Diagnosed with L4-L5 and L5-S1 severe disc prolapse

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I fell from a tree in 2009 and MRI showed that I had central disc prolapse in L5-S1 with annular tear. I was given some medicines and got better in some weeks. Then in 2012 again I felt the same pain it went down to my legs and was very painful. MRI showed same thing disc bulge at L5-S1 and L4-L5 after taking medicines i became fine again. 

Now again I am in same condition worse actually. Mri on 17/1/15 showed severe bulge at L5-S1 and L4-L5, my doctor gave me an epidural injection and the sciatica became fine, but i have developed some strange feeling in the saddle area, it feels weird. All the neurosurgeon tells me or surgery but my doc is a orthosurgeon and is strictly against the surgery. He says that when we cut the disc it will grow back again in some 5-7 years and I will be in same situation. Is it true? 

I feel weird down there but if i pinch i can feel it. Can I have Cauda Equina Syndrome? I am fearing for it.

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    I've had surgery on a L5-s1 disc a couple of months back my doctor/specialist surgeon and physio advised surgery! None of them mentioned it would grow back.

    The Surgeon said my quality of life would be much improved and would be back to playing football lifting weights in a few months.

    I didn't really see any option. Injections just masked the pain and physio was costing me a fortune! Just have to keep up with my exercises and hopefully (touch wood) will be like my old self.


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      Hi Craig, 

      So are you all good after the surgery? How much time did you take to recover? I am 23 years old and really afraid of the surgery. I dont really know whether I need one. orthosurgeon says I will be fine and the neurosurgeon says i need immediate surgery. I am so confused.

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    Nice picture.

    Try stretching your pirifromis which is triangular muscle that runs across the buttock. The sciatic nerve runs either through it or under it and the muscle can put pressure on the nerve causing you pain in the buttock and or leg.

    Also if you can locate the trigger point put pressure on it using thumb or something similar shape and depress for a minute or so that might help relax the muscle.  

    There's quite a bit on piriformis syndrome and what to do about it on the net. 

    Good luck.

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      I have throbbing in my right leg and sometimes tinglings too on feet. If i sit for a 1 hr and then get up, i feel a ringing sensation in the crotch area; but it goes after a minute or so.

      I am doing some exercises like sucking in my belly while lying flat, sqeezing my buttocks and doing the same. 

      I sure will read about piriformis syndrome. 


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      Yes, you are doing all the right things, but you may find you need a microdisectomy; the sequestered disc presses on your nerve that runs down from your back into your foot, so that's why you get pain. The disc heals via scar tissue which takes about 5-6 months to heal. 

      Look up Susan Kaye on youtube Microdisectomy; she is about your age and will cover most of what you need to know.

      The surgeon will take the piece of disk out. probaly take him 20 mins, but you will be out for an hour and a half due to the anesthetic. You will need 5-6 weeks off to recover and it does take that long and then its physio/exercises for 3 months or so until you are fully fit. I am 6-7 weeks post op and had similar problems as Craig. I am very happy I had it done, although recovery is a bit of a bore. No more pain Yippee!

      Piriformis (PS) - lie flat on your back hips fixed to floor and pull the knee across your waist and stretch the buttock. It's worth a try, PS has similar symptoms.

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    Hey Suman, sorry for your pain. Any change in sensation in the saddle area is a big, fat, RED flag i'm afraid. Don't waste any more time in here right now, get straight to the ER for a diagnosis, good luck.
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