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Old 03-09-2009, 05:01 PM   #1
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L4 - L5 and L5-S1 Bulging Disc

I am really having a hard time ambulating. The pain to my left hip and leg are getting worst. I feel like a young handicap woman with a limping gait. I had and MRI and the clinical impression was the subject above. Steroid shots are not helping and neither are the anti inflammatories or pain pills. What should I do?

 
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Re: L4 - L5 and L5-S1 Bulging Disc

you might look into vax-d. I did treatment in chicago and it helped me. I followed up with physical therapy and I have been pain free for a couple of years

 
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Re: L4 - L5 and L5-S1 Bulging Disc

Are you currently treating with either a neurosurgeon or orthopedic spine surgeon? Some type of surgery may be suggested by either a NS or OSS to help relieve the symptoms.
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I was told it was my hip since 2007, joined a gym, I also tried sit ups, made back and hip worse. Went to a spine and sport gym and was told by PT that I had a slipped or damaged disc and to lay on stomach and elbows to push disc back in place. 60 years old and very painful

 
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Re: L4 - L5 and L5-S1 Bulging Disc

[QUOTE=SpineAZ;3914593]Are you currently treating with either a neurosurgeon or orthopedic spine surgeon? Some type of surgery may be suggested by either a NS or OSS to help relieve the symptoms.[/QUOTE]
No, I had a fall in April, two weeks ago I had a ESI shot L-4, L-5 and pain 24 hours later was gone. It has been a week and some pain is back but not as bad. I do not know what to do. I can not sit down for more than five minutes. God help me it hurts so bad every day

 
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Re: L4 - L5 and L5-S1 Bulging Disc

Laying on the floor and doing movements can not fix a disc. There are sometimes PT exercises that can help ease the pain but it can never heal a disc. You need to see an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon or Neurosurgeon for a full evaluation. Hopefully you've had an MRI. If so take those results to the OSS / NS. If you like the Pain Management doctor asj them which OSS/NS to see. My mother had a herniated disc in her early 60's. She had a partial discectomy (removal of the portion of the disc sitting on the nerve (she's 77 now, and often forgets she had the back surgery as it helped the problem quickly).

Make sure to educate yourself on what herniated disc look likes, various treatment options, spine specialists (OSS /NS) in your area that take your insurance, etc.
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Re: L4 - L5 and L5-S1 Bulging Disc

Laying on the floor and doing movements can not fix a disc. There are sometimes PT exercises that can help ease the pain but it can never heal a disc. You need to see an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon or Neurosurgeon for a full evaluation. Hopefully you've had an MRI. If so take those results to the OSS / NS. If you like the Pain Management doctor asj them which OSS/NS to see. My mother had a herniated disc in her early 60's. She had a partial discectomy (removal of the portion of the disc sitting on the nerve (she's 77 now, and often forgets she had the back surgery as it helped the problem quickly).

Make sure to educate yourself on what herniated disc look likes, various treatment options, spine specialists (OSS /NS) in your area that take your insurance, etc.
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Re: L4 - L5 and L5-S1 Bulging Disc

Generally, the steroid epidural injections are done in a series of three, unless there is little response to the first two, in which cause they skip the third attempt.

If you have had some pain relief from the first injection, it would make sense to have a second one spaced 2-3 weeks after that firsst one. It may be just what you need to get inflammation to go down and to provide more permanent relief.

I imagine the exercise you were told about it based on the McKenzie method. He is a well-known physio-therapist from New Zealand who devised a system of evaluation and treatment for disc herniations that is now used world-wide. He wrote a book called "Heal Your Own Back" that is in its 9th printing and has been used by many people to recover without surgical intervention from a disc bulge or herniation. You could probably find a copy, if interested, at your local library or at a local or online bookseller.

 
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