I've only posted a couple times but just can't find the answers I'm searching for. I had a work related injury a little over a month ago and have had several back issues as a result. My back, thigh, hips, and butt hurts, and I occasionally have foot pain and tingling. However, it was my left foot at first and now my right foot is acting up. My leg pain isn't that bad, just the weird numbness and tingling at times. The bulk of my pain is in the back and hips.
MRI showed I have a central disc herniation at l3/l4. I've already had a discectomy on a massive extruded fragment on l4/l5 about 2 years ago, so I know sciatic pain very well. This pain is very different. It seems to change constantly and isn't really a leg issue as much as back and hips. Just yesterday my right foot started hurting and I can barely stand on my heels, but I have no pain in the leg at all!! Very weird. My doc prescribed an epidural steroid injection and Celebrex.
I thought ESIs were for leg pain. If my back and hips are giving me the trouble, I'm worried the ESI is unnecessary and just a risk. My doctor only talked to me for like 2 minutes and I've done all my own research since I got very little from him. He wants to avoid surgery if possible.
I read central disc protrusions are harder to deal with, and mine isn't an extruded fragment, just a large protrusion. According to the radiology report, I also have degenerative disc from L3 to S1 and another protrusion at L5-S1, but he the back doc didn't even mention that. What the heck are my options!!
Thanks so much for letting me rant. Any suggestions, help, information, or anything else is much appreciated.