Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: East metro-Atlanta
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About 4 years ago, I had a large (~ 1cm x 2cm x 2cm) L3/4 extra-foraminal disc herniation that was causing severe pain in my left leg and left lower back. Couldn't walk, couldn't stand, couldn't sit and physical therapy did not help. The only thing that stopped the pain was lots of oxycodone.
In my case, a micro discectomy (a fancy laminectomy through a small incision) eliminated the severe pain literally overnight. The post surgery pain was nothing compared to the herniated disc. I took it easy for a couple of months and have been riding, playing golf, etc. ever since with no problems. Perhaps my surgical results were better than most, but I did not see any other choice if I wanted to be active and avoid lots of pain medication.
Last edited by Barry in GA; 03-04-11 at 05:05 PM.
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