Approximately 3 years ago I started with Sciatic Pain.... down my left leg but it was manageable. I saw the chiropractor who told me my L5 disc was slipped and it was definitely sciatica. Well, I kind of dealt with the pain but noticed the pain intensifying (after a rear end car accident in 2010) and then over the last 4 months I have been noticing the pain getting progressively worse and numbness going down my leg. I recently saw an Orthopaedic Surgeon on 10/2/12. He did an X-ray and sent me for an MRI. He put me on Medrol, Tramadol and Meloxicam. I stared physical therapy and got the MRI on 10/12/12. Today I went to get the results- the report shows a large left posterior paracentral disc herniation projecting into the left lateral recess and left foramen, encroaching upon passing left S1 nerve root and exiting left L5 nerve root. Additionally, a high-grade left lateral recess intermediate to high grade left foraminal. Further, L5-S1 level degenerative diseases, spondylolisthesis left-sided spondylolysis with left lateral disc herniation causing left lateral recess and left forminal encroachment. The surgeon placed me on Hydrocodone instead of Tramadol and told me to continue to Meloxicam, and physical therapy as well as get an epidural steroid injection treatment plan. Then, surgery is almost necessary if all doesn't work.
I am only 25 years old and he said "you have significant back problems for someone your age"- has anyone else had a similar problem? Any advice as I go into this treatment?
MIS TLIF L5/S1 on 5/1/13