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  • sarora
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    Hi Dr. Corenman,

    I was wondering if you could quickly analyze these partial shots of an MRI. They’re just image URLs on a popular image site, so no downloads are required.

    I have right leg pain with positive straight leg and crossed straight leg tests. I can live fine without medication, the pain is usually mild but sometimes flares up.

    Thank you in advance!

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    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    You have a disc hernation at L5-S1. The images are incomplete but your symptoms are the key to your situation. I just wrote a thread that applies to you: “When to have surgery” under “treatments” that you can peruse. If you are living with the symptoms and your lifestyle is acceptable, you do not need surgery.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
     
    Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
    sarora
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    Thank you. I am going to have an epidural soon, and I hope that will help.

    To be honest, I’m not sure if I need surgery. My pain is not bad, and I can walk, run, drive, etc. Its only if I’m sitting for a while and I get up and start walking that the pain is most prevalent. Also, if my leg is attempted to fully straighten, it hurts. It’s about 80-90% leg pain vs. lower back.

    My biggest issue is that I walk with a limp. The pain is mild after walking for a few minutes but there’s still the slight limping of the lower leg. Do you have any reccomendation for that?

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