Doctor insights on: Surgical procedure to relieve symptoms of a ruptured disc
I have one ruptured disc and two torn discs. Epidurals have never worked, is surgery my best chance for pain relief?
Not necessarily: Surgery should be used if progressive nerve or spinal cord problems, and especially if bladder gets involved, but not the best idea to control pain, as postop scarring may make things far worse. A european study showed disc shrinkage at 9-10 months if no surgery. Try to learn mckenzie back exercises from a quality physical therapist, and consider starting your exercise in a pool first. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Neuro or Ortho: Both neurosurgeons and fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeons treat spinal disorders. It is worth your time to learn about your surgeon before considering surgery. Hopefully, your primary care doctor can help to point you in the right direction. The most important thing to do is to make sure that the surgeon you choose has expertise in treating your problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should I be concerned if my husband is goin for surgery for his ruptured disc in his neck. What's the name of the surgery where they do?
Depends: Your surgeon should be able to give you specifics, but generally the answer is 4-6 weeks (sooner for minor procedures, loner fr more invasive. It hurts, don't do it. You may need to search for a comfortable position, however, different positions may still be comfortable even after back surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is my best treatment for pinched nerves had a server ruptured disc in witch I had surgery had the eperldoral shots and have been on vicodin 2 ye?
Many possibilities: There are many options after the treatment you have already received. You may consider another surgical opinion, repeating the epidural, confirming that there is still nerve damage from an emg/ncv test, and/or try other forms of treating nerve pain such as neuropathic pain medications or alternative treatments like acupuncture, . ...Read more
I ruptured disc l4-l5 & had surgery in december. My big toe & on the side of my big toe hurts so bad. Is this from the nerve endings?
Depend: Surgery for a ruptured or herniated disc may become necessary if there is associated radicular pain from an arm or leg and does not respond to a well directed conservative treatment program. There are emergent situations when surgery becomes the first option, i.e. Loss of bowel or bladder control. ...Read more
Depend: Microdiscectomies (laminotomy) are performed to relieve radicular pain of an arm or leg. If your pain is "not bad" then I would recommend that you see your doctor and discuss treatment options such as oral steroids, nsaids, exercises, & possibly an epidural steroid injection series. Unless you bowel/bladder symptoms, surgery should be your last option. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many options: Signs & symptoms are important to consider. Any signs of neurological compromise may warrant surgery.If pain is the main/only symptom then many options exist depending on location of pain; directional preference-based therapy, nsaids, oral steroids, neuromodulating medications, epidural injections (many types possible), or spinal cord stimulator. Talk to your local pain/spine doc about manyoptions. ...Read more
I have 3 ruptured disk in my neck. I am trying to figure out if I should get surgery or stick with physical therapy?
That depends: Many people have ruptured or herniated disks. Surgical intervention is based more on symptoms and failure of non-operative treatments. When clinical symptoms, physical findings, and test results all confirm disk disease, surgery is a good option. Cervical diskectomy and fusion is standard, lumbar disks can be removed with or without fusion. Disk replacement is also an option. ...Read more
They vary: Typically when people refer to a ruptured disc they are describing pain from pressure on the root of one of the radicular nerves that emerge from either side of the spine at every vertebral level and sense pain from a particular area of the body. The most common are the sciatic nerves which serve each leg hence sciatica is pain shooting down one leg usually from disc pressure on the sciatic root. ...Read more
Many things: From point pain in the back, especially while coughing or sneezing, to radiating pain which suggests the disc is irritating a nerve. Many people have bulging discs and have no pain at all, where others are nearly disabled from the short term pain associated. Back pain is difficult to diagnose without a physical exam, but if you have increased pain with increased abdominal pressure, it may be disc. ...Read more
How are the symptoms of a herniated disc different from those of a sequestrated/ruptured disc? Can herniated discs 'pop'?
Symptoms and terms:
Many consider a ruptured disc and a herniated the same thing and use the terms interchangeably. A sequestered disc is a very large disc herniation. Where the disc itself is out of the disc space and behind the vertebral body above or below that level.
symptoms tend to be worse with large herniations but not always. Symptoms include leg pain with numbness and tingling ...Read more
Usually pain: Pain is most common & can be in the neck &/or arms, headaches up the back of the head, pain with coughing/sneezing, pain with head motion or with activity, pain with the arm hanging down but better. Across the chest or overhead, pain associated with numbness/tingling/weakness in arm (s), & even no pain at all as discs can herniate with no symptoms. There can be no pain but just neurologic issues. ...Read more
What is narrowing of the spinal column, its atl4 L5 but have symptoms of a ruptured disk on outer thigh MRI as only 1 image attained clostrophobic?
Spinal Stenosis: Arthritis can cause decreased room in your spinal canal which can produce nerve irritation similar to a herniated disk in certain situations. If you have stenosis at l4-5, you could have pain along the outer thigh, calf and top of foot which would mimic nerve irritation at that level from a herniated disk pushing on the L5 nerve. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm 17 with the rupture disc. I been to the doctor he said surgery is my only option. What do I do?
See specialist: I would recommend that you see a spine specialist or if you already have, seek a second opinion. Hopefully it will get better with conservative care. Surgery would be necessary if you develop a neurologic deficit or if it does not get better in 8 weeks. Check out spine-health. Com. Good luck. ...Read more