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L5s1 herniated disk pain

Started by BlueQuasar67 on 05/07/2018 5:59am

Hello, it's been over 20 yrs since I've had my diskectomy I guess that's how you spell it, anyone choosing to do the surgery and has your doc tell you you're going to be a new man/woman don't listen to them I've had nothing but problems/issues with my back after surgery. Pain meds help a lil bit, but lyrica has helped more. I've had several injections over the yrs mine was L5s1, to make a long story short, I was first told it was a muscle strain so needless to say I was sent to PT lifting weights and such, you know your body and if something doesn't feel right or everything makes it worse, yes I still have back pain yes it goes down my right leg and calf, I've even had my sciatica nerve kick in before, very very excruciating pain, I just had another injection about 4 days ago, well it helped for a couple of days but it's worse now than when I went in to have injection. Please take some advice, ask lots of questions, get 2nd and 3rd opinions and be ready to take it easy for the rest of your life, be careful when u lift stuff and by all means you only have one back, take care of it.

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Hi Bluequasar67,
I'm sorry to hear that you are in pain and surgery didn't help any. I have had a L5 S1 herniated disc (left side) since 2012 but after some physical therapy and out on disability for a month I was fine. Over the years I had flare ups but none that required absence from work or continuous therapy. However, in July 2017 I had a flare up and went to a chiropractor for therapy. It was working and I started feeling good again but in January 2018 I had another flare up this time with nerve compression. My chiropractor did spinal adjustments, spinal decompression, accupuncture, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, hot/cold therapy on me and I wouldn't respond to those therapies. I can't sit for longer than 2 minutes or stand/walk for more than five and can only sleep somewhat peacefully only on my right side with pillows everywhere. I'm still in pain after being on 6 weeks bed rest. The bed rest didn't help any. My chiropractor suggest that I see a neurosurgeon for another opinion because she can't do nothing else for me. I'm going to see a neurosurgeon on 5/24/18 but at this point I'm not contemplating surgery. I'm just going for the opinion once he reviews my MRI, Xray and CT Scan. I'm researching more and more on alternatives and natural pain remedies. I won't take any prescribed meds because those will only damage my already healthy organs. Did you try other conventional methods before deciding surgery? If so how long was it before you decided surgery?