Laser keyhole surgery for herniated disc

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Hi  8 weeks of leg pain and back pain, had back pain for yrs. After paying for a MRI scan found I had a herniated disc at L4. One Dr said it was my hip another just gave me muscle relaxants. Was so much better but doing things I shouldn`t have so now back to square one and worse. Been seeing a Physio and she recomends surgery, which I don`t want. Have read about keyhole is this effective? 

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    Hi, don't know if you are in the U.K. But I can't see them doing surgery straight away, they would try more conservative methods first like epidural injections. I am waiting to see a neurologist for my back but have already refused injections once. I really hope you get it sorted as I know exactly what pain you are suffering x

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      Thank you  I am in Uk  I was getting on fine with conservative methods until I found yet again I couldn`t walk or stand up. Slightly better now mind you if they had said it was a slipped disc in the first place and not my hips. things would have turned out differently. Actually my husband a vet said I had a slipped disc instantly!! Apparently its a bad hernination .
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      The last surgeon I saw that offered injections said it would be very painful with little chance of it working! I know no two people are the same but if you look into it you will see lots of people have said it hasn't made any difference. I let my problems go on and on and now have lots of things going on including an infection that nobody found and has healed on the nerve root. I found hot packs help slightly if the pain gets too bad. Take care of yourself x

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      Hi there,

      The injections are ok as long as you are completely relaxed and believing that they are going to work. If you are tensed then its not pleasant. I have had them and they do give relief but lasts only about 8 weeks for me

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      Hi I think my problem is I had a bad experience with epidural during childbirth, I have had the back problems for so long now it won't help me. I now have ddd with modic endplate changes and foraminal narrowing and also had infection that healed on the nerve root. I get pain on walking but am willing to put up with that as long as needed to avoid surgery and the risk of making things worse.

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    Hi,I went to my GP yesterday because I have been in constant pain I have had two hydrocortisone injections in my back that hasn't worked.

    I have spoke to my G P who has referred me back too the hospital to see a orthopaedic physiotherapist to help me with the pain.

    Haven't read about keyhole surgery.It could be worth thinking about.

    Been in constant pain for 3 years. Good luck.

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      Alison I can`t afford to be sent backwards and forwards have a disabled husband who relies totally on me.  Did think about the steriod option but you have just answered my question. Sorry to hear your problem being in pain isn`t fun hope you go on ok
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