I was diagnosed w/ Arnold Chiari Type 1 malformation w/ 4mm herniation in 2001 and diagnosed w/ a herniated L5/S1 4mm in 2013. I have undergone cortisone shots with minimal relief. Can you please tell me if the two can be related, and if I undergo surgery for the herniated disc, can it affect my Chiari
Hello, my name is Michael. I have COPD, High blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes. For over a year now I’ve had degenerative disc disease and a herniated disc in my lower disc. In April 2014, I had surgery to shave that disc to relieve the pressure on the nerve. It has ruptured and is putting pressure on the nerve again. It’s really painful. My back surgeon now wants to do a Hemilaminectomy and a Discectomy. He wants to do a two part - Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) / Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF) surgery. I’m not sure if I want to take the chance on such a major surgery since the first one didn’t work and I had such a hard time with the first one. My questions are: Should I have this surgery or try to live with as it is using a pain management program? I’m considered 100% disabled now, if I elect not to have this surgery, will I be approved for disability retirement?
Four months ago I had a laminectomy and decompression on L-4 and 5 because of problems from spondylolesthesis. The disc at L-5/S-1 had desinigrated, L-5 had slipped forward and the bones had fused. My symptoms before surgery were aching across low back and a tired heavy feeIng in both legs. Now after surgery, I don t really have a problem with my left leg but my low back aches most of the time and I have almost constant pain around my right hip and down my right lower leg on the outer aspect of the tibia and across the top of my foot at ankle level. The doctor put me on gabapentin and I am getting PT with a little slow improvement, although I still cannot walk very far without sitting down to rest my leg. I can no longer tap dance or clog which are two of my favorite forms of exercise. Another thing to consider is I have rheumatoid arthritis which I think has some effect on this pain
Hello Doctor. I'm 25yrs old, 164cm, 61kgs guy from India. I had a acute disc prolapse L4-L5 & sciatica while palying football 3 yrs ago. I went for conservative treatment nerve manipulation. I was back to normal. 3 weeks ago I have got back the same pain due to travelleing on bumppy roads. MRI report Mild rethrolisthesis of L4 over L5 posterior disc bulge with annular tear and mild caidal migration at L5-S1 level. Doctor says L5-S1 problem may lead to Impotence. I'm worried, I'm not yet married. Over the last few months when I masterbate I'm unable to ejaculate in standing position. Only by sleeping on my back i can ejaculate. Please explain my symptoms.
My husband is in need of a pain management dr in southern Illinois Hes had a herniated disk cleaned up in nov and in pain ever since. Never given meds. Can t walk without severe pain and cane. And know pain dr wants to burn nerve endings...oh and workmanship comp case. So we feel like we are at their mercy. Don t trust this dr and am afraid of more problems..,help?????
I have sciatica, fibromyalgia, bulging disc @ L4-5, degenerative disc disease, severe nerve damage. Question is .. constant diarrhea, I have to wear an adult diaper because of 'leakage', but also I seem to keep getting kidney infections, burning when I urinate, severe lower back pain, nausea. Any ideas on what all this could be? please... I probably misspelled some of this. I apologize
hi, 12 weeks ago i had surgery to repair herniated disc c-5 & 6 & C6&7... on may 11 my xrays showed one small pc. of calcium in my esophagus then on july 29 the xray showed about 10 or 12 pc all building up together and i can always feel it in my throat. Should i be worried?
I a looking for a really great back doctor. I need a hip replacement ,but after MRI my doctor will not do it until I see a back doctor. He said I have a couple of bulging discs and wantsto make sure that doesn't need to be done first. I have been...
I was in ER recently for severe back pain which was making me almost pass out and throw up. A bone specialist said CT imaging showed bones look fine, no kidney stones were evident, and blood and urine analyses did not show renal impairment....