|I am 28 years old and was very active. Four months ago I injured my back at work and just learned I have a ruptured disc l4 l5. I am soon to get epidural steroid injection and was told by my doctor that I would probably have to have surgery. If there is anyone out there with any other recommendations I would be grateful. I am going through moderate nerve pain down my left leg. This is not debilitating but does keep my from my normal activities. Should I try physical therapy? The pain is bad enough that I dont want to live with the rest of my life but I could. I view surgery as the last option. Please respond with any info.
| If your are having severe pain that is effecting your way of life and have tried all non surgical options my advice would be to find a surgeon you trust and get somehting done. I saw 4 orto. Surgeons before
i finally found the right one for me. Im not %100 sure that I will be better but even now I feel it was worth the chance.
|i am 37 years old and also have a ruptured disc at L4-L5...i went and seen my neuro surgeon and he recommended that he perform a TLIF also known as "Transforamianl Lumbar Interbody Fusion." the doc removes bone or degenerative disc that may be pressing on the nerves or your spinal cord causing pain.It allows the doc to fuse together the bones in your spine that may be causing instability of your spine.Your doc will use instrumentation like titatium rods and screws to hold the bones of your spine in place while your spine is growing together or "fusing". Fusion usually takes six weeks to begin to occur!! i am going to get this surgey done soon so i will let you all know how it goes!! i am scared to death but i am also sick of being in pain and i taking presciption pain pills to cover the pain... so what have i go to lose???|
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