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A 35-year-old male asked:

Mri scan shows posterior disc protusion at l5 s1 level after medication/ rest it is fine very litle pain now at lower back/leg. doc says surgery?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 54 years experience
Your choice, BUT: If you give it time, the disc will desiccate and shrink over about 9-10 months, but if it is causing unbearable pain and causing progressive weakness and muscle atrophy and threatening bladder function, best to have it fixed.
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Dr. Layne Hermansen
Specializes in Family Medicine
Also consider steroid epidural.
Oct 21, 2015
Last updated Dec 21, 2020


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