Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
121 Doctors are Online

Trying to heal ruptured disc at L-5 which has protruded into the sciatic nerve. Should I wait for colonoscopy?

User rating for this question
Answered by

Orthopaedic Surgeon
Practicing since : 1994
Answered : 10454 Questions
I should have a colonoscopy (haven't had one since 1985), but am trying to heal from a ruptured disc at L-5 which has protruded into the sciatic nerve. Should I wait a little longer to have the colonoscopy? Will it hurt the disc? I don't want to get set back.
Posted Sun, 7 Oct 2012 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 1 hour later
Thanks for posting your query.
A ruptured disc with the symptoms of nerve compression should be allowed to heal properly before going for a colonoscopy if there is no emergency.
Since you are going to have colonoscopy for diagnostic purposes, you can wait for few weeks more for the disc symptoms to subside. Abnormal body positions during colonoscopy can aggravate the pain sometimes.
You can get yourself examined by your orthopedician for your fitness for the procedure.
I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Please accept my answer in case you do not have further queries.
Wishing you good health.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Procedures
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask an Orthopaedic Surgeon

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor