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Not enough info: Right side of what? Back, abdomen, leg? Need specifics. ...Read more
Whatever tolerated: Any aerobic activity you tolerate is fine. No harm is likely even if it hurts. Just experiment and find what you enjoy and tolerate best. I would expect a recumbent cycle to be best tolerated as it provides the best back support. Anything that stoops you forward will likely aggravate your pain a bit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on symptoms: Retrolisthesis occurs from degenerative changes in the disc and facet joints of the spine. It is generally considered more stable than a forward slippage and therefore a fusion is not always recommended if you are having nerve pain. Instead a simpler laminectomy can be done. If the slippage is significant leading to narrowing of the nerve exits (foramen), then a fusion is sometimes warranted. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Physical therapy: The broad central disc protrusion is a radiographic finding and may not be the cause of your back pain. Studies have been done on people of all ages at random and it has been shown that the broad disc protrusion is usually not symptomatic. If there is asymetry so that it compresses the neural foramen on one side, that is different.Still, over 90% improve without surgery.Physical therapy is helpful. ...Read more
What are the symptoms of l4/l5 central disc herniation. Thanks a lot for answering in advance. :) ?
Lower leg symptoms: L5 nerve impingement (L4-5 level) from a herniated disc can cause weakness in extending the big toe and potentially in the ankle (foot drop). Numbness and pain can be felt on top of the foot, and pain may also radiate into the buttock. S1 nerve impingement (L5-S1) may cause loss of the ankle reflex and/or weakness in ankle push off (patients cannot do toe rises). Numbness and pain in foot noted. ...Read more
Slipped disk between L4-L5. Pain has reduced lot but present oy while is sitting position. What can be recovery time?
See details: 3-6 weeks is the usual recovery time. ...Read more
Can a person with mental bars in their back go back to work after back accident L3 broken fused L4 L5 31-year-old male?
I go to the vamc for my primary medical needs. I've had a double discatomy of l4-l5 in'09. Lately bending and such has been a chore to do.?
See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more
Microdisectomy L4/L5 6 months ago. I started spring cleaning, now I have been experiencing crucial pain on my right side of my spine for 1.5 wks now?
Likely a strain: It is likely a lumbar strain. However, if the pain begins to radiate down the leg as it did prior to surgery it may be a herniated disk recurrence. You should speak with your surgeon about any radiating pain or bowel/bladder issues. I would try ice and heat along with NSAID to control current symptom. Also continue therapy exercises. No more than 20 minutes for ice and heat . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have exactly the pain as described above by ."a member asked" please help,as i am 71yrs old,and in pain, have backproblems at L4& L5...cushions gone?
Distressing ...: I'm sorry I can't see the pain description from another questioner, but certainly degenerative joint disease/arthritis is a common cause of pain as we get older: deterioration of the discs/cushions with stiffness & strain of the supporting muscles. See doc for diagnostic eval, then rest, ice and/or heat, proper exercise/conditioning, pain/anti-inflamm meds, TENS, relaxation: multiple strategies! ...Read more
I had a laminating & fusion of L4 L5 on December 23rd. My question is what exercises should I be doing to help my recovery? I am walking 2 1/2 miles a day.
Depends on the: Problem. A number of disorders, e.g., spondylolisthesis, slipped disk, fracture, arthritis, hla b-27 related disease, spina bifida oculta, metastatic tumor etc can affect l4-5 region. Treatment would depend on the disease affecting a particular person. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It could be: Is that the only level involved. Are other levels also damaged. You could first consider prolotherapy to stabilize the back with out surgery. Can always do surgery. Visit www.Getprolo.Com or www.Aaomed.Org for info on prolotherapy and to find a doctor to help you and give you another opinion. ...Read more
Careful exercise: Start by avoiding prolonged positioning ; repetitive twist or bend maneuvers. If you had physical therapy, resume exercises. Use of otc medication will help control symptoms. Cardio workouts may help except for rowing ; maybe running. If did not have physical therapy, you may want to get a session to learn exercises. Weight control ; not smoking are key. Core exercises like yoga ; pilates. ...Read more