Hi all. It's been about one year since my L4-L5, L5-S1 fusion. My lower back pain is better, but the sciatic pain down my right leg is driving me nuts. After more PT and meds my surgeon finally gave me an epidural injection today. I am actually stating to get frustrated with him at this point. I feel like I am having to pull information out of him.......Why is this nerve irritated? What is irritating it? What is the long term fix now that it's obviously not a disc protruding (fusion)? There was talk once of removing the hardware, but that hasn't come up in awhile. I'm wondering if I should consider talking to another MD while I'm waiting to see if this injection is going to work.
Any ideas or opinions?