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Slipped disc

I've got a slipped disc at L3 and nothing is helping to relieve the pain and discomfort and it's affectingt he way I walk. What else can I do?

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The answer

This level of debilitation in your spine may require its management at the specialist level. If you are a candidate for referral onto a specialist, because your pain relieving medication is not relieving your pain successfully; then some of the following surgical options may be offered to you by a neurological or orthopaedic surgeon:

Discectomy, microdiscectomy, laminectomy, laminotomy, foraminotomy, disc replacement or spinal fusion.

You would need to discuss the benefits and risks of each of these procedures.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses  

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