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Alleviate Leg Pain After Herniated Disc Surgery
Herniated L5/S1 w/sciatica. Would microdiscectomy surgery help with SI joint pain or just the sciatica?
Yes: Nerve compression is just one way sciatica can happen. Often when looking at MRI, doctors don't take into consideration that this is a still image and doesn't show what your spine will do when you move, bend over or even stand up. That is why you need to see a spine specialist that can discuss this with you and your options for treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
2 herniated discs, l4-s1, annular tears, osteoarthritis, leg pain& numbness, sharp shooting pain down leg into foot. Questions for back surgeon?
Answer: If the pain, weakness and or numbness cannot be controlled with pain medication, stretching exercises, and other nonoperative management, i recommend you see a spine specialist for further recommendations. Severe pain, bowel/bladder incontinence, sudden change in sensation/motor function may require emergent evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Annular tear: Sometimes the herniated disk has annular tear that releases the spongier nucleus pulposus out that can cause a chemical neuritis on the nerves that is similar to sciatica. Also if the MRI reflects any listhesis (slipping of one bone on the other) there may be a compression on the nerves that will not be appreciated on the MRI because you are lying down and not allowing gravity/forces to move it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have unbearable pain due to disc problems, spinal stenosis, spurs, bulging discs, little help from meds. Would tummy tuck help decrease pain?
Nope.: Tummy tucks (witch hazel) are not performed to relive pain. The tummy tuck is a cosmetic operation used to smooth the belly. It removes excess skin, lower abdominal fat and tightens to abdominal muscles. It does not treat the spine or any of the symptoms you describe. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Thigh pain: My first answer is missed hip arthritis. This causes pain from groin to knee, worse getting up from sitting. Commonly missed by spine surgeons too focused on abnormal MRI and not performing a complete exam. Not intentional, just happens. If fusion has failed, this could also cause pain into groins/thighs. A good exam and studies including x-rays would be helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tell the surgeon: Start by discussing it with the surgeon. There are many mechanisms involved in producing local and radicular pain. ...Read more
Can herniated discs, stenosis t-spine with loosening hardware from fusion cause pain in buttocks, groin and lower legs with weakness?
Possibly: It seems like your fusion goes from the lower Tspine into the Lspine so yes there is a possibility that if the fusion has failed and/or if disc herniation are present this could cause many of your pain symptoms in buttock, groin area. The weakness seems to suggest a neurological process that could come from T or Lspine. Incontinence, spasticity, balance problems are other things to look out for. ...Read more
Yes: Nerve compression is just one way sciatica can happen. Often when looking at MRI, doctors don't take into consideration that this is a still image and doesn't show what your spine will do when you move, bend over or even stand up. That is why you need to see a spine specialist that can discuss this with you and your options for treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mri :lumbar radiculopathy l4-5, s1, edematous sciatic nerve. Severe leg pain. Epidurals not helping. Do i f?
Surgery: If you have completed a proper work-up and have failed a reasonable period of conservative care ( at least 6-8 weeks ) and you are in significant pain that prevents you from doing your normal activities, then surgery is an option to discuss with your doctor. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Pain from a herniated disc is due to nerve root irritation. Ice is considered a pain reliever. Some nerve irritation can cause an abnormal hypersensitivity such that the cold is perceived as painful. It might be difficult for the person with herniated disc pain to differentiate that pain from the hypersensitivity associated with the cold because temperature and pain are transmitted on same nerves. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lumbar disc degeneration,facet hypertrophy,3mm spondylolisthesis L5-S1.Severe low back pain, radiates down hips and legs.Benefit from pain mngmt?
Mri-t12-l1 l4-l5 l5-s1 disk protrusion no nerve impingement or spinal stenosis. Left low back buttock leg pain ×3 wks. Foot cold tingling. Worse when sitting standing walking. 10 days steriod no help?
Delaying in this: Circumstance isn't advisable. Your symptoms suggest impingement, either through direct nerve compression or swelling around the nerve. In any event, a discussion with your neurologist/neurosurgeon about an epidural steroid (or transforaminal steroid) injection should happen sooner, rather than later. Although a cold, numb foot may be related to other (vascular) problems, nerve problems are primary. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Strengthening the muscles around the spine to support it is the first step. Time also often allows the pain to decrease. Sometimes an epidural injection may be indicated as well to help nerve associated pain. Also the majority of disc herniations get better over time. A physiatrist is the best person to guide the non-surgical treatments. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I am experiencing leg pain, pain shooting down the leg, knee pain, hip pain, lower leg pain, leg pain with exertion, difficulty walking, leg numbn... had lumbar fusion l4-5 with cushion replaced between disk?
See your doctor: Please see your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more
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