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bulging disc l5/s1and 3 torn discs?

Can anyone please help me or give me some suggestions on how to help above problem….I have had a bulging disc, 3 torn discs and sciatica since end of july…the sciatica is no longer going down my leg its just in back and buttocks…i have had physio, seen surgeon who has given me facet joint injections and nerve root block which hasn’t helped, meant to be having an epidural tomorrow…had 2 mri’s within 2 weeks which have shown the bulging disc is slightly worse but they still wont operate as no pan in legs anymore…on more pain killers that reckon im rattling!! been told this could go on for months still and all they are going to do is try manage the pain…has anyone had the epidural and has it worked for u? Feel like im going mad now.

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  • Rose says:

    Found these great boards doing research in the middle of the night as I cannot sleep because of pain and find myself up at all hours….I just had a discogram (last Friday) after living in pain for 1 1/2 years. I was run through the track of PT courses, NSAIDS, 2 epidural injections, myelogram, doctor’s telling me I might have to “live with it” etc etc. I am 27 years old. Finally, the discogram showed a “leak” or tear at L5/S1 and I thankfully got my “diagnosis.” The only questions is what to do about it. The Ortho surgeon who did my discogram wants me to try IDET although he would not recommend it to most people, so he said. Insurance doesn’t cover this procedure either (I already checked) so I want to hear more about it before I think about it. Also, does anyone know how much it costs?? I have to do something and ironically enough fusion IS covered and would rather have that done as it usually works and I hear IDET takes a while to even see if it works.

    Just frustrated and don’t know what to do and was wondering if anyone out there had a positive or negative experience with the IDET for a torn disc??? Just would like to hear something!

    April 15, 2014 at 3:18 am
  • lori says:

    ah l5/s1 i put up with those 2 bulging disks for nearly 2 years! i had a car crash in which the car flipped and they thought i fractured my spine but cleared me, 2 months later the pain began in my bum, left thigh and leg down to toes, .. i started off going to gp who gave me meds, didn’t help, sent me to physio-wouldn’t risk anything touching me, had mri, sent to neurosurgeon then he went through the same stuff more meds, had a nerve-block worst mistake ever! developed sciatica in right leg because of it way worse than the left ever was, neurosurgeon contacted his own osteopaths to ask for advice they said no way too risky, .. another mri looked the same, got to the stage where i physically couldn’t walk so last resort-surgery to remove the bulging disks at l5/s1 weeks ago, they found the bulge to be a lot bigger than they thought so happy to remove most of the disks, so far i feel a lot better, on 3 weeks of bedrest though so won’t now for sure till i go back to college! basically what i’m saying is surgery is always gonnaa be a last resort, if you have a headache you don’t get a craniotomy like! just keep strong and keep pushing for the surgery and you’ll get it, i was on opiates for 8 months along with a load more stuff that never ever helped, its just the process of these things!

    April 15, 2014 at 3:34 am
  • keith cannone says:

    Hello and I’m sorry that you are experiencing back pain. My answer is going to be lengthy so bare with me as it is very important to understand my answer. The two most common reasons for a disc to herniate are trauma and muscle imbalances. Muscle imbalances to what are called “postural dysfunctions.” These dysfunctions put abnormal pressure on the disc that will cause increased wear and tear over time. Eventually, the weak spot will give way and make contact with the nerve, bringing you pain.

    The most important thing to understand about herniated discs is that, barring trauma, they do not happen overnight. You may be come symptomatic very quickly, but it takes a long time for conditions to be right for the nerve to be put under enough pressure to cause pain. Common treatments include cortisone injections, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), hot packs, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and therapeutic exercises.

    There are more than a handful of surgical procedures for a herniated disc, all of which have two main goals: to take pressure off the nerve and stabilize the joints.Most traditional treatments fail because they simply address the symptoms and fail to address the cause of the condition. Your herniated disc is a physical problem, and it requires a physical solution. There are no pills or injections that can create postural balance in your body, which is what is necessary to reduce the pressure on the nerveA herniated disc is a very complicated condition and most people get the best results when they combine multiple treatment approaches together. For example, Inversion Therapy can be very effective but it works even better when you also perform Muscle Balance Therapy.Every one with a Herniated Disc has Trigger Points and everyone should have a way to administer self trigger point Therapy everyday to them self, immediately followed by and combine with Muscle Balance Therapy to restore balance and proper function of the muscles and joints.

    Herniated Disc respond very well to most forms or spinal decompression and Inversion Therapy is a viable option for Herniated Disc suffers based on the many overall healthy benefits it has been shown to help with, just to mention a few improved circulation, stress reduction, improved range of motion. to view some videos on herniated discs and to find out more about muscle imbalances you can go to:

    Also they have a forum where back pain sufferers offer advice to each other. Maybe someone can offer some support to you :)

    April 15, 2014 at 4:07 am

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