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MRI showing broken disc pushing the nerve. Severe pain on standing and walking, numbness. Any other treatment options other than surgery?

I had an mri which showed a piece of a disc has broken off and is pushing against the nerves to my right leg. Dr. mentioned L1 L2 area. I have had intense pain when standing, straigtening the leg or walking and now I have numbness in the leg as well. This began 30 days ago. Is there a chance this would resolve on its own or is surgery the only option?
Asked On : Fri, 4 Jan 2013
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

Based on the MRI findings, the problem seems to be severe, and the chance of improvement without surgery is less. However, in most cases, one has to give a chance for conservative management. This includes rest, physiotherapy and neuropathic pain medications such as pregabalin.
If the above measure fail, then, surgery can be considered.

Best wishes,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
Answered: Tue, 13 Aug 2013
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