Hello! I'm new to the forum, (and disc herniations) and relieved to have found a place where so many people know what this is like! I'm glad to have found the site.
The short of it is, I herniated L4,L5, and S1. Physical threapy worsened the pain. Sleep has been difficult, and I do have an array of medications the doctor has prescribed that I can select from to help with the pain and sciatica. I try to use them when needed, only.
My question is, as I understand the injections to be aimed at bringing relief, what do they do, exactly? Are they to simply turn-off nerve endings in and around the spine, or do they have the ability to shrink-back the herniated disc material? Or if there is shrinking going on, is it more that the nerve endings are shrinking, as the herniated disc material takes it's time being reabsorbed by the body?
Also, would 6 to 8 months be an appropriate time-line to keep away from activities such as jogging, cycling, hiking, etc? I understand that scar tissue can and eventually will form to seal up the herniations, and that this takes its fair share of time and care.
Finally, what can I expect in terms of pain and down-time after the shots have taken place?
Thanks so much for any guidance and advice.