My doctor had told me to go back to him in January and just keep going with PT and meds. I have to admit things are getting much better and ofcourse the day of the visit is one of the best in months.
He thought I would have seen him sooner if any big flare ups. I explained that since I have learned there is no magic pill and my herniation is too small to operate that I just deal with it. I explained how things were getting better and the pain is almost gone in thighs but I have been getting very tight calfs and hamstrings to almost cramps. Also the lower back, hips and upper buttocks can get that "worm" like pain I call it...feels like a worm is crawling under my skin and a bit painful. I pretty much live with an ice pack and a heating pad. Driving is not the best and neither is sitting.
I than got up the courage and asked him his advice about the Targeted Disc Decompression and he knew of it and was impressed by the hospital and the doctor as he said he would only do it in this place. He said that he knew a few patients when he was in Boston who had it with success but because it is a new procedure only about 5 years old that the data is not really that good on it.
Surprisingly he said since I am now going on about a year that I should do it. I was kind of blown away as he was the big PT/meds guy and hated anything to do with procedures in my case but he said in this case he knows it is safe and the worst case scenario is I will be the same and no better. But in a good case it can quicken the process and get the pain down to probably nothing. He said my herniation does fit perfectly for this procedure. It is the right size for this type of procedure. You should have been done by now.
This has made me even more confused as I was going to try and ride it out but have to admit life is getting a bit much with constant ice/heat, can not really travel and at the gym I am getting stronger but no where even close to what I was. I am going to my PCP and see what she thinks.
Also I have another spine/otho who I may ask about it also. My biggest worry is the recovery time as it seems quite long as much as I have read for a micro d. I am going to ask the doctor more about the recovery and such. Also since this nerve has been stewing in one way or another for a year...worried about what will happen and will I go through the same issues of the nerve getting more pissed off before getting better.
I am really on the fence now...