I posted on this forum about 2 months ago about a back injury I had. I pulled a washing machine up at 100 foot hill because I was too stubborn to ask for help. My back pain started pretty quickly.
Fast forward. I ended up at an orthopedist who diagnosed a herniated disk (L-4/L-5 I think) and scheduled an MRI and out patient procedure which, I believe, was the cortisone shot to the spine.
The day before the procedure, I called it off because I would have had to pay a hefty deductible AND my back pain was manageable.
I went back to my regular doc who decided to try an oral steroid regiment. The back pain never went away; however, it did slowly get better.
Here's the thing. I still have some back pain but what I've been having problems with is the dead legs and shooting pain which I believe to be a reflection of pressure on my sciatic nerve. This keeps me up quite a bit at night.
The twist to the story was that, when I decided to forgo the procedure, I went ahead and got my MRI results which indicated nothing was wrong with my back.
Question 1: Will an MRI always find a herniated disk? I cringe at the notion that I almost got a multi-inch needle inserted into my spine though the MRI indicated that a herniated disk my not be the cause.
Question 2: If not a herniated disk, what could be a possible cause?
Thanks in advance.