Hi all, I'm a 20 year old male 5'10 and 218lbs, I have no existing health conditions other than a small-moderate disc herniation at L5-S1 compressing the RIGHT side nerve root. I AM NOT SURE WHAT CAUSED THE INITIAL HERNIATION.
The pain started on the right side of my lower body going from the butt, the back of the right leg(above the knee), the front of the right leg (under the knee) and stops at around the ankle. The top of my foot also feels numb and tingly and mainly my big toe. This occurred around the 6th of june but it was very faint and I would only notice it when I would do movements like putting socks on etc. On the 12th of june I went for a 2mile run and when I got back from the run I was greeted by IMMENSE pain, literally the worst pain I have EVER felt in my entire life, usually I am very tolerant of pain but this was too much, so I went to the ER for the first time in my life and got some meds.
Fast forward to where I am now and since the ER visit I have had an MRI done, which tells me that I have a small to moderate herniation of the L5-S1 disc and it's compressing the right side nerve root. I have been doing physical therapy for about 3 weeks now and my pain has now gotten to the point where I don't need pain meds anymore, (remember I'm very tolerant of pain) but it still hurts to sit down or stand for extended periods.
I have met with a neurosurgeon for a consultation and he tells me that surgery is the VERY LAST option and he DOES NOT think I'll need it, and I agree with him. He recommended that I try a cortisone injection but I am having second thoughts. I just don't feel comfortable with having a needle in such close proximity to my nerve. Do you guys think I should just wait it out and hope it gets better through more conservative physical therapy since I'm still very young?
any advice would be appreciated, thanks and sorry for the super long post.