Patient Comments: Herniated Disc - Symptoms

What symptoms did you experience with a herniated disc?

Comment from: dd, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 20

I was in a car accident 11 months ago and have a herniated disc in my lower back. After 6 months of chiropractic care I went to physical therapy to learn core strength exercises to work on at home. The core exercises helped, but I have to do them daily or at least 4 times a week to maintain the benefit. I've also started walked up to 2 miles a day when I can, which is a great help. Before the core strength tour at physical therapy and all the chiropractic care I couldn't even walk one mile.

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Comment from: SuzanneJ, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 18

I am a 40 year old woman who has been diagnosed with Bursitis, then diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis (given Methotrexate - which really threw my liver ALT Counts through the roof). My Rheumatologist finally sent me for an MRI last week (only after 4 years of excessive amounts of pain in both hips). The MRI showed that I have disc disease (or as she put it, herniation disc) between bones 4-5 in my lower back. She then proceeded to tell me that now I have to go back to my GP and get a referral to an Orthopaedic Surgeon, and she can no longer help me. What I don't understand is why this has taken 4 years to determine to send me for an MRI? I just want to be able to walk without pain, and enjoy life. When you're 36, 37, 38, 39, or 40 and have to walk with a cane, and not want to get groceries because the simple act of walking is excruciating, it's not fun, it's not fair, and I just want good quality health care. I don't like this being thrown from one doctor to another.

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Comment from: Mrs Cowdery, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 29

Beacause of a herniated disc I have severe pain when trying to walk, could not put any pressure on my left leg. I was totally immobile until I took codine.

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Comment from: silverfox, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 04

The symptoms of my herniated disc were painful when bending or sitting. Somehow, I have aggravated my back injury. It seems to be putting pressure on my sciatic nerve, causing extreme pain and numbness in my left leg that I have to lift with my hands to get into a car.

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Comment from: HillcrestHall, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 27

I have a right paracentral C4/C5 & bilateral C5/C6 herniations with severe spinal canal stenosis. The pain started a year ago when I fell down the stairs holding my 2 year old. I wrenched my left arm/shoulder pretty badly. Initially the pain was muscular and mainly in the shoulder joint. Over the last 4 months the pain became unbearable in my neck, shoulder blade, shoulder and elbow and I had a hard time just sitting still and not moving the shoulder and stretching my neck. In the last week I am now experiencing severe tingling and pain in my left hand and fingers. I am scheduled for a Cervical Steroid injection in two weeks, but I'm not sure I can wait that long for some sort of relief.

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