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Lower back pain, leg pain. Done physiotherapy. MRI shows protruding disc. What should I do?

Hi, I am 23 yrs old and I am having continuous back pain in lower back area from past 1.5 yrs. There is also pain in my left leg . I have consulted many doctors but couldnt get any permanent cure. I even undergo physiotherapy for around 5 months. MRI reports show that I have a protruding L4-L5 disk. Recently a doctor advised me to go for a surgery . What should I do?
Asked On : Sun, 23 Dec 2012
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Thanks for the query. In case of disc herniation at L4-5 level, it usually causes low back pain and leg pain. Initially it is treated with pain medicine and physiotherapy sometimes nerve root block is tried for pain relief. However if pain persists for months ( as in your case) and if your MRI findings and clinical findings match then surgery usually gives definitive and permanent cure to this problem.Thanks.
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