To make a long story short --- 6 months of wrong diagnosis of hip trochnatic bursitis from three different doctors (2 general pa & 1 back ortho) since the small herniated disc of my annular tear was not showing nerve compression. Finally after tolerating sciatica for nearly 8 months I decided on one more Orthos opinion but this time getting one specialized in the hip, since that is what they kept telling me --- its in the hip. So he checks me all out take the neccessary hip xrays, not done before this, does the phyical exam and assures me there is nothing wrong in my hip. He suggested that though the MRI is not showing compression that some people produce alot of inflammation (the bodies defense mechnicism) and this could be infact irritating the nerve. I have been on NSAIDs for 8 months and they are not doing the job so he sent me to a wellness / pain doctor. He gave me the cortisone injection in the back to help neutralize the inflammation. I felt a change within two days YEAAAHHHHHHH. BUT of course after 3 months its starting to come back again and found out that injection cost over a 1,000.00 even after my crappy insurance covered a little of it.
So in all will I have this problem for awhile? Would it be adviced to seek out a different job since I work for a grocery store lift, stooping, leaning, and such for 6 to 8 hours per day?
I have read that this kind of disc herniation should heal by its self within 6 to 8 months but can not figure out why mine is being such a pain in the butt (litterly).
Just so you know... I am 41 years old women at 109 lbs standing 5' and 5" tall and generally in good muscle tone.