I am 45 years old and while working developed a bad pain starting in my low back, coming around my hip and into my groin. I also had mild numbness and tingling in my left buttock and down my leg a little.
After an MRI it showed I had a L5 S1 disc herniation and L4, L3, L2 were bulging. I had the surgery for the L5 S1 disc herniation after physical therapy and rest did not work.
At first I felt better. I went back to work after 5 weeks and worked half days. I stand on my feet all day, after 4-5 weeks I started to have bad back pain again.
I went for another MRI it showed some scar tissue around the L5 S1 nerve root and some more pulpus leakage from the disk. My Doctor made it clear that the nerve will affect the tingling and numbness down the leg and does not cause back pain. He said that my next step would be either an epidural into the L5 S1 area or a disk fusion surgery.
I am scheduled to have the epidural done.
My questions are If the nerve causes more of the numbness and tingling than the pain in the back should I have had the first surgery?
If I had a fusion surgery what are the chances of the disc above the fused discs to herniate?
What are the chances of this epidural working?
Any advice or questions to ask my Doctor would be appreciated.