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    Old 05-28-2003, 02:12 PM   #1
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    Question bulge at L4-5, help!

    I had a back injury 6 months ago. First 2 months I didn't care then got X-ray and MRI. They found a "minimal central posterior bulge between L4-5". 2 months ago my pain went to peak, had pains in my legs. I was off work for 1 1/2 month. I went to PT for one month during this time. Right now I have mild low back pain and little pain in my right upper thighs. I'm having severe pain below my knees 5-6 hours after I go to bed. The doctors are saying "surgery is not needed". Here are my questions:
    1) Have any of you had these sysmptoms?
    2) Do you know if this will heal completely ?
    3) Do the strenghtening excercises (at the fitness center) that I did during the PT make it worse?
    4) Doc told me that the L4-5 bulge shown in MRI may be projectional, since he doesn't see any dark disk sign. So it may be ligament strain. Does ligament strain make leg pain?


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    Old 05-29-2003, 12:57 PM   #2
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    Hi rose, I'm sorry that I cannot answer your questions. I have been through a few rounds of physical therapy, both before and after surgery. You should make sure the physical therapist has experience working with spine patients. PT can help or hurt. [img][/img] HNP
    HNP at L4-5 late Sept 2002
    3 months PT and Ibuprofen
    Reherniation late Feb 2003
    Nerve block mid March 2003
    Microdiscectomy 4 April 2003
    3 months PT (trunk stabilization)
    Walk 4 miles daily from now on.

    Old 05-29-2003, 03:09 PM   #3
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    Thanks anyway for your kind response.

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