30 year old male diagnosed with a prolapsed disc

by Stephen
(Ireland )

This is the level above: L4-L5.

This is the level above: L4-L5.

I have an agonising pain in my left thigh, running down the back of my leg, into my calf and a burning sensation in my toes for about a month now.

Then recently the pain has got lighter but I have a slight pain in my right abdomen and left arm all the way into my wrist; my doctor has proscribed me with naproxen 500 which I don't find any good.

I'm also on a waiting list for a spinal injection and was wondering if this will work; if anybody is going thought the same symptoms I'd like to hear what's working to help use with your pain.

Hello Stephen,
You mention no back pain, so this is indeed difficult. You probably have a complete prolapse and you need to watch out for weakness developing in the lower leg. Can you stand on your toes on that leg?

Is the pain and tingling on the outside of the foot? It's probably the L5-S1 disc.

If you bend slowly forward is the affected leg much tighter, or painful?

As I said in my email, do the Slump Test for sciatica, found at Chiropractic Help in the nav bar. Keeping to this thread let me know the result.

If you are able and willing to stop for 4-6 weeks and have a very skilled chiropractor, you may be able to avoid surgery.

If you indeed have no back pain, rather push for an MRI. The spinal injection isn't likely to work.

Meantime be very careful. Using Search again, type in slipped disc rules and follow them to the letter. You are I fear on the verge of major back surgery; by following these rules you may be lucky and escape it. It's a good sign the pain is lessening.

The pain in your tum is probably from the naproxen; tell your doctor about it immediately. I'm not sure about the pain in the arm; probably unrelated.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings. I hope this has contributed.

Dr B

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