Hi everyone, I'm new here and looking for info. My sciatica pain started about a yr and a half ago. Sharp stabbing pain in left cheek shooting down to foot.Started after telling MD I had lower back pain for several months.He then had me lie on table, manipulated my legs and had me lie on my stomach and pushed on my spine from bottom to top.Next day the shooting pain began.When I told him he got upset & said "fine then, I'll send you to a doctor to give you shots in your back" I said "fine".That MD is no longer my doc.First shot relieved pain for several months.Then had 2 get a second, again worked several months.This year pain came back as occasional shooting in left cheek and constant burning down left leg.Had 2 more shots.Pain now comes & goes mostly sometimes so bad it wakes me at night & I have 2 sleep on recliner and sometimes my back totally goes out & leaves me flat on my back for a couple days & gradually gets better in about a week.After the last shot I now also have tingling in calve & foot now for short periods with pain that is pretty constant although the level of pain changes.Last years MRI showed nothing really but 3 bulging disks.Last months MRI showed :L3-L4 mild broad based disc bulge.shallow protrusions intaforminally bilaterally.Contact of transitioning L4 nerve roots.Mild to moderate bilateral neural foraminal narrowing.Disk material comes very near the exiting nerves at the level of the neural foramen without definite contact of nerves.mild facet hypertrophic changes.mild central spinal stenosis.
L4-L5:progression of degenerative changes at this level.The broad based disc bulge identified on the prior study now has small central and paracentral left shallow extrusion extending 3.5mm below the superior endplate of L5.Moderate to severe bilateral recess stenosis and mild to moderate cental spinal stenosis.Contact of the transitioning L5 nerve roots and possible affect of the transitoning L5 nerve roots.Contact of the exiting nerves at the level of the neural foramen, right greater than left.mild ligamentum flavum thickening and mild facet hypertrophic changes.There is enhancment of the disc within the right neural foramen and centrally.I also had loss of bladder control last summer after the first steroid shot.Seen urolagist(sp) and had surgery for that which was the incertion of mesh.Now I wonder if that surgery was necessary or if the problem could have been caused by my nerves?? I know this is long, I'm sorry but I have made an appt with a neurosurgeon for the end of the month and was just wondering if anyone could tell me if surgery should be considered.The pain doc said it was an option or I could have another shot.Since the last 2 didn't do much I figured another shot might not be the answer. I'm having a nerve conduction test wednsday ordered by my brand new family doc.