I suffered a work related injury back in early September that caused a lumbar disc herniation. I went through anti inflammatory and pain medications, as well as physical therapy. I had an MRI done 2 weeks ago and the orthopedic surgeon I was referred to told me I had a L5 disc herniation and is now sending me to get a selective nerve root block. I'm guessing that it's the famous ESI.. I could be wrong though. I've been told by all the doctors I've seen that they do not recommend surgery.
I'm 27 and the thought that I have to live with this for the rest of my life is so terribly stressful! I went through and read the spinal injection section of the forum and reading all of the side effects people have posted has me freaking out! I'm supposed to see the pain management doctor next week.
My question to those who also have lumbar disc herniation is, if surgery isn't recommended.. will I have to live my life getting these spinal injections? I haven't been able to go back to work since I got injured. I can't stand or walk for a long period of time because of the pain.
I feel so overwhelmed.
After reading all of those side effects and seeing that most people seem to be suffering a whole new set of ailments in vain just doesn't seem worth it since most say the pain relief duration is short. But with my case having to go through workers comp, I don't know if I can turn down that treatment without it affecting the benefits that I'm betting.