Im Jamie, im 22 from london and in the last year and a half ive been having some real problems. it started with some lower back pain and sciatica down my left leg. i went to the doctor and was given the usual codiene type painkillers, which i quickly built a tolerance to.
after weeks of waiting i had an MRI and i was told i had a L5/S1 disc herniation and that was the problem. i ended up with an caudial epidural injection and some physio which felt like it was working, until about a month after when the injection wore off. back to square one.
I continued with the physio as advised, told that i should get some relief after a few months. after about 6 months of physio, horrible opiates and lots of pain, no improvement still and i was referred to another doctor, who took another look at my scans and compared with the pain i was experiencing it was more likely an S.I joint dysfunction of some kind.
last friday i had an nerve root block injection to my left S.I joint, which seems to have relived alot of pain, but underneath it still feels very uncomfortable when sitting and moving. like the injection is covering the pain but not solving the problem. my doctor says this is used as a diagnostic tool to verify the source of pain.
my question is now we've established its mainly the S.I joint that is the problem, what are the doctors likely to suggest now? do the nerve root blocks last forever or can they wear off like my previous epidural? obviously physio and anti inflammatories arent working as ive been on them for over a year now. i really need to get back to work and i just dont know what to do next. the sciatica seems to have calmed since the nerve block aswell.
sorry for the massive post if any of it makes no sense please let me know!!