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    Old 08-12-2013, 02:45 PM   #1
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    Back Problems. 8mm extursion on spinal disc. any other options besides surgery?

    The results from the mri said I have a 8mm extrusion and dehydration on my L4-L5 disc. He said the only possible thing to Fix it is to get surgery and have him carve out the part of the spinal disc that's bulging out.. also to add that bulge is pinching my nerve and I have severe pain. I had to quit my job cause I physically couldn't work anymore. Im seeing a chiropractor and he's trying to help Fix it. I'm 20 years old and I really don't want to get surgery. Any one have any ideas of what to do? Thanks

     
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    Old 09-06-2013, 08:09 AM   #2
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    Re: Back Problems. 8mm extursion on spinal disc. any other options besides surgery?

    Hey Java, I was about your age when my back started to give me grief. Nothing too big where an aleve or two won't take care of. Fast forward 2006, through the roof major pain no pain pill can't touch. Got an mri, 6mm extrusion on my L5-S1. Got referred to a pain management doctor, been getting cortisone shot( 3 shots a year). Been working so good so far, I'm trying to avoid surgery as well. Being overweight also don't help. I'm 5' 7'' ,170 lbs and every time I get to 190 to 195 lbs I feel my back. Exercise also helps me, I don't run anymore per doctors order. I do walk a lot, about 3 to 5 miles a day. Ride my bike too cause it's low impact, I also swim, and i think this is the best exercise you can do for a bad back. I hope by responding to this, your post gets bump up and people will chime in, there is a lot here that's very knowledgable. I hope you find relief, and please keep us updated so many will learn from our experiences. If interested?, just search derrick004 to learn more detailed personal experience.

     
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    Re: Back Problems. 8mm extursion on spinal disc. any other options besides surgery?

    It's always difficult to comment too much without having more details...but it sounds like this doctor is in a hurry to rush you into surgery. Unless a patient has symptoms of cauda equina syndrome, like bowel or bladder issues caused by the herniation, or suddenly develops muscle weakness such as foot drop, surgery is not usually recommended until various conservative treatments have been tried and have failed. Among those would be a course of physical therapy to strengthen the core and back, medications to address pain and inflammation, and a series of the steroid injections such as mentioned by derrick.

    I would suggest you get another opinion from a spine specialist in a different practice. This can be either a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon whose practice is devoted to the back and neck.

    Doctors in the US operate on herniated discs much more often than is done in any other country. With the appropriate care, disc herniations can resolve naturally. This is not always possible, but most people go into surgery without really giving it a chance. My husband ruptured L5-S1 almost 20 years ago on Christmas Eve. He was able to heal it without surgically intervention and has not had further major problems since. And, he still does the exercises the physical therapist gave him faithfully every day before leaving the bedroom in the morning....

    Good luck.

     
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