Have a herniated disc (L5) that is bulging out an down. Never really got the numbers but it is causing pain down my left leg and into my foot. Two doctors have recommended surgery but I started with an Epidural injection this last Monday. Received enough relief that I can now sleep on my side and walk and stand for short intervals, however any attempts to walk or sit are painful. Will receive next shot on Monday and am hoping for more relief.
I am taking 4mg Dialautin/hydrocordone? and it seems to dull the pain, but the new doctor says he wont prescribe it and is giving me 7.5mg Vicodin instead. Im also going to try clebrex as a nurse friend suggested it may help with the inflamation. Any advice is appreciated.
As far as a Partial microdisectomy should I move forward if the shots dont give me considerable relief? Im a 38yr old male in relatively good shape my chiropractor says Im young enough to recover and be OK.
Will read other posts to see some answers?
Now on to how this happened. I had very mild pain in my left leg for about two moths finally decided to see a doctor who took an xray looked at me for 5 minutes and said you have herniated disc and "it will go away in a few months"!
He said I should get therapy. I went to one session of therapy and the pain got worse. They said it was part of the treatment. After the third session I went and saw a chiropractor whom immediately ordered me an MRI. The day of my MRI I could not walk or do anything but lay on my back or stomach. I suffered my way to the MRI to find out about the herniation.
Was my Doctor at fault? Should I have been given therapy? I don't really want to sue anybody I just want to know if the therapy worsened my herniation.