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Disc Fragment/Herniated Disc... Did you have Surgery?

Posted by on Sep. 23, 2013 at 1:26 PM
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I just found out I have a Disc fragment/herniated disc with a sac on my L5... I'm 32 years old and really not interested in having surgery. I have read in a few places on the internet that it can heal itself over time??? But I do have numbness in my foot and leg which makes me nervous because I don't want to have nerve damage. I will be going to a spine specialist in about two weeks but I was wondering what your story was? Did you have surgery? If you did have surgery did you recover completely? Did it heal on it's own? Thank you for sharing:)

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almondpigeon
by Ruby Member on Sep. 23, 2013 at 1:29 PM
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L4 and L5 are herniated...it first happened 7ish years ago. I, too, was told that it would heal over time, bit it hasn't. I am in constant pain. I just mentioned to my dh a few days ago that I was going to call my doctor amd discuss surgery. Try physical therapy first. ..if that doesn't help, I would suggest surgery. I wish I would have done it when I first started having problems
blondeb
by Member on Sep. 23, 2013 at 1:32 PM

7 years:( Over the 7 years were you ever pain free for a period of time?

2ArfarasMom
by on Sep. 23, 2013 at 1:33 PM
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Never had any experience with that myself but I know a lot of people that had neck or back surgery and it ended up messing their back up even more. Obviously for a lot of people it turns out great. I only said that to say, do your research and make sure that you feel like that will be the best option for you if that's what you decide to do. Good luck :)
4x4x16mom
by Bronze Member on Sep. 23, 2013 at 1:39 PM
I broke my back, had a spinal fusion. I can walk, run, jump, pick up my dd, and take care of myself every day, all day. Me personally i.couldn't live in a wheel chair. I get a little bit of pain at the end of an active day, but i knew I'd be living in pain when i took the surgery. I've only gone in once since then for a new mesh disc, rod,and screw tightening.
KelliansMom
by Platinum Member on Sep. 23, 2013 at 1:42 PM
How long since surgery did you go in for a check and screw tighting? My husband broke his back at 11 but they didn't find out till he was 22 and he had surgery six screws and a fusion. But now at the age of 31 he is so much pain at the end of the day. In wondering if it's time to send him back in and get things rechecked.

Quoting 4x4x16mom:

I broke my back, had a spinal fusion. I can walk, run, jump, pick up my dd, and take care of myself every day, all day. Me personally i.couldn't live in a wheel chair. I get a little bit of pain at the end of an active day, but i knew I'd be living in pain when i took the surgery. I've only gone in once since then for a new mesh disc, rod,and screw tightening.
blondeb
by Member on Sep. 23, 2013 at 1:43 PM

How long has it been since you had surgery?

Quoting 4x4x16mom:

I broke my back, had a spinal fusion. I can walk, run, jump, pick up my dd, and take care of myself every day, all day. Me personally i.couldn't live in a wheel chair. I get a little bit of pain at the end of an active day, but i knew I'd be living in pain when i took the surgery. I've only gone in once since then for a new mesh disc, rod,and screw tightening.


shivasgirl
by Platinum Member on Sep. 23, 2013 at 1:45 PM
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my best friend and cousin did...best thing they ever did...my husband did..he is crippled for life now....I personally would do anything I could to avoid it

brehmmom
by on Sep. 23, 2013 at 1:49 PM
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I went through this a few years ago.  I had the numbness all down my leg and couldn't stand up straight or lay down etc.  I rested and did everything they said that did for about 2 months.  But then I couldn't take it any more.  It wasn't getting better.  I ended up having same day surgery and the moment I woke up, I could feel the difference!

4x4x16mom
by Bronze Member on Sep. 23, 2013 at 1:51 PM
Holy cow! 13 years. I'm getting old! Lol


Quoting blondeb:

How long has it been since you had surgery?

Quoting 4x4x16mom:

I broke my back, had a spinal fusion. I can walk, run, jump, pick up my dd, and take care of myself every day, all day. Me personally i.couldn't live in a wheel chair. I get a little bit of pain at the end of an active day, but i knew I'd be living in pain when i took the surgery. I've only gone in once since then for a new mesh disc, rod,and screw tightening.



Not_A_Native
by Ruby Member on Sep. 23, 2013 at 1:55 PM

One thing to consider is the type of surgery.

My sister in law recently had a disc replacement - not everyone does it (she lives in OR, had to go to Texas to have it done).  2 hour surgery, the doctor is very picky about his patients - no smokers, no drinkers, no overweight (or too much underweight).  No one under 25 or over 55.

It's been 3 months, and she is expecting a complete recovery.  After 6 weeks, she had physical therapy every day for an hour, now it's 3 days a week.  If you're a candidate, it's a good thing (with a good doctor).

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