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Just had Microdiscectomy Surgery for L4/L5 Extruded Herniated Disc - Here is My Story

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  • Thanks for sharing your story tfduffy.

    I'm 26-year old 6,2-foot male and also struggling with lower back pain.

    About 2 years ago I hurt myself in the gym doing deadlifts. I wasn't sure how bad it was and after about a month I decided to go to a chiropractor. I was there for 12 sessions, yes 12 and it did not help at all.

    So after spending a lot of money on that I just decided to leave it as is and suffer the pain.

    I lived with the pain for another 2 years and this year it really started to bother me and I was in so much pain.

    Before going to the doctor, I decided to give another chiropractor a chance, 8 sessions done and still no joy.

    I went to the doctor yesterday, went for x-rays and he just phoned me back saying that we will need to do a MRO scan as it looks like I have damaged my disc between L4 & L5.

    During all this pain I have played soccer, some rugby, gym every night - really not the best decisions.

    I just hope that I can get this sorted out as soon as possible. I'm turning 27 in 2 months, getting married in 5 months, so I hope I will me able to fly from South Africa, Cape Town to Mauritius (5 hour flight) with minimum pain.

    I know if I had to go for a Microdiscectomy Surgery it will take months/years to be close to 100% again.
  • Se7evw00d~ I'm glad you are on a speedy recovery. My case is similar to yours. November 8 of 2012, I woke in the morning and could not move of get out of bed. The pain was so severe, went to ER. Did MRI, was told my L4/L5 S1 is degenerated. The pain was so severe that I couldn't go for OR. I was referred to Pain Mgmt Specialist which administered a Steroid shot in my lumber and this caused me to almost lost my left leg because I was given double dosage since the first one he gave me wasn't working. After that o did PT for about 12 weeks and it seems things get back to normal. Recently, I was taking a shower and bent over then my back locked up and back to where I started by 2012. We were told about the surgery back in early 2013 but myself and my wife was scared about back surgery because of lots of complications that may arose.
    Could you please provide me name or refer me to the surgeon that did the surgery for you if you don't mind. Im in Maryland. Thank you.
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  • Se7evw00d~ I'm glad you are on a speedy recovery. My case is similar to yours. November 8 of 2012, I woke in the morning and could not move of get out of bed. The pain was so severe, went to ER. Did MRI, was told my L4/L5 S1 is degenerated. The pain was so severe that I couldn't go for OR. I was referred to Pain Mgmt Specialist which administered a Steroid shot in my lumber and this caused me to almost lost my left leg because I was given double dosage since the first one he gave me wasn't working. After that o did PT for about 12 weeks and it seems things get back to normal. Recently, I was taking a shower and bent over then my back locked up and back to where I started by 2012. We were told about the surgery back in early 2013 but myself and my wife was scared about back surgery because of lots of complications that may arose.
    Could you please provide me name or refer me to the surgeon that did the surgery for you if you don't mind.
  • Thank you Tim, and everyone else for sharing their stories. I realize many of these discussions are years old, but I think it's still okay to comment or post here...
    I'm 36, extremely healthy, in very good shape. A huge tree limb fell on me in 2010 and gave me a mild concussion and come to find out, "crunched" me enough on my head that I herniated a disc in my lower back at L4-L5 - I've been dealing with this sh*t for 7 years and I'm OVER IT. They suggested surgery back then but I was young and scared... I'm ready now. I appreciate everyone's surgery stories very much. I can generally get by without too much pain, but it does flare up a few times a year, especially with the colder weather. This particular flare up has lasted almost 3 weeks. The low back pain is bad, yes, but I think it's the leg pain, the numbness, tingling, stabbing burning pain that is the worst. Sometimes it affects my left leg, sometimes it's my right leg, this time around it's the right side. This morning after catching a little sleep, my right FOOT was killing me. I could hardly take my first few steps. I own an accounting business and thankfully have a super flexible schedule and sweet clients, but I'm ready to explore surgery. I'm meeting with my doctor tomorrow.

  • Okay so I know this thread is rather old, but it has helped ease my mind so much. I seem to be the youngest one. I am 18 and turning 19 next week. I should be full of life and excited for my birthday. Instead I'm almost crying every night.

    So I first started feeling some minor sciatic pain in late March early April. I was a senior in high school and had hour long classes. I was starting to really feel some pain sitting in the desks al those times. It got worse throughout May. I got sick right before my graduation and the coughing! Oh my god the coughing made it so much worse. I missed my own high school graduation.

    My parents tried taking me to a Chiropractor. It helped none, if not made the pain worse. My mom took me to an ortho doctor and he said it sounded like a herniated disc but to get an MRI. After waiting for about two weeks the results came in. I had a disc herniation at L4L5 and some slight spinal stenosis. I also believe I had a thinning disc somewhere too. It's been since summer when I looked at the report though.

    My doctor sent me to a neurosurgeon. I wanted surgery so bad. I was told since I was so young to continue without it. Mid July and I was doing physical therapy. It helped me none. So we went back and they said okay try the shots. I got the first shot September 11th and it actually helped. I was able to get a job. I was able to FINALLY start college. It was mid October when I get the second shot and was still doing really good. I had almost forgot about it.

    Until the day after thanksgiving came. I was at work and felt it. The recognizable pain down my leg. I was standing so I didn't know just how bad it was yet. I got in my car to drive home and was scared. I could barely sit. That was the hardest drive ever. It came back and with a vengeance. Somehow the shots made it worse. I cannot drive. I had to resign from my job until further notice. I am taking another semester off. I am stuck in bed. I can't sit. I can't lay horizontally on my back. I can't lay on my stomach and I can't lay on my sides EVEN with a pillow between the legs. I have to sit up with pillows propping me up.

    A car ride KILLS ME. I have to sit with the seat back and extending my leg out and it still hurts even then. NO ONE HAS MENTIONED IT YET SO IM GONNA DO IT. GOING TO THE BATHROOM IS MISERABLE. SITTING ON THE TOILET HURTS SO BAD. PUSHING TO MAKE A BOWEL MOVEMENT MAKES ME SOB. I went back to the doctor explained my pain and finally he said okay, its been more than 5 months and you tried it all. I think it's time to talk surgery.

    I have one scheduled for January 2nd. I go tomorrow to get tests done to make sure im healthy enough and whatnot. Reading all your stories made me feel so comforted. I have never known a pain as bad as this. I fell into a pretty bad depression. January cannot come fast enough. Thank you all for posting on here.

    Wish me luck I guess!

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  • I’m 9 days post op on an L4/L5 microdiscectomy. After reading countless horror stories on here this post has eased my mind substantially
  • grodrigue1218. So sorry you are dealing with this for so long. Funny part is that NOBODY does mention the bathroom issues. I've had 2 children and NEVER had as much pain as I did in the beginning of my journey. I ended up having surgery 12/13 and am now in the recovery phase. Just know that everyone's story is a little different - as is their recovery. I can tell you that my sciatic pain was gone the moment I woke up. Pretty amazing to me. The surgery site is still tender and my low back is super tight, but hey, they just cut me open all the way down to my spine. I was off the hydrocodone after day 4? But I still take the Soma in the morning and again when I go to bed. Good luck!!

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