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Old 12-08-2009, 10:50 PM   #1
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Herniated disc causing leg problems

I was in a car accident in June of this year. It left me with a herniated disc at L5/S1. This is my first injury in my 35 years of life. I didn't know I had a herniated disc until September, and since June I've gotten worse. Now I have a lot of problems with my legs. They tingle all the time, especially when i'm in bed and my left calf twitches. It's irritating because I feel like I'm about to get a charlie horse. The pain goes to both ankles. Considering I've gotten worse and worse since June, what can I expect in another six months/year/5 years? I have my first epidural injection scheduled for this Saturday and hope it brings relief but I'm concerned about the long-term effects of this herniated disc. Any thoughts, feedback?

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Old 12-09-2009, 05:21 AM   #2
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Re: Herniated disc causing leg problems

I have the same problem in L5-S1 and I've had many ESI's done, some helped, but eventually (5 yrs later) the pain, tingling, and numbness has gotten worse. Epidural Steroid Injections are a temporary fix in my honest opinion. I am having PLIF surgery (Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion) today. I have nerve damage in my legs and I fall a lot. The Dr. doesn't want the nerves to become damaged permanently and I'm tired of the pain, so that's why I'm having the surgery. Please get yourself checked out thoroughly. I hope this helps.

 
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Old 12-09-2009, 10:44 PM   #3
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Re: Herniated disc causing leg problems

Thank you so much for your reply. It was my first post and it's nice to be a part of this community. What you described with the nerve damage and falling a lot is what I'm afraid of. I will keep an agressive stance when it comes to getting relief, even if it means surgery.

I wish you a speedy recovery from your surgery. I will certainly keep you in my thoughts. I don't know much about you and you're several states away, but if there is anything I can do/say to help, please do ask.

Best wishes!

 
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