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Exercise: I presume you mean bulge of the l45 disc. This is normal finding with aging. Exercise and learning proper posture and body mechanics will usually control most low pain caused by bulging discs. ...Read more
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 more
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 more
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?
Back trauma: Have your orthopedic surgeon assess what you can and cannot do. It may be light duties that protect your back. All the best. ...Read more
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 more
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.
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
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Lumbar radiculopathy: Herniation of the l4-5 disc may impinge or "pinch" the exiting nerve roots of l5, the traversing nerve roots of s1 & occasionally the L4 nerve root if it is a far lateral disc herniation. These nerves travel from the spine to the lower leg, feet & as far as the toes. This explains why an l4-5 disc herniation may be accompanied by symptoms such pain, numbness, & pins & needles sensation in the feet. ...Read more
Many options!: However, this is as long as there are not motor deficits (weakness) yet. If there is weakness, it becomes a more important discussion. If no weakness, and stable, then physical therapy should be your first stop. From there, epidural injections can be helpful, as well as medications, including oral steroids acutely can help. Many modalities, including things like acupuncture. Avoid sx until needed. ...Read more
Microdisectomy with hemilaminotomy at L4 L5 on 6 march 2013 when can I start running/jogging again?
Postop microdisk: When your surgeon says you can. Each patient is different and the findings at surgery suggest postop instructions. Continue to avoid bending/lifting/twisting until advised otherwise. Low impact aerobics are fine after pain from surgery subsides and you are no longer taking pain meds. ...Read more
I have 2 herniated discs at l4, L5 and s1 with annular tears. Can it be fixed. If so, how? Success rate? Complications?
I have a fusion at l4-l5 I have a broken screw and another screw that appears to be backing out is there any way to fix my issue?
If I have a L4 L5 discectomy could I return to classes in 1 week? Class length is 3 hours per day on tuesday and thursday and 1.5 hours mwf.
L4 & L5 disc in my back are compressed. I have had pain for over 6 months in back and 1 leg. Dr says will get better on its own, but it hasnt.
Options: Data suggests that surgery may provide early relief of leg pain from herniated disks. Non operative therapy is generally successful as well but can take up to a year. Therapy and injections are also options. Back pain may or may not improve with surgery but leg pain is reduced or eliminated routinely. ...Read more