For the last 1-2 months my left leg, Dull stabbing pain in left buttocks, down my hamstring to calf and then tingling in toes. Hurts most in morning and sitting for more than an hour.
Question is, the pain seems to go away mostly when I start moving around, walking, or doing things. When I sit for more than an hour the pain starts coming back.
The MRI showed Left-Side disc protrusion with Extruded fragment 8-10 mm at L5-S1.
Ortho Dr. said try cortisone shot first, see if helps. Are these cortisone shots good for the disc in the long run?
Dr. said if it doesnt help then the surgery that lasers off the protrusion.
Bottom line question should I get the surgery, is a 8-10 mm protrusion big or not? Will surgery help for the long run.