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A 29-year-old female asked:

Herniated:l3-l4&l4-l5 w. 3cm cyst beneath near end of sacrum. so much pain i can't walk, outer thigh&leg&foot are all numb and very cold to touch. how can i not make it worse before seeing neurosurgeon in 1 wk? can i make it worse? i'm just scared..?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Treatment for herniated intervertebral discs become especially urgent when muscle weakness develops. At this time you have severe pain for which a neurosurgeon may end up recommending referral to a pain management specialist as well as physical therapy. If this fails, surgery may then be recommended. Will your physician prescribe more potent pain relievers until you're seen by the neurosurgeon?
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
Appropriate to see neurosurgeon. In meantime avoid flexion-extension, heavy lifting pushing pulling Sitting will be uncomfortable and supine better. If trouble urinating notify doctor immediately
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Last updated Oct 21, 2021


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