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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 61 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?
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 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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