I am sure this is an old story for most of you but I need advice.. (I will try to keep it short!)
About 2 years ago I went into the doctor complaining of stabbing pain in my right buttocks and a little numbness down my right leg. I tried PT for quite some time only to see no relief. I learned to live with it..
A year went by and the numbness got worse and the pain did as well. However at this point I had full strength in my legs. Got worse the longer I stood up. I went to another doctor that took an MRI and he sent me to a neurosurgeon here that specializes in backs. Apparently I have a fracture on my L5 which has resulted in that putting pressure on my sciatic nerve.. I tried 2 different types of meds, stretching, went in for 2 injections over this time and nothing has seemed to work. Dr. said that surgery is last option and should not be explored until I lose strength in the leg. Ok?? So I have learned to love daily with the pain..
This past week the pain got too much to handle. Today I actaully went to the emergency room. I feel ok tonight because I am filled with drugs and I go into see my DR next Thursday. The pain is such a stong stabbing feeling that I could not really move at all and it was hard to breath. The shooting pain actaully has moved around into my groin area as well.. Here are my questions:
Do I consider surgery? My DR told me they would go in and shave some bone tissue off of my hip and fuse that area together with a few pins.
If I do not do suregery what types of medications or alternatives are available??
Last, if anyone has had this type of surgery I sure would like details about pain, healing process, etc...
Thanks in advance for any help to this newbie!