I'm new to the forums & thrilled to have found yall, people who actually understand!!
I'd been having sciatica for about 1 1/2 years. It was bearable for about the first 8 months with mild pain meds & muscle relaxers. I finally had an MRI in May, which showed a bulging disc at L5-S1, degeneration & a nerve root sheath cyst in the left invertebral foramen at T12-L1.
The pain has progressed tremendously since then. The Dr prescribed Lortab, muscle relaxers & oral steriods, then took me off of the steroids & gave me anti-inflamatories. Recently, I went for a series of epidural/steriod shots. Was sceduled for 3, only ended up doing 2, because my condition was deteriorating.
Now I'm scheduled to see a neurosurgeon on 9-20. My PCP seems to think that surgery is my only option now.
I'm concerned about many things, uppermost on my list is how invasive it will be. I've already taken a leave of absense from work, because I would be in agony when I got home. I'm a librarian & spend alot of time sitting at a desk.
Sorry this is so long.
Sooo nice to "meet" everybody:)