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Slipped Disc (Herniated Disc)

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Comment from: Prolapse warrior, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 12

I have had prolapsed discs for six months now and the pain started with pain from waist down to my right leg. I woke up and couldn’t get out of bed, so the doctor gave me strong painkillers which help me function. I also had to get the epidural injection which corrected my crooked body. I have been doing the McKenzie exercise and that sometimes helps the nerves in the front leg so I can stand and be functional, but it still hurts, especially my knee. I get hot and cold sensations and tingling; the pain moves across the leg.

Comment from: Sally , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 08

I have had a slipped disc for 6 months. I have very weak legs and can hardly walk. I have severe pain 24 hours, and physiotherapy made it worse. I don’t know what to do, no MRI till September, and that will be 9 months the disc is pressing on my spinal cord. I hope I don’t get nerve damage.

Comment from: carrie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 26

I had a C-section in 1999 for child birth. The epidural shot left a dent in my 3rd and, 4th vertebrae in the lumbar region. For years, touching the indentation made me nauseous. After two recent MRIs, I'm told that the indentation is a herniated disc.

Comment from: Fakhar, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 04

I have a lower back pain since 8 months. I consulted with many doctors and they also advised many medicines and I took, but could not get much relief with my pain. When I got my x-ray for my lower back pain, and seen by a doctor, he said that it’s a matter of spasm and all the signs seems to be fit, and he also suggested some medicines with cold and warm stuff on the spot, but with nil result. Now, I understand that it is the slipping disc of my spinal cord.

Comment from: Youngblood, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 24

I work for an industrial contractor. My job involves heavy lifting, overhead work, and repetitive movements. While out from a shoulder injury at the end of January, I was able to work around my home with restrictions. I was able to lift 30 pounds per doctor’s orders. Three months into the shoulder injury, I experienced a pain in my lower back and hip one morning. It went down the right leg to the knee within a day. The pain was terrible. There were cramps spasms and numbness. I went to my family doctor and he advised me to get an MRI and an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon. I did and had an MRI showing a ruptured disc. After one epidural injection the pain is more bearable.

Comment from: Gilly, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 28

I experience sharp pain in my lower back that rendered me unable to stand on shaking legs followed by excruciating pain.

Comment from: Hana, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I experienced severe pain from my back to the right buttock down to my right thigh, knee, calf and toes. It happened after I pushed my side table to another position. I developed the pain after two days. It was unbearable. I’d rate the pain score at 8. I went to see the doctor. I described the pain as excruciating and at times I felt twitching and numbness. I learned from the gym center for slipped discs that I had a slipped disc. I was diagnosed by the doctor.

Comment from: caz, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 29

I have multiple prolapsed discs in the lumbar spine. The area of the prolapse appears to be dented and pushing towards the front of my body.

Comment from: maria, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 03

I fell off a ladder five years ago an over time, my lower back pain has gotten worse. It runs down buttocks an around groin area, down the thigh and knee. I’ve done physical therapy twice.sc now back to square one.

Comment from: Someone frm Malaysia, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 03

It is depressing to know that the damage is permanent. There is nothing I can do to fix it and I am only in my early thirties. My son is only 11 months old and I won't be able to carry him that often. I believe it was caused by a skiing accident more than 10 years ago. I have been suffering from back pain ever since. The symptoms were exaggerated by my working conditions where I sit for long hours. I regret that I took my back for granted. Now there is nothing I can do. I have to wear corset every day.

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Comment from: momico, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 06

Two years ago I had a collapsed disk fracture. It caused horrible pain I had to go to emergency. While I was in the hospital a kyphoplasty was performed to raise the disk. The terrible pain was gone but then after a second MRI it showed that the kyphoplasty did not take as it should. Now I get dull pain on the left side of my lower back when I stand too long it gets worse if I don't sit down and rest. I thought the procedure I had was a very successful procedure but because I have osteoporosis it did not work as it should have. I still have the sciatica too. I was told major surgery is my only option left since I also have spinal stenosis.

Comment from: getechsci20104, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 14

I had severe pain with pressure/heaviness when disk is herniating. Just prior to this; pain would move from one side to another and pain/weakness moving/lifting leg(s) to walk/move.

Comment from: kecharene, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

I've had back problems since 1991 due to having my son and always carrying him around. Now I'm much older and the pain just gets worst. Theres times where I find myself crawling when I get an episode. All they can do is medicate you but the problem keeps coming up. I'm too scared for surgery but I will see what other options they have for me.

Comment from: Male Published: July 15

With my slipped disc, I felt pain in my upper back. I can feel the pain all the way through my neck, right and left shoulders, upper and lower back, and chest. The pain is not constant however I can feel pain during certain movements. Also I feel full torso pain while sneezing, and occasionally while breathing.

Comment from: Ekaterinano1, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 18

With my slipped disk I had severe back pain, neck pains and pain when walking.

Comment from: suefromliverpool, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 15

I lifted something quite heavy and the next day had an excruciating pain in my left leg, going into my knees, and right down to my foot. There was numbness in my underside of foot, and side of foot. I had severe tingling around the genital area. I also suffered the pain in my bottom, hip and groin area and this happened five months ago. Surprisingly, I hardly had any pain in my back, just a vague feeling above my bottom, but most of the pain in bottom knees and feet with all the neurological signs. I worked for three months with it, and was seeing a physiotherapist and then it started with tingling around the vaginal area and was told to cease work immediately and had an MRI scan one week later. This showed a disc prolapse at L5 and disc degenerative changes to L2 and L3. They thought that I had something to do with the bowels and bladder and were very concerned. Doctors said that resting my back is most important and then go back to work, and only do light duties. I put work before my health and I’m sorry I did that.

Published: April 08

When I had a slipped disc, I had swelling just above buttocks, pain in buttocks and lower back, and legs and general weakness.

Comment from: Jiten, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 18

I am just turned 35 in Feb 2011. I felt the severest and most unbearable continuous back pain. I was unable even to take a turn or walk. I was put on bed rest for 40 days, yet I feel highly traumatized.

Comment from: Ernest, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 22

I was diagnosed with a herniated disc of the c5-6 in the neck. That was almost four months ago, and since then I have suffered pain from my left shoulder and all down my left arm and hand. It eases when I relax my muscles, but I have to make a concerted effort to relax, which is hard, and my job involves constant keyboard work which doesn't help things. I'm just finishing a course of cortisone/steroid/vitamin B injections, and have been prescribed Lyrica to relax my muscles. Four months down the line and I still have constant pain, although the muscle relaxant medication does help with the pain.

Comment from: JENNIFER, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 18

I was suffering for over a year with severe back pain. I then woke up one morning and could not walk. I was admitted into the hospital and the doctor sent me in for a x-ray, but couldn't find the problem. They then sent me for a MRI scan and discovered I had a slipped disc. I was told they were going to operate and remove it. I felt relieved for a while. Now I have severe back pain and my right leg has numbness and tingling. The symptoms have all come back.

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Comment from: Ganti, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 19

For few months I had back pain which is not in a specific place. Sometimes it is above the buttocks sometimes below or one side of buttocks like no specific position. Suddenly I felt in one day pain on my right thigh. I consulted doctor he advised same things what is mentioned in the article. I am going for exercise as advised by the physiotherapist there is good improvement from last few days.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 18

My slipped disc pain is in the buttocks, groin & legs.

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