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Bulging Disc, No Relief


Hello everyone, I’m new on here. I know this is a really old thread, but I’ve been researching and here I am . I have just received by 3rd epidural shot for a bulging disk…L5/S1 surgeon recommended I’d have one last try on a different angle, after having no relief from first 2. Hopefully you are doing well and hopefully you’re still on T NATION…I’m wondering if you had the surgery and what was the outcome? I’d appreciate it if any other members who had or have similar issues could chime in too. Thanks a lot, it’s great to be on this forum…can’t believe I’ve never come across it before. Btw I’m 51.

back surgery?

Physiotherapy/physical therapy is worth a go but may take months and is no sure solution. Even if you’ve already seen a physical therapist its worth trying with another practitioner because the skills, experience and treatment approaches can vary even among specialists.

Short of this surgery seems like your only option. Can’t speak from personal experience but people I know have had success, experiencing relief from their symptoms. Surgery may seem a bit extreme but it is rather common and low risk and for the benefit of relieving symptoms and just overall better quality of life for years to come it’s worth it.

Your healthcare practitioner or surgeon is a great source of information on the topic and will probably gladly answer any questions you have. Online much information on procedures can be found


What treatments have you tried? Seen a good chiro knowledgabe of weight training populations?

Basically exhaust all options before you go under the knife.

Check out a bunch of vids on this guys channel -has lots of good ideas for freeing up the back…


Thanks for your reply…I’ve done 8 weeks of pt…also went to a chiropractor who gave me more or less the same exercises as pt. He also had a hand held massage device… like a carpenters jigsaw with a rubber ball on it… anyway it felt good for about an hour and then back to normal… I do my exercises religiously every day which help me get by. I haven’t tried reverse hypers yet, but will right away. Thanks again. Now I shall watch your video.


Lumbar disc bulges can now be reduced with stem cell and PRP procedures. Check it out:



Very interesting, but don’t have resources for that kind of treatment.