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    tlh509 posted:
    Went and saw my Neuro Surgeon today and he said I won't need surgery. The disc is definitely in contact with a nerve, as I saw the picture of the mri. He said about 80% of bulging discs go away by themselves. I am going to have the steroid epidural shots for the pain, he said they can last for maybe a couple of months and have little or no risk, is what he said. Relief!
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    davedsel responded:
    Hello again.

    That is very good you will not be having surgery. Many people do get relief from the steroid injections. Just be aware of all the risks involved despite what your neurosurgeon says.

    I hate to be devil's advocate, but there are always potential risks to any procedure. My wife had steroid injections which helped her back pain but elevated her blood pressure and blood sugar readings. She is now on medication for high blood pressure and diabetes. Personally, I would be very wary of a doctor who used the phrase "little or no risk". Just continue to do your research and proceed with caution.

    I pray you do find relief soon.
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    Blessings,

    -Dave


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