my MRI says mild circumferential disc bulge @ L-4 L-5 with an annular tear. At L-5 S-1 there is a mild posterior disc bulge with scar tissue (more so on left)generating mild mass effect. Could this be giving me symptoms of neurogenic claudication? Therapy and injections have not helped. Doctor wants me to have MORE injections. Would'nt surgery totally correct this? I dont want to mask symptoms I want to FIX problem!!
Yes surgery will help, but it takes a year before you are better. You must follow the doc direction and tuff it through the first 8 weeks. The MRI is needed to fully understand the problem. I also had a CT mylogram which showed much more than the MRI or I've hurt myself futher. But shots and PT comes first before the operation I had 20 shots different kinds, nothing helps if you have heriations sitting on a nerve. Try Lycira for nerve pain. That was better than the narcotics.
for nerve pain i had gabapentin worked well. Also are they definate that the spine is causing leg numbness they were with me until after emg investigation they changed their mind and decided that I had directly damaged the lateral cutaneous nerve in my leg and operated on it, The dull ache in my leg has gone as well as burning etc. The nerve will grow back at 1mm per month so still numb at the mo but they say it will get better..FYI I had a major fall down a flight of stairs bulging L4L5 broken tail bone etc...
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.