My husband was injured doing heavy listing at work ~18 months ago. He had an MRI shortly after the injury which showed a L4/L5 disc herniation impinging on the left L5 nerve root. This was consistent with his symptoms of left leg and hip pain. He had several epidural injections with now relief. Because he complained mostly of hip pain, he was referred to an orthaepedist and ultimately (July 2010 - 1 year post-injury) had hip surgery due to bursitis and ferebroacelar impingement. This surgery corrected the "snapping" he had in his hip but left him with remaining hip and leg pain. His orginal back surgeon would not operate on the disc due to a negative discogram.
He tried visiting a chiropractor and was diagnosed with sacroiliac dysfunction. He had treatments for a few weeks and within the first few days found great relief, but this only lasted a couple of days and within a week he was back to the same pain. Additional treatments were no help.
We saw a second surgeon who ordered an EMG which showed diminished reflexes in his lower left leg. Two weeks ago (Feb 15 2011), he had a foraminotemy/discetomy. The surgeon stated that the surgery when well. He appeared to have some pain relief in the days following surgery - although not the immediate relief some have described and, truthfully, that we were hoping for. He seems to have good and bad days, even hours, but has not see any real gain post-surgery. We had a follow-up yesterday with a physicians assistant who prescribed a 5 day course of oral steroids to help with swelling. He also recommended my husband continue walking - which he has been doing some of, not as much as perhaps he should. I'm am desperately hopiong that he will feel relief with time and don't know where to run if he does not. My husband has always been a healthy, active guy and physical laborer. Now, at 30, it seems as though he may not be able to return to that lifestyle. We have a 2 year old son and I desperately want to see him be able to enjoy playing with our son as he grows, not watching from the sidelines.
Any advice.insight would be very much appreciated.