Hello. I have just joined the board. This is my first post
I have been diagnosed with 2 disk herniations l3-4 and l5-s1. I spent several days in the hospital unable to bear weight on my left leg. I was given an ESI which they had to knock me out to do because moving me awake made the pain unbearable. I was able to come home several hours after the ESI, which was about 4 weeks ago. After the shot, my foot felt very heavy, like it was filled with water. That subsided except for the top of the foot and the big toe. The pain in the big toe is excruciating. I can hardly ever wear a shoe, but can now at least wear a sheet and cover to bed. It seems to be marginally better. I had a second shot (2 nerves I think) last week. I think there was some improvement however the big toe still burns and stings like mad and the top of the foot feels heavy. My big toe is very weak and I cant resist if I push against it. I can still stand up on my toes if holding on to a table. I occasionally get shots of sharp pain in other areas of the foot. I am on several strong pain killers, plus ibuprofen and neurontin. I am scheduled for a third shot, but the doctor, (an ortho surgeon) is advising a discectomy. He says it will correct the problem.
I am hesitant to do the surgery because I am afraid of still feeling the burning foot afterwards. I also dont want to do it too quickly, in case this resolves on its own.
I am not sure how to proceed. I am looking for any and all advice. I am hoping that this will gradually decrease on its own based on the injections. I do not know if I have any permanent nerve damage, but also don't want to risk making anything worse