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Disc herniation at L4-L5 - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   Hi..
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   how I can help you?
Doctor :   can i confirm your deatils? as we may need to get back to you if
the chat hangs due to a tech prob - the net is slow
Doctor :   Email : YYYY@YYYY
Doctor :   Mobile : ?
User :   I would like to get a ph number of an orthopedician that I can call back with my questions. Is that possible?
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   we do not have a free phone facility at the moment
User :   What do you charge?
Doctor :   But I can answer your queries online
User :   oh ok. that sounds good too....
User :   I have a disc herniation at L4-L5 and nerve impingement.
Doctor :   We charge $100 for 40 consultations over the phone
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   which side?
User :   right side lower back...
User :   Finished a couple months of physio therapy, was on ibuprofens for a while and then got a nerve root block shot in November....
Doctor :   do you have any pain shooting down your right leg/ any other problems now?
User :   The pain has now disappeared. I know it is just temporary relief.
Doctor :   ok
User :   My doc said we will wait for a couple months and if the pain is still persistent, we would have to go in for a surgery.
Doctor :   What can I help you with?
Doctor :   ok
User :   Microdiscectomy
User :   What are your suggestions? I am told the surgery can lead to recurring lapses (herniations) at other locations too.
Doctor :   DO you want to get the procedure done in India?
User :   Is that the right procedure,w as my question?
User :   or should I try alternative therapies in India?
Doctor :   it depends onhow much the disc is impinging on the nerve
Doctor :   There is also the spinal canal width which as to be considered
Doctor :   if you have a narrow canal
Doctor :   you may need the surgery as
Doctor :   compared to someone with a broader canal
Doctor :   The deciding factor for the surgery
User :   ok. Due to the nerve impingement, there is a burning sensation in my thighs and some numbness. Of course after the nerve root block shot on my spine, the numbness & burning sensation has reduced.
Doctor :   will be how badly this problem is affecting your daily activites
Doctor :   R u thr?
Doctor :   IF you can see what i'm typing
Doctor :   pls close the browser
User :   Of course after the nerve root block injection the burning sensation & numbness in my thigh has come down substantially. What are the chances that the problem will slowly reduce itself?
Doctor :   and log in again
Doctor :   I cant see if you are typing anything
User :   You there doctor?
User :   are my messages reaching you doc?
User :   Hi...
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