Not all herniated discs are the same. They come in all shapes and sizes, and this one qualifies as massive. The herniated disc was so big that it was pressing on the nerves on the right side and the left side of this patient's low back. We see some big ones and this is definitely top 3.
This 49 year old female presented to our office with a very large herniated disc and severe back pain. Her pain started in 2010 and over time was definitely getting worse. An average day of pain for her was a 4 and when it got bad it was up to an 8-9 (ten being the worst).
- Before she came to see us she had some physical therapy at a well-known clinic. Then in August of 2013 she received 2 injections of cortisone in her back.
Because those therapies did not work she ended up in the office of a Neurosurgeon. He said she needed surgery, but before he would do the surgery she needed to lose weight. He wanted to perform a fusion surgery, the most costly and the most complicated of all back surgeries.
She reluctantly decided that the surgery was her only option because she couldn’t live with the pain any longer. The herniated disc and sciatica were so bad that the doctor advised her not to exercise, so she had to lose the weight by restricting her calories. (Probably the hardest way to lose weight)