Suffering from L5/S1 disc bulge

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Hi, I have been suffering from L5/S1 disc bulge since 2 years. I am 25 now. I was in Canada when this happend and relied only on PT. After 6 months I got an MRI and under doctor's guidance, I felt lot better for about 6 months. 

I noticed that I feel better when going for PT and get back the pain during maintenance period. I have to sit for 8 long hours at my work and now I am not even able to sit for 30 min at a stretch. Could you please suggest if i should continue going for PT very often or try Accupuncture, or hit the gym and focus on core strength and flexibility under guidance?

MRI report stated: Posterocentral bulge of L5-S1 disc is seen, mildly indenting the thecal sac.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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    Hi there sorry about your injury.

    When was your last mri done the word indenting g would be maybe like putting pressure I think.i have annular tear at l4 and l5 which says disc protrusion which is painful and I can't sit for more than a hour my neurosurgeon has advised me on surgery as disc is damaged.have you been to a neurosurgeon about your symptoms because the pain gets worse the longer it's left which out medical assistance..

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      Thanks for the reply aur448.

      I got my MRI done in January 2015. This injury happemed to me in july 2014. The symptoms are my lower left back is soar and pain goes all through left leg to the calf and the foot, due to which it goes numb sometimes.

      No, i havent seen a neurosurgeon yet. Few people are suggesting to go for acupuncture or continue doing exercises, but to be frank all of these are making me scared and develop a fear that the pain gonna last life time.

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      Gosh I got injured in July 2016 and I have all the symptoms you experience but so severe that I start crying about it often everyday is like that. Please try to see a neurosurgeon as I was also advised wrongly at first and after GPS and orthos before I sought help from a neurosurgeon which was the best decision as I would of been suffering in silence.
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      I feel for you as I had the same problem, you may find the disc is now iritating your sciatic nerve which is causing all the pain in your leg. I strongly suggest you see a back surgeon and have another MRI. Dont waste your money like I did on chiropractors,  physios etc. 

      I had a microdisectomy in Jan 2015 as I didn't see the point of faffing with injections etc. So glad I did, I use to almost be in tears because of the pain. 

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      Thank you for the reply.

      Even I feel the same as i don't see any change even after seeing many PT's.

      I will consider your suggestion. 

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      Good to hear that you have found a better solution. I have heard that it is associated with few risks. Could you tell a littele about your experience? I am scared about surgeries. 
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      There are loads of clips on utube that can give you a great overview. Dan Dobi has compiled a few entertaining videos on his experience.

      It is a half an hour op, but you will be under general anesthetic for about 3 hours. When you wake up the pain in your leg will be gone, however,  it will take about 5-8 weeks before you can go back to work and you will need to undertake light daily physio for about 3 months. There is a 10% chance of reherniating the disc, but it is rare and is partly to do with your ability to rest and follow physios orders. Andy Murray (Tennis) has had one and he won wimbledon the following year,so it didnt do him any harm. 

      Although 18 months on, I have developed a slight phobia to sitting down. I work standing up (laptop) leaning against a stool and same when I go to the pub. When at home I watch TV laying down. I excercise regulalry, but do need to keep on top on exercising my back as it grumbles from time to time.  The sciatic nerve takes several months to mend (a mm a day) so sometimes you get phantom numbness, but that is normal.    

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    Hi..Its been an interesting read on everyones take on your smtoms ! At the moment I'm waiting for a microdiscetomy on my L5/S1. I was seeing a chiropractor a few months ago which ended up a waste of money...However I've been seeing an orthopedic physio while waiting for surgery....I wish i'd seen him a year ago !!..I've had accupuncture but once your disc is bulging it doesn't really help...You might be best getting another MRI and seeing a specialist which has been mentioned....I saw my own doctor which was a waste of time...Ended up going to see a Neurosurgeon !!.....Hope you get well soon,,,,Dave

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    Thank you guys for all the replies.

    I am going to see a neurosurgeon now. Hope evrything goes fine and there won't be any complications.

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