I'm a 39YO Male and have had burning pain in my left and right hips on and off for couple of years.
In July of this year I started getting a burning pain at L5S1, mostly at left of center, sometimes at right of center.
Cannot sit for more than 20-30 minutes at a time.
Late july, a dull pain moved to my left leg and I would get tingling down the back of my leg and all the way to the arch of my foot.
Had xrays and MRI done in August, L5S1 broad based/left paracentral bulge (5mm) compressing the L5S1 nerve w/ mild foraminal narrowing.
Been through 2 rounds of epidurals.
1st round, (injections done at left of center and center) the leg pain was gone and the burning pain shifted all the way to the right. Total pain relief <5 days
2nd round, (injection done center), burning pain gone, leg pain gone. Total pain relief <5 days.
Been on anti-inflammatories since Aug.
Tried PT in Aug, it irritated the situation so badly that I didn't go back until October.
At this point the off center back pain/burning is there at least 70% of the time or more.. the left leg is involved
I used to be able to stand or lay down and it would provide some relief. But not so much any more.
The last few weekends, I couldn't stand for more than 15 minutes w/o my left leg starting to throb with that familiar dull burning pain. <-- This was new.
Have been back to PT starting in Mid/Late October. 2st visit (w/ Piriformis stretching exercises) left me bedridden with the most severe leg pain/cramping and twitching I've ever had for hours.
Have done 2 weeks w/o exercise, just electric stim, heat and massage. Hasn't helped too much.
I'm thinking of getting a microdiscectomy at the end of the month and wanted some input from the folks who've done it?
It's been nearly 5 months since the severe symptoms started.. is it too soon?
Been to two surgeons, one is a strict orthopaedic spine surgeon who isn't too sure MicroD will help because my pain isn't all in the leg.
The other is a neurosurgeon/ortho spine surgeon feels it will help..