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Alleviate Leg Pain After Herniated Disc Surgery
That depends on why: There is still leg pain. Sometimes it is related to inflammation early postop although a retained disc fragment, a recurrent disc herniation, an unrecognized conjoined nerve root was present, scar formation or wrong level was operated on. Maybe the leg pain was not related to preop disc identified. Speak to your surgeon about further imaging if needed & treatment based on clinical exam & images. ...Read more
Wear and tear can cause degeneration in the vertebral column, and cause discs to deteriorate. The supportive basket, nucleus fibrosis develops small tears. A bulge is minimal perhaps a few millimeters, and is clinically insignificant, but additional disc displacement such as protrusion or herniation may compress ...Read more
I have a herniated disc, plus sarcoid which I doubt. I have little sensation in one leg and weakness in thr other. 2 yrs now. Is surgery my option?
Yes, a granuloma could form around the area of a nerve for the area you describe. An MRI of that area could be useful, but few radiologists are able to recognize the granuloma--it's is unusual. A short trial of steroids might help. Do you have an elevated blood test ace? That could indicate active sarcoid. Have you had a biopsy of a lesion id you as having
non-caseating granulomas? Why not sarcoid. ...Read more
I've been diagnosed with a herniated disc after severe pain for only 8 days but doctors are recommending immediate surgery due to leg weakness-advice?
Good advice: If you have leg weakness in the setting of a herniated disc, urgent surgical intervention is usually warranted to prevent long term neurologic damage. ...Read more
I have herniated disc and deteriated disc lower back pain and numness in right leg is laser surgery a good cure for this?
MRI results:herniated disc at L4-L5. bad low back pain feels like heavy bricks on back, left leg heaviness n Charleyhorses in calves. Surgery or block?
Pinched Nerve: It can take up to 6 months to go away on its own. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether. ...Read more
Herniated disc at L5-S1 compresses the dural sac, and lumbar canal stenosis at that area, sciatica (left leg)...do I need surgery??
Possibly: Suggest seeing surgeon to discuss your options if you have completed conservative care. ...Read more
It should on it's. .: This should do it on own if you! Re non smoker & your leg pain was predominant pain. Occasionlly, the nerve can still remain irritated from it's prior compression &/or manipulation during surgery. Anti inflammatory meds or meds like neurontin, Elavil or Cymbalta (duloxetine) may help as well. If the pain is persisting, you may need a contrast MRI to see if there is a retained disc fragment or recurrent one. ...Read more
Can a herniated disc cause bilateral leg pain (burning, tingling) mostly front of legs after exertion (walking fast, uphill, climbing stairs, etc.)?
Absolutely: Yes, although there are other potential causes as well. A detailed exam and review of your studies will likely yield the correct diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more
Recent MRI due to left leg pain and weakness in back of thigh calf and foot. Results show no herniated disc. So painful walking standing sitting! Help?
Which part of the body was the MRI performed?
It should be have been done at the lumbo sacral region of your low back.
Sound like a nerve root compression. You may require an epidural block.
Apply ice to your low back to see if symptoms improve for now along with an anti inflammatory for pain if not allergic. ...Read more
How long does a epidural lasts for a herniated disk? Are there any side effects to a epidural injection? Please help l have so much leg pain with back
Variable: The length of relief varies, and some do not get any relief at all. Risks include spinal headache or leak, headache, infection, and nerve injury. The steroid effect is usually a local one, and systemic effects are relatively minimized. However, some can have elevations in blood sugar, as well as some other risks of steroids. You should see a surgeon if you aren't getting better. ...Read more
What should I do about my back/leg pain? I have a herniated disk in my l5s1 vertabrea, and have had 3 bilateral transformal steroid injections in my spine during the past 3 weeks, today my legs and back have a shooting pain going up and down and I can har
L5-S1: L5-s1 disks can cause severe sciatic leg pain. I would recommend consultation with a spine surgeon if you have failed 3 steroid injections. Leg pain secondary to herniated disk usually responds well to surgery. There are many surgical options including traditional and minimally invasive surgery. I would recommend looking for a surgeon who is experienced in endosocpic minimally invasive surgery. Endoscopic treatment is not always an option, but it is worth exploring due to less tissue damage, quicker discharge and recovery and less post operative pain. Please see my health guide on disk herniations and sciatica for more information. Good luck! ...Read more
How can I tell if my l side sciatic px is from piriformis syndrome or herniated disk? The pain intensity varies & at time only in my l low back/buttock. When I have leg pain to my left foot goes cold.
Sometimes: It's very difficult to differentiate between those two. A good physical exam and history necessary. Avoid positions that worse the pain. An MRI sometimes necessary to r/o hnp. Ice, rest and stretching exercises will improved a piriformis syndrome. Also the use of nsaids meds sometimes indicated. Can take long. I went through ps symptoms in the past. Good luck. ...Read more
My father had a surgery 10 years ago at the lower for herniated disc. Why is his left calf vibrating non stop?
I have a back that needs surgery on it. Herniated disc, degenerative changes. 3 days now my right hip & thigh have gone numb with a lot of pain.
Do I need another back surgery? I have a herniated disk at l5-s1, I've been suffering for over 3 years now. I had a surgery in november of 2009, all that was done was scraping the calcium off of the nerve to relieve sciatica. It all started again 6 mont
Pinched Nerve: Sounds like you have a pinched nerve in your back. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether. ...Read more
How long, how much?: Nerve dysfunction including numbness, weakness and pain may not resolve immediately after surgery. This depends on factors such as age, length of time nerve pressure was unrelieved pre-op, severity of compression, co-morbities (your pre-existing health issues) length of time from surgery--it may take months to improve. Warning new symptoms post-op always require re-evaluation. ...Read more
Are U asking if U:
Can have such surgery having no neuro symptoms at all, or are u asking if u can have this surgery with no risks of getting any neuro problems from the surgery.
Best person to provide you with these answers would be your surgeon, who has determined that you need surgery.
Good luck. ...Read more
No: Thr surgery is effective for arm or leg pain only if you have no pain or weakness you can only lose comfort with a back induction I'm puzzled why did you get a MRI for no symptoms if it's was for back pain then the MRI funding is spurious and should be considered not a symptom causer we should be getting studies without symptoms unless it is a screening test for early a symptomatic disease. ...Read more
Foot drop: From a severe herniated disc shows nerve damage, either in your spinal canal or in the roots exciting your canal. It depends how long this compression as there and the extent of the nerve damage whether or not this will come back. If caught early enough, it is possible some strength will return, but it can take up to a year to get to maximal return. Often though, it can be permanent. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with herniated disc in my lower and my doctor says I need surgery so how long is recovery?
Varies: Open discectomy a bit longer. In my practice I perform minimally invasive surgery whereby I use a 1.5-2 cm incision and dialate the muscles and use a tubular retractor (metrx). Back to work in 3-7 days, walking hours after surgery, no lifting greater than 25 lbs or axial loading maneuvers - jogging, squats, military press x 6 weeks. Folks with jobs that require significant manual labor- off 6 w. ...Read more
I've sustaining a herniated disc in my lower back. How long will it take for pain to radiate down the leg?
It may not at all!: Disc herniations do not necessarily cause any leg pain or sciatica. Sometimes, you can injure your back and have back pain initially that can evolve to include the leg from minutes, to hours, to days to several weeks. Many times, as the leg pain progresses, the back pain improves, but 90% of disc herniations are treated non operatively. ...Read more
A person might have separate mechanical leg and back pain-how do you know if it is herniated disc related?
See a doctor: A eval by orthopod or PC can help sort it out. ...Read more
My father had a surgery 10 years ago at the lower back for herniated disc. Why is his left pulp vibrating non stop?
Vertebral discs: There are discs in between the bones of the spine. Sometimes they can be injured. They are similar to a tough rubber or plastic material. On the inside, there is a softer material (pulp) which can herniate out (squeeze out) when the disc is torn. A great deal of force is needed to do this- like a car accident, lifting something very heavy, playing certain sports are examples. ...Read more
When doing straight leg test and no pain is felt could you still have a herniated disc? Or is the test pretty accurate. Thanks
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