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Old 06-16-2008, 03:01 AM   #1
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Back Pain

Hi my name is Baskar age 32. past one year i had a back and leg problem, i cant walk for 5 min's, i'll get pain in leg if i walk so. 10 days back i went to my home town INDIA and consult my family Ortho surgeon, he ask me to take the MRI for my lumbor i took the MRI on last week, the result shows me that i have Desiccation of Disc in L4-L5 also

Posterior disc herniation at L4-L5 level causing secondary spinal canal and neural foramen stenosis with compression over the exiting L4 nerve root and indentation over the traversion L5 nerve root on both sides.

finaly they mention in the report as Mild posterior disc bulge at L5-S1 Level.

When i show this report to my doctor he ask me to take Bed rest for one month and also gave me some pain killer.

can any one tell me how i can come out of this issue permanently. also please advice me what kind of exercrise i can do.


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Old 06-16-2008, 03:20 AM   #2
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Marywoo HB User
Re: Back Pain

Baskar, first of all welcome.i would advise you to get mri of neck and thorasic spine because they really need to see the whole symtoms started 10 years ago at least in leg and upper back and even my dr was shocked when he finally did the neck,i hope you get better soon. marywoo

Old 06-16-2008, 11:54 AM   #3
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mznell HB User
Re: Back Pain

Hello Baskar ~

Your leg pain is being caused by compression of the nerve root. If you do some research on the dermatomes, you wll see that for almost all people, compression at L4-5 leads to pain in the buttocks, down the back of the leg and into the foot. It can lead to a pins and needles feeling or even numbness.

Your doctor's advice is different from what you would hear in the United States. Bed rest used to be recommended, but not so much any more. You need to avoid twisting, bending over and lifting anything heavier than about 5-10 pounds. You could try icing the area when you are uncomfortable. You want to try to get the inflammation to go down. You want to give the disk a chance to heal on its own...that is the reason for the bed rest. The pain pills will not do much for you, as nerve pain is not responsive to them.

In this country you would be advised to go to physical therapy to strengthen the core muscles to help support the back. You would be given exercises that you could do at home. There is no way of predicting whether the disk will heal on its own. Only time will tell....

Old 06-16-2008, 07:29 PM   #4
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Re: Back Pain

Hello Baski. My advise to you is to go out there and find at least 2 more Orthoaepedic or Neurosurgent doctors.. Remember this is your back , and it's the engine that keeps us going.. After you see three doctors , think about what was discussed between you and him - and then make your choice..

I'm right around your age - 31 male ; athletic and a musician.. Beleave me when I tell you having a bad back is horiable , If not treated properley you will suffure in the long run.. I had 2 back surgeries in the last 5 years , first i had a 4 level lamenectomy in 2004 , and then just this past Feb. I again had a major back surgery.. My back progressively got worse after the first surgery {I'm a union carpenter} , they had fuse levels l4/l5 and l5/s1 - now I have 2 rods and 6 screws in my back..

So long story short , It does not hurt to get different opinions from many doctors who are out there.. Research them , ask around - Find a good doctor that has a good reputation. You have to feel comfortable with your doctor.

devi phish

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