I've been lurking here for a while. I have a herniated disc at L-5 S-1.
According to the MRI there are no other herniations or bulges, nor is there any sign of stenosis. The MRI states that this herniated is "large" (no precise measurement) and "displaces the S-1 nerve root posteriorly"
The orthopedic surgeon's PA (I've only been graced with the almightly surgeons presence once) wants me to have an ESI.
My question is why bother with an injection if that would only help temporarily and if the injection itself is painful (from what I have read)?
My logic is this: if the MRI shows that this is pretty straightforward, because there is nothing else wrong, wouldn't surgery be the best way to go?
I've tried two rounds of oral steriods, which only helped a little and only for as long as I was taking them. They have also given be Vicodin and Flexeril. The Vicodin is no more effective than plain Tylenol. The Flexeril DOES help. This has been going on for four months and I am at the end of my chain!
You folks here are wonderful and are a wealth of information.
Your thoughts please and thanks so much!