I was able to see a neurosurgeon. The sciatica was still excruciatingly painful. I also had drop foot (could not lift the ball of my right foot or lift my toes). It took about 2 years to nearly elliminate the foot drop. In 2004 I had another episode – but no foot drop. 2008 another episode with foot drop. Again it took about 1 year to nearly elliminate the foot drop (I assume the numbness in my foot is permanent). I’ve learned that I can not sit on a hard chair for more than ~ 20 minutes, especially if I lean forward while sitting. 2010 another episode, again from sitting.
    My solutions:
    Ihad an MRI in 2001 & began to understand what I was up against – what nerves & physical abnormalities create what symptoms. My L4/L5 disc is badly herniated & the othe lumbar disks are bulged. After sitting, like I know I shouldn’t, on the first or second morning after sitting the back pain is so bad I can’t get out of bed. If I don’t resolve it in a couple weeks (take it very easy- epidural shots from a good radiologist, Ibuprofin as much as 1800 mg/day & ice often)the pain will go down my right leg & cause many nerve zaps in my lower leg, cramping, muscle spasms, & more foot numbness.
    I learned when to take it very easy and when it’s time to strengthen – Physical Therapy, or I swim 1-2 times/wk & use Nautilus. I keep it as strong as I can. Deep tissue massage can also reduce the leg cramps significantly.
    I still consider surgery (right lateral laminectomy discectomy) – I want to sit relaxed, but I am concerned surgery may not turn out well like the many experiences on this Blog site.

  91. By Shelley on Mar 2, 2010

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    gee Constance that is ridiculous that you as a health care professional are having to go through this kind of pain and nonsense. really that anybody should have to go through this. if you read my previous blogs you can see what I have gone through with dr’s and they mostly suck. NOONE who has not had this kind of back pain can possibly understand how bad it can be and then when they dismiss it as not too bad or don’t want to give us pain meds it is so frustrating. I am a Canadian and I thank god every day that we have FREE health care for everyone here. We can go to the dr, any dr of our choice and get good care. Now of course like anywhere we have good drs and bad ones. if we get a bad one we have the choice to fire them and request a new specialist from our family physician which is wonderful. I feel very bad for american citizens that have to pay for insurance especially as hundreds of thousands can’t afford it so they end up in situations like yours. then your insurance only pays for so much, then it limits which dr’s you can see etc which is horrible esp if you don’t like the dr but get stuck with him or her. I think all people deserve free health care and it shouldn’t be based on how much money you make since the economy is so bad and many people are out of work. as well you have many disabled/ handicapped that may be able to work just enough to not qualify for medicare but not enough to be able to afford insurance. I have heard of school teachers in the usa not earning enough to afford insurance making about $24,000 per year. Our canadian teachers make a killing up here earning anywhere up to $100,000 for teaching in a college and possibly $75,000 in a public or high school so much different. then they are allowed to file for unemployment insurance benefits through the summer when they are off work which I think is crazy when they earn that much money in 9 months and get 3 months holidays.
    I sure hope you can get this resolved. at least you had the cash for payment when so many don’t have that choice either. it is terrible that you had to give up your job when you just got a promotion. I sure hope that this next injection helps you better. getting 15 months pain relief from a needle is incredible. I don’t know if we have that kind of treatment up here. most often they want to do surgery which most of in my research doesn’t work and makes people worse. it is so hard to know what to do since everyone is different and what works for one doesn’t work for another. all you can do is research every choice and then make the best possible decision you can make at the time. good luck and keeps us posted.
    hope you feel better soon and at least can get past the foggy pain part. take care, shelley

  92. By Wendy

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    I was diagnosed w/three bulging cervical discs in Jan (c-5, c-6, c-7). I’ve had back/neck pain off an on since 2004 and thought it was from carrying too much weight from many special events. The pain would flare up from time to time when I would overdo it. In December ’09, the pain started again. I had thought it would subside like always, but about a week later I had numbness in my right fingertips. The MRI revealed the bulging discs. Since PT did not work in the past, I was advised to try two rounds of oral steroids (no relief) followed by three epidural steroid injections (only had two since they did not provide any relief). I have now been referred to a neurosurgeon. Has anyone had this type of surgery? What is the recovery time? Is it effective to relieving the pain?
    I’ve barely worked since the beginning of the year. Driving, sitting at my computer all day, etc., all increases the pain. I was given vicodin this week for pain. In order to go to work for part of the day, I am taking three vicodin a day to make it through and in more pain than just staying home.
    I was hospitalized last March after having a migraine constantly for more than 6 months. I now take cymbalta to keep the migraines from occurring so often. I now wonder if the migraines are somehow connected to the bulging discs.?
    Also, have a concern over the scarring….how large are they? My son is getting married in Sept. and I am really hoping my surgery can be done from the back to avoid having an ugly scar on my neck in wedding photos.
    Thanks for any comments.

  93. By JC Courtney on Jun 9, 2010

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    I am 37 years old, an oilfield worker from Texas. At the age of 15, went to work on my first drilling rig. Everything was bigger, and heavier than me at that age! After years of use and abuse to my body, by the time I was 18,I was already going to chiropractors. I had pain running down my left leg, and lower back. For 17 more years, I just delt with it. At 35, found a DR. who put me on traction- pulled me apart from shoulders to waist. That felt good for a few days, then pain all over again. At this point, my pain had greatly worsened. Started with hundreds of pain pils: Lortab to Oxycontin. At one point. I was taking 15 pills a day. Went to a differant DR. We did the back injections. The first series was great.. Lasted for a couple weeks while taking Morphine, and Norco. Second set of shots the DR. hit the nerve in my back with the needle and made my left foot twist. Needless to say, was done with him. Well it was now time to talk to about surgery. Surgery on L5-S1. Lamanectomy. DR said I really needed a fusion after cutting me open. NO THANKS, was still hurting. Back on the pills. 8 months later, I was on my way to Dayton Ohio for a laser surgery on the same area L5-S1. While they were inside of me, they said I had BAD scar tissue, but they got it cleaned up. Walked out of the hospital that same day. No more pills, and felt great. That great feeling lasted about 6 months. Shucks. back to pills.. Went back to the first DR. and we did a 2 level fusion on L4-L5 that lasted 5 hours and tons of scar tissue. Dec. 2 2009. Back to work in Feb. 2010, and hurt worse today than I did 18 years ago. It’s terrible, bout ready to just give up. 4-5 Oxycodone a day, and still in severe pain everyday of my life. What Gives?? Still am able to maintain a great oilfield job as a Production Foreman, but dont know how long I can live like this. Could I file for disability? Wish there was something someone could do. Back pain is like a disease. God Bless Us!!!!

  94. By andrea on Jun 12, 2010

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    I feel for you…I am in the same boat….sleepless nights..depressed..my husband thinks this is a joke.MISERY..MRIS EPIDURALS..PILLS..PAIN..I FEEL AS IF LIFE IS PASSING ME BY..I AM 50 YRS. OLD CAN’T WORK..I THOUGHT MAYBE SHARING MIGHT HELP….AM I CERTIFIABLE?HAHA

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    Linda, just wondering if you have had the cold laser procedure done by now and how you are doing since it was done. Did your insurance balk at this new procedure? I hope this has helped you! This would be an answer to prayer for me as well as others if it has worked for you! Please let us know! (Perhaps you have already commented on this further down in these posts, forgive me if you have!)

    Thanks and wishing you well from Bullard, Texas.

  96. By leroy on Aug 5, 2010

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    My back hurts l-5 s-1 herniated to the left go to psychical therapy 3 times a week have had 2 steroid injections the neurosurgeon says im not a candidate for surgery at this time hurt my back at work 4 months ago no relief take 6 vicodin a day what should i do any help please

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    I’ve always had lower back pain doing heavy lifting, (doing correct lifting tech.) I am 23 years old and finally went to my Doc. He did a request of a MRI on my lower back which revealed a L4-L5 herniation in my disc. I go back and see him on monday to discuss all my options on what i could do. Right now i am currently on Norco 5/325 due to surgery on both of my feet which i take 3 times daily. and now due to my herniated disc i am on Somas. Now finding the herniated disc neither one is really helping my pain. Everytime i sneeze or cough or do any slight bending in my back i get a sharp pain in my back which shoot pain all the way down my left leg to my ankle. Is there anything else i can do or take that helps the pain better? I am really not looking towards surgery right now. But i am pretty young and dont know what all my options are. PLEASE let me know something

  98. By Malcolm on Aug 7, 2010

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    Boy oh boy there are some terrible stories here aren’t there – people so young facing a lifetime of pain and reduced mobility. Here in Australia we have a whole lot of rules about what lifting people are allowed to do at work – many professions have a limit of lifting say 5Kg without using a mechanical hoist. That’s OK for them of course but those rules only protect certain professions or jobs. I am a recently retired farmer, and how all we farmers snigger with derision when we hear that storement can no longer lift more than a few Kilos. Well guess who has the last laugh. When I was about 45 I had a bulged disc, L4/L5 I think it was, and had to have 6 weeks bed rest. Hard to do but I obeyed the doc and had no more trouble until this year, when L5/S1 gave out, not jus herniated but completely disintegrated. Bone on bone it was not fun at all, but eventually I had a cage fusion, and that was 7 weeks ago now, but the pain is less (still taking some meds for that) and mobility gets better every day. At my age (65) perhaps there are some things I will never do again (like snowboarding; maybe motorcycle touring) but life is looking OK in the future for me. Hope all the others on this site find some relief because as I know all too well, living with pain is scarcely even living.

  99. By Joe on Aug 28, 2010

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    I had steriods injected via epidermal at a pain clinic. 3 sets of injections about 2 weeks apart per treatment. Pain gone, no pain pills. However I still have mild tingling and numbness in my thumb and adjacent finger of my left hand. I’m using an inversion table to see if I can beat that, if not, so what because nothing compares to the pain I had.

  100. By Sara on Oct 3, 2010

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    I am 31 and had my first back surgery when I was 26. I had a herniated disc and the cut the disc off so it was not pushing on the sciatica. Up until 6 months ago I was doing great, experiencing a little stiffness and pain, but it would go away the more I exercised. The same disc has now herniated again. I have been attending physical therapy for 6 weeks now with no relief. Tomorrow is my last appointment and they will reasses me to see if I should continue. I go back to the neurosurgeon in November, but he has indicated that I would need a fusion to take care of this problem. I do not want to do this as I am so young yet and we have not started our family. I just wondered if anyone else had any similar stories or alternatives. We have just recently purchased an inversion table. I have been using it but not sure if the theraphy or the table are causing me more pain. Currently 3 ibuprofen tablets every 6 hours takes away the pain.

  101. By JC Courtney on Oct 13, 2010

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    Sara, one can only speak for themself. If you have read my story, you might think twice on that fusion. Since I last posted, i have talked to several people on ” Bad Backs ” One guy did mention that a Surgeon wrapped a cage around his herniation, and that was 12 years ago. He said he has never hurt again. Wish i would have done a lot more investigating before i was fused. I SWEAR, I regret it so much.. I have NO life. But, like I said, everyone is differant. What might not work for one person, may just help another. Just Remember, Fusion is is permanant, no second chances!!! Look at all of your options. My Dr told me that fusion would fix me too. YEAH RIGHT… Thats how they make thier money, cutting people open, and putting those 50k plus screws, and rods in you. Told my wife to cremate me, and put my hardware on E-Bay!!!! God Bless All

  102. By Terry on Dec 13, 2010

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    I was diagnosed with a fairly large herniated disc in L3 by my chiropractor last week after he reviewed my MRI. Actually he told me 1 wk prior that he thought I had a herniated disc as I had all the signs. So he ordered the MRi. My chiroprator has treated me with decompression therapy and I have had only 2 treatments so far, I will receive my 3rd treatment tomorrow and the 4th on Thursday. When I first saw my chiropractor a couple of weeks ago, I could barely walk, sit, stand or bend over without having excruiating pain in my back and having it go down my left leg. Just after 2 decompression therapy treatments I am able to get around better and my pain level has gone from a 10+ down to a 6. Before starting the decompression therapy I would wake up in the middle of the night in misery & would have excruiating pain in my lower back and in my leg. Now I am able to sleep through the night and I only take the anti-flammatory and a muscle relaxer. I have not taken any other pain meds since the weekend. He told me that time will tell but he thinks the disc may be able to slide back in place with the decompression. I spoke to a friend of mine who is in family medicine and he said that he is a firm believer in the decompression therapy. The nice thing about it, it does not hurt.

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    can you recive any kind of benifits from ssd for a slip disc

  104. By Ashley M. on Jul 13, 2011

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    I am 23 years old and have been dealing with constant back and leg pain since 2006. I fought for (and won) Social Security Disability and have been recently seeing doctors for my problems. My specialist ordered an MRI about a month ago and found 2 herniations. One mild, the other moderate. I have also been diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease and narrowing of the discs. I have been in so much pain that all I can do is lay here and cry some days. I try to be active by walking my dog for 30-45 minutes a few days of the week, but I always end up in bed for a few days afterwards. I have tried the epidural cortisone shots, Neurontin, and Lyrica and nothing has helped. I see my chiropractor religiously. The doctor has finally agreed to let me see a surgeon and has set up the paperwork. Now, I am trying to find out as much information as possible about the surgery and what is required after the surgery so I am well informed before I even see the surgeon. I’m scared that he will deny me the surgery due to age or weight because I do not think I can bear this pain any longer. If anyone has any information on surgery in the lumbar region for herniated discs, I am interested in the recovery. I want to know how bad it hurts after the surgery, how long it took for you to feel some relief, what activities you are allowed to resume immediately after surgery, and if there are any special requirements that you have for after care. I know I am very young for these problems, and I feel like I am missing my life because of immobility. Any help is appreciated!

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