Just as a preface I have three docs that I trust the most and have settled on these three to make decisions about my health with ofcourse my own opinion and some advice from you good folks here.
Well anyway I last left off that I will be going for my third epidural on Thursday which will be a caudal as opposed to the transformal based upon the advice from the doctor at the HSS. Well I went to my spinal orthopedist at Mt. Sinai here in NYC. He was the doctor initially saying hips, hips, hips. We later ruled it out.
Well anyway I went to see him today and told him about the IDET or Targeted Disc Decompression that the other doctor recommended and he immediately told me do not even think about it. This procedure is not done any longer and has been found that people who have a placebo have the same chance of healing. I than told him about the epidural which he is fine with. I than told him that the doctor said if the epidural does not work that I should do a discogram. He than said you only do a discogram as a prelude to surgery and should not be done otherwise as it is not a lightly taken procedure and can make your symptoms worse.
He said I am a conservative doctor and since you are getting stronger but your discomfort level is stuck to do the epidural. If the epidural makes all the discomfort go away than cancel the MRI. If the symptoms persist than lets do an MRI since you have not had once since July.
I explained than basically what you are saying doc is either surgery or no surgery. Than he verbally slapped me in the face with "this may be it for you john, this may be the best you will feel unless you feel it is making your life terrible". I am a big boy and can take a punch but that one was a load. If your herniation is still too small than that is it and you can just keep going the epidural route.
Honestly each of the three docs is kind of the three voices in my head which is really funny. I was hoping the docs could ass clarity but instead they are all expressing a different voice I already have. One has a procedure, One says been too long so do the procedure, one says do not try as things can get worse.
LOL...I have to laugh.
Honestly lately I continue to get stronger and be able to so much more in the weight room and walking is not much of an issue. But still plenty of issues like driving and sitting for longer periods are tough. Last two months ham strings continue to get tight and so do calves and sometime feet. The last couple of days actually finally feeling some pain in lower back but not in legs, calves or feet. The thing keeps changing. I pretty much stopped all meds except for some natural stuff and the occasional 1 advil.
I just deal with the rest with ice and heat and wondering when is too much ice/heat. I have now added lower body/back exercises like back extensions and leg curls and such. Maybe that is making it a bit more sore now. It is not that I do not have the strength it is just the discomfort it will generate. I can walk but if I put too much incline or use eliptical on more than a 3 difficulty I will get some discomfort.
Well lets see what the epidural does but I have a feeling I will have to make a choice soon...I will than do the MRI even if the epidural works so I can see any changes. This will give me more info to make a decision.
I just not sure if I could live with this is it.