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A 34-year-old male asked:

I am 34 years old and suffering with left leg pain and numbness from last one year. mri and ct scan done and found the disc slipped problem in l4 l5, ?

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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 41 years experience
Might need surgery: A herniated disc is one of the most common reasons for needing back surgery, especially if it is causing weakness or numbness in the leg. See your doctor and get a consultation with a spine surgeon (usually an orthopedist or neurosurgeon). You don't want nerve problems to become permanent. A microdiskectomy can sometimes be done as day surgery. Hope you feel better.
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Dr. Bradley Butkovich
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Exercise is always : The first line of treatment for any herniation. Surgery is never good as advertised especially in a young person. Most disc herniations improve over time but it can take 1-2 months. I tell my patients to start a gradual walking program. If you can walk 3 miles (about 5 k) you should be ok. Other sue steroids, steroid injections and/or surgery might be needed.
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Last updated Jul 25, 2020


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