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1 month recovering from microlumbar disectomy, l4/l5, l5/s1. Back pain relieved but numbness/tingling/pressure in right knee persists. Possibilities?

1 month recovering from microlumbar disectomy, l4/l5, l5/s1. Back pain relieved but numbness/tingling/pressure in right knee persists. Possibilities?

Neuropathic pain: You may still have irritation of the nerve root but it is also possible that you have injury to a peripheral nerve innervating the knee. This possibility would be most likely if you had diabetes or the original injury involved trauma to your knee. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Grade2 Spondylolisthesis of L5/S1. I get back pain at least once per year for a week? Does the pain mean the vertebra is further slipping forward?

Grade2 Spondylolisthesis of L5/S1. I get back pain at least once per year for a week? Does the pain mean the vertebra is further slipping forward?

Usually not: Even a spondylolisthesis that is not further shifting forward can cause episodes of back and leg pain. It is fairly uncommon (although not impossible) for it to slip further in an adult patient. If you have any concern, don't hesitate to be seen in follow up for a repeat exam and X-ray. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc at l5-s1. I suffer acute back pain crisis frequently. Should i resort to surgery?

I have a herniated disc at l5-s1. I suffer acute back pain crisis frequently. Should i resort to surgery?

Sciatica: True sciatica is leg pain that shoots from back, down the leg past the knee. This mimics the path of the sciatic nerve, thus it's name. Young patients more likely to have herniated disc. Older patients, pressure from arthritic spurs. All can be treated non-surgically if not getting worse. Physical therapy, tylenol (acetaminophen) or aleve, nerve blocks, the combination works 80% of the time. ...Read more

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I was in a MVA in the early 90's. I had some damage to L4-L5, L5-S1. I have had back pain ever since. I had an MRI a couple years ago that showed i had degenerative discs, arthritis, and narrowing of the nerve pathways due to sclerotic discs or tissue. I

I was in a MVA in the early 90's. I had some damage to L4-L5, L5-S1. I have had back pain ever since. I had an MRI a couple years ago that showed i had degenerative discs, arthritis, and narrowing of the nerve pathways due to sclerotic discs or tissue. I

Second opinion ?: 41 y male w. MVA in 90's & "pain ever since" & now has Degenerative Disk Disease, DDD, which is not reliably a pain generator; as medical lit. well reports, which DDD did not develop until years after the pain onset in the 90's & which is likely a red herring. Concern for acute SIJ ligament injury never detected; because it is radiolucent. See an Osteopath. ...Read more

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A para central disk protrusion at L5-S1. Moderate to severe back pain &sciatica. Epidurals, facet blocks etc..Nothing helps.Surgeon says not surgical.

A para central disk protrusion at L5-S1. Moderate to severe back pain &sciatica. Epidurals, facet blocks etc..Nothing helps.Surgeon says not surgical.

Spine Problems: Anti inflammatories (including oral steroids and injections), physical therapy and rest. Exercises to improve your strength around the injury. Seek the help of a pain management specialist. ...Read more

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Can my dr do anything for back pain due to a 3mm bulge at l5-s1?

A lot of things: We start doing things in sequences, start from the easy stuff and progress to surgery. Physical therapy pain medications anti- inflammatory medications. Muscle relaxant. Occupational therapy. Trigger points injections. Epidural injections. Microdisctomy. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

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