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Bulges and Herniations disk

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 9, 2007
  • 07:06 AM

I injured my back 2 yr ago. I have bulges on L4 and Herniations on L5, 3 weeks ago my back pain get worse and my doctor required an MRI which they did it today and my next appointment with my doctor is next week. What I like to know is if L4 disk is Herniated now?, anyone think I need surgery?.

Please any informacion about how my disk look I will appreciate it.

Here are 3 pictures from my MRI




Thanks to all.


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  • It would depend on wether you have any nerves compressed. I have herniated disc at l5-S1 and doctors are acting like its no big deal.If you have anymore questions feel free to email me at bobbycjones2004@yahoo.com. I have gotten pretty good at looking up information online. One really good sight is www.chirogeek.com you will find alot of good information on that site....Bobbyh
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 12, 2007
    • 11:56 PM
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  • How do you transfer your MRI onto your computer from a cd..
    anticourier 7 Replies
    • January 20, 2007
    • 00:20 AM
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  • Hi I am new, But I had the same L5-S1 herniation. Surgical intervention 2 times, didnt help, Finally third time had it fused, worked, Now Two years later, I too have my L4 bulging, Your spinal canal looks pretty good in my opinion, You havent any stenosis, no scar tissue. If it were me, I would wait, but how is your leg pain? How is your back pain, that is what you ought to look at when or when you dont need surgery, I have soreness in my back above my scar. and have pain down my left leg especially when I stand more than 5-10 minutes, sitting is also difficult, I am on pain meds and muscle relaxers (sp) I have muscle spasms quite often, Does any of this sound familiar? My Nurse Pracitioner wants me to go in and have epidural shots, NO way!! I worked in a surgical unit and saw them, and their results they dont work. So maybe I look as though I am being non compliant and dont really have a problem, who knows. But you give me your story... I would like to know about your pain and Drs... Favrex
    favrex 9 Replies
    • February 8, 2007
    • 02:55 PM
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  • Please try acupuncture. It is very effective for disc herniation, especially with electricity or moxibustion therapy. To find a practitioner near you logon to www.acufinder.com and type in your zip code. Surgery can be a slippery slope and often patients are left in worse pain than before. Please give acupuncture a try and give it at least 6 treatments as you have a chronic condition and will take time to heal. Best wishes.DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 8, 2007
    • 03:33 PM
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  • Surgery can be a slippery slope and often patients are left in worse pain than before. Best wishes.DOMHi .Your not wrong there. I have /had a L5/S1 prolapse. I had a microdiscectomy on it because of back pain and right leg/buttock pain. It was the worst decision i have ever made. I had sciatica in both legs down to my feet after surgery left leg has got better now and i think the right is starting to as well, but the back pain is unbelievable twice as bad as b4 i now get electric shocks if i try and bend sit or when walking. What i would like to know if anyone could clear it up for me is.I'm in litigation with my employer over my accident .One doctor says it would of been 3 years b4 my back would of prolapsed the other doctor states a few days after the accident Anyway the second doctor says because i had degenerative disease that my back could of and would of prolapsed no matter what i was doing .Does anyone know if he is right or is he just trying any way out for my employer?. Im 40 btw and i believe 30% of 30 to 60 year olds have a degenerative backThanks Jim..
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 15, 2007
    • 00:42 AM
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