Good evening. I've spent a bit of time reading through posts on this site and have enjoyed the input and openness of experiences members have shown.
I'm a 28 year old female, active, good health, non-smoker... Long history of lower back pain which began including leg pain/numbness, foot drop & muscular atrophy of the left leg about 5 months ago. Diagnostics (X-rays, MRI, discography) have shown herniation at L4/5 level, disc degeneration, spinal arthritis and a sacralization of left pelvis. Over the last 6 months the pain has gone from daily 1-4 on a 1-10 scale to daily 7-9 with intermittent immobility. Medication is currently Oxycodone & Tramadol, but receive very little relief from either or the combination of the two. I've gone through a few years of physical therapy, spinal decompression, acupuncture, homeopathic medicine (I used to be in the medical field and am very biomedically-minded... I have been desperate), and epidural injections. No relief. Surgery is scheduled for July 22nd (microdiscectomy), but I'm currently having scheduling issues and hope to have a facet injection prior to the surgery, although neither doctors nor myself really believe it'll help.
I appreciate this forum and the helpful place that this holds for many.