I am scheduled for a microdisectomy on 1/30. I have done practically everything over the last 14 months to rid my issue. I have a diagnosed extrusion in L5/S1. I also have bulges in L4/L5 and a very small bugle in L3/L4.
Here is my dilemma. My chiro, PT, Physiatrist, 2 neurosurgeons, and one orthopedic surgeon all agree that surgery is the next step. I finally got the nerve to proceed, but I am waining a bit. The last 3 times I got epidural injections (L5/S1) it did practically nothing. But when I did a high dose (50 mg) of prednisone my sciatica symptoms did get better. It has since gone back to the way it was prior to the prednisone.
The issue is that if the epidurals did not work, and they plan to remove the extrusion where they also performed the epidurals, will it do anything? If the prednisone did help (for a short period), are there other places that the MRI might not be seeing that is causing the pain?
I am so confused and not completely sure what to do at this point!