Is surgery better in treating a slipp...

Is surgery better in treating a slipped disk?

There are 82 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Nov 21, 2006, titled Is surgery better in treating a slipped disk?. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

A major study intended to determine if sciatica, a burning sensation in the leg caused by a slipped disk, can best be treated by surgery or nonsurgical medical treatment has found that patients receiving either ...

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Gogo girl

Europe

#22 Oct 5, 2007
Really? Didn't know this. Does anyone in here have any experience with alternative treatment, f.ex. acupuncture? I'm reluctant to try osteopath, chiropractors etc as I have an implant in my spine now and fear it might losen but I am willing to try almost anything else. But I'll def speak to the consultant regarding another MRI

“Compromise yourself for no one”

Since: Dec 06

Cajun Country

#23 Oct 5, 2007
Gogo girl wrote:
Really? Didn't know this. Does anyone in here have any experience with alternative treatment, f.ex. acupuncture? I'm reluctant to try osteopath, chiropractors etc as I have an implant in my spine now and fear it might losen but I am willing to try almost anything else. But I'll def speak to the consultant regarding another MRI
Speak with your family doctor or the doctor that did your surgery. Ask for a pain management consult. You may be ok with physical therapy and injection treatment.
ajit

Ryde, Australia

#24 Oct 7, 2007
i had an budge slip disc (L5-S1) last 2 month im doing the therapy and medication now but still im suffering from the pain from slip disc is anyone der who could give me an advise? pls help me..... im only 19 yrs old from philippines....
ajit

Ryde, Australia

#25 Oct 7, 2007
i had a budge slip disc (L5-S1) last 2 month im doing the therapy and medication now but still im suffering from the pain from slip disc is anyone der who could give me an advise? pls help me..... im only 19 yrs old from philippines....
ajit

Ryde, Australia

#26 Oct 7, 2007
i had an budge slip disc (L5-S1) last 2 month im doing the therapy and medication now but still im suffering from the pain from slip disc is anyone der who could give me an advise? pls help me..... im only 19 yrs old from philippines....
ajit

Ryde, Australia

#27 Oct 7, 2007
i had a budge slip disc (L5-S1) last 2 month im doing the therapy and medication now but still im suffering from the pain from slip disc is anyone der who could give me an advise? pls help me..... im only 19 yrs old from philippines.... pls send me a message in my email add.. [email protected]
ajit

Ryde, Australia

#28 Oct 7, 2007
i had a budge slip disc (L5-S1) last 2 month im doing the therapy and medication now but still im suffering from the pain from slip disc is anyone der who could give me an advise? pls help me..... im only 19 yrs old from philippines.... pls send me a message in my email add.. [email protected]
Suj

Shah Alam, Malaysia

#29 Jul 18, 2008
Hi there,
I'm a 35 yr old female, just suffered a L5 S1 slipped disc. The specialist gave me treatment options namely surgery, epidural and bed rest. I chose the non invasive option and after three weeks of bed rest, tense, traction and heat treatment, the pain has largely subsided. Since getting back to work I suffer from numbness in my left leg and pins and needles down the whole leg to the soles of my feet. It feels scary. So far I do not have any problems with bowel and urinary functions. I'm exploring the surgery option as I do not want to develop CE later. Are there any other alternative treatments available? Thanks
Carly

Belconnen, Australia

#30 Jul 23, 2008
Dear Suj,
I am suffering from the same problem, same leg etc. I have taken the step of losing lots of weight and I am now seeing an Osteopath - a bone doctor who specializes in manipulating the muscles around the disc site. If the muscles are not tense, the pain is lessened. I have good weeks and bad weeks. I have been referred to a surgeon for possible treatment. I find this whole thing very demoralizing and upsetting. It does stop you from having a 'Normal"life. I think it's important to focus on what you can do. I have a special chiropractic chair I use at work.
Good Luck!
Baba

Kolkata, India

#31 Aug 5, 2008
Dish wrote:
My wife recently (5 days ago) gave birth to our second child, she is now suffering from extreme pain in her lower back and right leg (sciatic nerve). This has left her unable to walk without assistance and in pain even whne lying down. She had an MRI done yesterday and the results were a slipped disk. Her OB has referred her to a Orthopedic Surgeon, and that appointment will be in two days. My reasons for posting a comment are in interest of gaining some insight as to options for treatment, knowledge of past cases / studies, and personal experience. Thanks in advance
Hey....congrates that u blessed with baby.....
Well.... i m having also the slipped disk from last 4 yrs and having pain in my left leg......so in my short comment....i would like to say that just dont go for the surgery right now for the time being....meet to any Neuro person there and have some excersize first of all. Then see ! wts the result.
SHANOJ SHANMUGHAN

India

#32 Sep 1, 2008
HELOO
i am 25 year old guy i am suffering from l4-l5 l5-s1 disc for the past 8 years i dont know how my future is going to be with this pain i have tried every thing possible i want to knw will excerciseing help me remove the pain. or should i opt for surgery which i feel is risky..
Jennifer in PA

Carteret, NJ

#33 Sep 11, 2008
HOW DID YOUR WIFE MAKE OUT? I ALSO SUFFERED DISC PROBLEMS RIGHT AFTER LABOR? [email protected]
Dish wrote:
My wife recently (5 days ago) gave birth to our second child, she is now suffering from extreme pain in her lower back and right leg (sciatic nerve). This has left her unable to walk without assistance and in pain even whne lying down. She had an MRI done yesterday and the results were a slipped disk. Her OB has referred her to a Orthopedic Surgeon, and that appointment will be in two days. My reasons for posting a comment are in interest of gaining some insight as to options for treatment, knowledge of past cases / studies, and personal experience. Thanks in advance
justin

Trinidad and Tobago

#34 Sep 26, 2008
Hi guys, just seking some info. I just had surgery about 2 weeks ago, no pain since then, however now i am getting a slight pain in my right leg ...any advice?
muskaan

Bangalore, India

#35 Oct 2, 2008
hi i have been suffering lower back pain since i marriage and later diagnoised as a slp disc or a annual tear in l-4 l-5 region since then i have taken lot of treatments thru alopathy and physio therapy ....but of no use later i adopted ayurvedic it really wrks better than any other medical treatments but the only problem is the pain comes back every 15days once before it use to be everday can u say why is tht so .....plz
Prem Gupta

New Delhi, India

#36 Oct 14, 2008
My Wife Kiran (36) is suffering from Slipped Disc (L4-L5) problem, she got this attack 2 years back on 9 Oct 2006, She was recovering well for about 17 months, and then due to exertion and travel (by road) the problem started again, and now she is under severe pain, MRI compared (2006 Vs 2008) shows no improvement rather slightly increase in problem. The disc protrudes in seen dark in MRI.
What to do? is it curable and how? Exercise, Homoeopathy, Physiotherapy, People do not suggest surgery. I need help.
jackie

Okotoks, Canada

#37 Oct 18, 2008
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Ratan

Mumbai, India

#38 Dec 4, 2008
Hi Prem.Can you tell me what treatment did u decide for your wife.I am also suffering from L5-S1 slip disc and am confused which treatment to choose.
Prem Gupta wrote:
My Wife Kiran (36) is suffering from Slipped Disc (L4-L5) problem, she got this attack 2 years back on 9 Oct 2006, She was recovering well for about 17 months, and then due to exertion and travel (by road) the problem started again, and now she is under severe pain, MRI compared (2006 Vs 2008) shows no improvement rather slightly increase in problem. The disc protrudes in seen dark in MRI.
What to do? is it curable and how? Exercise, Homoeopathy, Physiotherapy, People do not suggest surgery. I need help.
sakina mansoor jawadwala

Mumbai, India

#39 Dec 8, 2008
Since last 9 months i am suffering from Slipped Disc problem i have taken lot of treatments like alopathy and physio therapy ....but of no use, right now i am doing Homoeopathy, but its of no use it dsnt give me any relief.I suffer from numbness in my right leg and pins and needles down the whole leg to the soles of my feet.right now i am on complete bedrest I dont wanna go for surgery, please suggest me sumthing. iI dont know wht to do please help.........
Misbah

New Delhi, India

#40 Apr 23, 2009
Q I am 55 years I was diagnosed disc prolapse of L4-L5 on the right side and advised to go for surgery. Another doctor advised me complete bed rest and after taking bed rest for 15 days I became normal. After two years I again had sciatica pain which was relieved by rest.I had severe problem in walking for more than 2-3 mins. My posture itself changed with a tilt to left. I took treatment from a local orthopaedician. His observations is pain at L5-S1. X-ray: lumbar spine spasm ++, total loss of lumbar lordosis. I still have problem in walking. I am able to lift my legs etc. but there is more pain on buttock and less on thigh and calf muscles, ankle.I consulted specialists from gulbarga and was advised to go for MRI scan. His clinical findings are: Left sciatica ++, SLR right 15deg cross +ve, SLR left 30 deg +ve, reflexes- ankle diminished. He is more inclined towards surgery but I am not interested in surgery. Then I consulted another doctor who had seen me two years back. He asked me to continue walking as it was okay. He advised 7 days strict bed rest. I have purchased a traction kit and am taking traction in the morning and evening for 1 hour. Already 5 days are over. I have improved but in the morning when I get up I have severe pain on buttock (left side); no pain on right side. I have not tried walking. My questions are: 1. Can the disc prolapse shift from right side to left? 2. Can I continue the traction for one hour in the morning and then in the evening? 3. How safe is surgery and do I require it? 4. What are the alternatives to surgery? 5. How to increase the disc fluid? Are there any medicines? 6. Will taking bed rest for 1 more week help?
leelee7919

Wingate, NC

#41 Apr 27, 2009
I just want to say one thing. I am 23 year old woman with a 4 year old and a slipped disc which I have had for 5 years. For all of you who say exercise is the answer I would just like to say that is not the answer for everyone. I used to be very athletic and out going. After my car accident I got to the point where I could not drive. I still cant much. It is so painful and inless yo know what it is like then shut up. I get up and do dishes and that hurts to the point i have to sit down. I take care of my daughter but am unable to pick her up cause it hurts so much.
I am in physical therapy for the second time and am going to get epidural injections to try to help and get me moving again. I just want to say that slipped and herniated discs are nothing to play with and you should do exactly what your doctor says. Dont listen to people who tell you to do everything you can. My physical therapist told me that is if starts hurting then dont do it.

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