Has anyone gotten a surgery/shots for a herniated disc

Cyborg009

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Oct 28, 2017
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So I've recently had a car accident where I had my car totaled and left me a bit banged up. I had a MRI done and it looks like I have two herniated discs in my lower back. My doctor told me that I could have surgery or steroid shots. But looking around online people who usually get the non evasive shots will normally see symptoms return again. I wanted to know if anyone else experience anything like this?
 

TonyusMaxinus

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Oct 25, 2017
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I had a herniated disc 2 years ago. Worst pain I've ever had. I had the shot and it didn't help me. I had micro-disc surgery and its like it never happened. It was life-ruining pain and I'm very lucky it worked for me. I haven't had any pain since like 2 weeks after the surgery. Good luck and I hope you get relief in what ever you do.
 

THE210

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Nov 30, 2017
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I've had several injections with varying results but the shots themselves were simple enough. I'm afraid of having surgery as bad results there can cause things to become much worse.
 

Daria

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steroids, like a cortisone injection, are only temporary anti-inflammatorys. you may be able to go a few weeks or a few months without having to go get another one, depending on the drug, dose, and your body’s physiology
 

collige

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I didn't have a herniated disc specifically, but I have degenerative disc disease. I would recommend the cortisone shot; the procedure is quick and easy. Obviously, if it doesn't work, you should go get the surgery, but I can't see any benefit in going straight for a more risky, expensive procedure that might not be necessary.

My personal and medical opinion is that back surgery would be my absolute last resort in almost all situations.
^ What he said.
 
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I had the option of surgery many years ago but the doc told me there was a tiny chance of being Incontinent if it didn't go perfectly and I noped the fuck out of that.

Ended up trying and failing to deal with the pain for a while and then slowly exercising, more specifically lifting weights, helped a lot. I'm not 100% but I can play sports now and I even played a couple of seasons of American football.

Of course that was after a few years of being totally useless and being unable to even put on my socks at times. Back problems are the fucking worst.
 

Dalek

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I have to get the shots every 4 months. I wish I could get it more often...
 

Emerson

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My personal and medical opinion is that back surgery would be my absolute last resort in almost all situations.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Suffering from a herniated disc at the moment. It fucking sucks.

The epidural will be my first option but if the pain doesn't improve significantly soon I'm looking at surgery. I can't function.
 

mattiewheels

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Oct 27, 2017
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A steroid epidural shot completely saved me from feeling like a cripple from sciatica, with no significant pain in 4 years since. It’s the best thing I ever did for the pain.
 

ZackieChan

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Of course that was after a few years of being totally useless and being unable to even put on my socks at times. Back problems are the fucking worst.
I had about a year of this. It was awful. Luckily, exercise and physical therapy has gotten be mostly back to normal. Wake up with pain/stiffness nearly every morning, though. Not bad enough for any kind of surgery.
 
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Cyborg009

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I can still function fine just long drives from sitting down too long or working out brings the pain. I think I'll do the shot first then we'll see how it goes.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I had about a year of this. It was awful. Luckily, exercise and physical therapy has gotten be mostly back to normal. Wake up with pain/stiffness nearly every morning, though. Not bad enough for any kind of surgery.
Yeah I never feel like my back is totally right but being able to play contact sports again was nuts. The funniest thing was I was able to play two seasons hitting and tackling people with no problem other than some stiffness but I put my back out flipping a tyre in training and was useless for a couple of weeks.

I'm too old for that now so am stuck with cricket but even that isn't safe, I smashed the shit out of a ball in practice and my back went again due a couple of weeks.

It sucks but it's better than the risk of surgery going wrong. I had a minor knee surgery a couple of years ago but I wouldn't let someone poke around near my spine unless it was absolutely the last resort.
 

ZackieChan

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Yeah I never feel like my back is totally right but being able to play contact sports again was nuts. The funniest thing was I was able to play two seasons hitting and tackling people with no problem other than some stiffness but I put my back out flipping a tyre in training and was useless for a couple of weeks.

I'm too old for that now so am stuck with cricket but even that isn't safe, I smashed the shit out of a ball in practice and my back went again due a couple of weeks.

It sucks but it's better than the risk of surgery going wrong. I had a minor knee surgery a couple of years ago but I wouldn't let someone poke around near my spine unless it was absolutely the last resort.
I occasionally make a wrong move during exercise that brings back the sciatica for a week or so. Sucks living with this.
 

ISOM

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I've heard people who work out to strengthen their back and core muscles tend to have back pain disappear. That might help and as other said, back surgery should be a last resort.
 

ThiefofDreams

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I got a shot once and the needle slid off my bone and hit an auxiliary nerve and made my body reflexively jerk almost completely off the bed.
 

Eidan

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I had a cervical herniation two years ago. Easily the most painful thing I’ve ever experienced. It took time but I eventually got better. I’d say it took about six weeks for the pain and tingling to go away. By four months I was lifting like I used to, but severely weak in the part of my body that was hurt by the herniation. These days I feel nothing outside of the occasional crick in my neck that leaves me paranoid for a couple of days.