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
I have been diagnosed with a herniated disc, L5 S1. I have run a low grade temp for about 6 months off and on. This not typical of me. I forgot to ask my doctor if the temp was related to the herniated disc. Is this a possibility? Or is there something else?
spinal fusion. I had my s1 l5 l4 fused in Sept and I have not had a day with no pain is that normal I feel like once the Dr did surgery I get no help from their office and lately my pain had been so bad I almost went to er the other night. should I get another MRI or is this normal? also I have a lump that is 12 cm side to Side and 7 cm up and down next to my insion on my stomach had cat scan ultra sound and laperscopic surgery and had six Dr look at it and not know what it is. please help me.
Is it a dangerous condition to have a bulging disc at L4-L5 and a herniated disc at L5-s1 both of which are compressing the thecal sac. Patients symptoms are intermittent back pain and intermitten pain on left side of buttock and mild pain in left foot
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....