First post here...
I was first diagnosed with a herniated disk at the L5/S1 location in March 2009. I went on the 7 day oral steroids and started physical therapy. I got better, then had a relapse around the middle of June-I was carrying a propane tank and stepped up into my house and I felt a nice tingle and the pain just shoot right down my left leg. I had to go "back" to the doctor. I then received two EDI's in late June and early July because the pain would not cease-I was on vacation and the beach house had many steps. The first injection didn't work, but the second injection did. I was fine up until a few days ago. The pain started again w/ a tingling in my leg/foot and then I was walking up some steps and felt a tingle in my lower back, but the pain centered itself in my lower back-it didn't shoot down my leg like it did in June. I am experiencing pain in my lower back w/ some pain in my calf and foot. I have some leftover muscle relaxers and narcotics for pain. I have scheduled an appointment w/ my regular doctor to get some more anti-inflammatory meds/muscle relaxers/narcotics. Also, I made an appointment w/ my physical therapist for a back massage-that really seemed to help earlier this year. Seems like steps seem to trigger these episodes. I also use an ice pack every night and find that this works wonders. Anyone else had this happen w/ walking up steps??? Anyone have any suggestions other then to avoid steps as much as possible? I don't really want to do PT all over again. I know how to do the exercises for core strengthening. I am hoping I can do a 7 day oral steroid treatment w/ the massage along w/ some back exercises. If all else fails, I will get another EDI. I don't want this pain to linger on into the holidays.