New to the forum. wanted to get opinions, ideas. understand everyones case is different. heres my situation
mild low back pain in 01/11 progressively got worse over time. did chiro, nsaid's. MRI in june showed l4-l5 herniation and l5-s1 herniation. something happened in august and the sciatica started. Excrutiating pain down right leg, buttocks, behind calf, numbness in foot. Sitting and lying down was ok, but standing and walking sucked.
Did heavy PT for six weeks with no results. only thing that was helpfull was learning about traction which gave me relief to get through the day. PT gave up on me and said epidurals were next.
did a round of three epidurals in october two weeks apart from each other. second and third did the trick and was pain free, however right foot was constantly numb 24-7. sitting, standing, laying down etc.
january came and the numbness started going away and the sciatica came back. now, i have full blown sciatica back where i cant walk normal . cant stand for any more than a few minutes without having to kneel or sit down. got second MRI which showed the l5-s1 herniation got a lot bigger. have been suggested microdiscectomy by the dr. .
does this sound like the next step? percocets dont even take the edge of anymore
doing research and hearing from the dr. says 6 weeks for basic recovery. iam in law enforcement so can only go back when 100 percent. would like to do one surgery and not have to do more as i have read in this forum. cant imagine going through multiple microdiscectomys.
thoughts suggestions, opinions welcome.