I'm new to the site and hope the members can help me sort out my issues. I have two herniations at the L4 and L5. The L5 herniation is severe, poking and hanging out of the vertebrae. I have had three epidural cortisone shots this year which rid me of the pain in my butt, thigh, and foot. But, I reinjured the area and now have a worsening of the sciatic symptoms. This time, my foot not only tingles, but is half numb. New mri shows a little more herniation at L5 than earlier this year. Have been taking Daypro and Lyrica but have had mixed results. Pain this morning is bad.
Is the next step surgery? I read about microdiscectomy but what about vertebra replacement? I'm lost. Have an appointment to my osteopath (my regular doc) Monday. Out of work, can't walk well or for very long before the pain is excruciating...What am I saying; I'm preaching to the choir. You already know all the symptoms. Any suggestions or advice about surgery?