I twisted my back about a month ago, and then experienced that crazy terrible sciatica pain down my leg and foot about a week later. Went to urgent care, got flexeral (muscle relaxer), ibuprofen, and vicodin. This helped some, in that it got rid of the strongest pain. However, a week later, my leg and foot was still numb. And, after experimenting around a bit, figured out that the flexeral made me very emotional (sad, depressed). So, went to my doctor (who is also the county coroner- so his specialty is pronouncing people dead
), and he gave me prednisone. 40mg's day 1-4, 30 mg, day 5. I only made it to day 5- had a terrible reaction to the prednisone, where I felt anxious, depressed, etc., and had to stop taking it immediately.
So, I went in for an MRI on Wednesday for lumbar. That was not a great experience- it was a high-field open MRI, and somehow I managed to stay still, but I don't want to do that again without sedation. Anyway, just got the results, which are l5-s1 13mm axial disc protrusion/extrusion. I couldn't figure out from the description which nerve it is pressing against, assume s1.
So, interestingly, my pain has lessened, but not gone. I'm only taking aleve. Foot still stays partially numb, and calf still feels like there is a band running down it.
Going to dr. on monday to find out what he recommends. I suppose he's going to say surgery, but I'm wondering the following:
1. Since it seems to get a little better, should I just do nothing differently?
2. Should I ask for PT first?
3. Since I had such a bad reaction to the prednisone, I'm kind of afraid to get a cortisone shot, if that was an option. Anyone who had a bad reaction to prednisone successfully get a cortisone shot?
4. How long is my mri good for? If I try and wait this out but it doesn't go away or gets worse, I don't want to have to get another MRI.
Thanks for listening, and any and all feedback is welcome.
I can say without hesitation, this experience has made me very humble and I feel for all of you out there going through back/sciatica troubles. I am thinking of you, and we will get through this!!!!