I've been experiencing extreme pain in my lower back/buttocks for about 3 months. I've gone through 2 months of physical therapy with little to no relief. MRI shows a broad-based protrusion of L5-S1 disc and DDD of L4-L5 disc. The pain is mostly when I sit. To be able to work, I have to recline my chair to a ridiculous angle and sit with either an ice pack or heating pad and tens unit at all times. Doc gave me Tylenol 3 & Flexeril during the day and Percocet at night. Nothing gives me much relief but laying down and even that hurts sometimes.
I had an appointment with a Neurosurgeon today and he said based on the pictures I should have pain radiating down my left leg and weakness, but I have neither. Sometimes it hurts in my joints on one side or the other when my back is bothering me, but only occasionally. The pain is pretty much equal on both right and left. It mainly hurts in my lower spine area and in my upper buttocks.
The pain is severe enough to bring me to tears at times.
The Neurosurgeon wants me to have a direct nerve injection on my left side only to see if surgery will even help. He says not all my puzzle pieces fit together.
I went in feeling hopeful, like there would be a resolution to my problem, but now I'm feeling hopeless because I don't fit their perfect mold of a textbook case.
I hurt so much and it affects every part of my life. I'm a computer programmer by trade so not being able to sit for long is really affecting my home life and my work life.
I don't know what to do.
Any help/suggestions are appreciated.