It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Back Problems Message Board

L4-L5 Herniated Disc with Bone Spur

Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12-23-2012, 08:21 PM   #1
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Benton, Arkansas
Posts: 1
Schneider1966 HB User
L4-L5 Herniated Disc with Bone Spur

After years of having tingling on the outside of my left leg my doctor told me that I probably had nerve damage that was too old to fix. I recently had burning sensations at the top of my left thigh and went back to see him. An x-ray showed L4-L5 being herniated and a bone spur on L4. MRI is scheduled for 26 Dec. He recommends pain pills if possible. I have had 6 surgeries in the last 2-1/2 years for various bone issues so another is no big deal BUT it's the back. Any recommendations or advice?


Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 12-23-2012, 08:49 PM   #2
Junior Member
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 26
backem HB User
Re: L4-L5 Herniated Disc with Bone Spur

You really probably won't know anything definite until after your MRI. That will be much more revealing than X-Rays. And yeah, having spinal surgery will be considerably different than the other bone issues you have dealt with. But again you need to see what your MRI reveals; surgery may or may not be an option for you. And I'm sure your doc will try you with more conservative measures first anyway: physical therapy, epidural steriod injections, etc.

Old 12-24-2012, 07:14 AM   #3
Senior Veteran
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 8,896
teteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB User
Re: L4-L5 Herniated Disc with Bone Spur

If you are not being treated by a spine surgeon, I would suggest you make an appointment with either a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon whose practice is limited to the back and neck. These two specialties have the most education, training and experience in treating the mechanics and diseases of the spine. You will get the most accurate diagnosis of your issues from one of these doctors.

Don't worry about the title "surgeon" as they will always recommend conservative treatment modalities first. Some people shy away from a spine surgeon, thinking they will end up having surgery if they go to one...but that isn't the case. Only a small percentage of patients end up needing surgery.

Closed Thread

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is Off
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:24 AM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
© 1998-2018 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!