I am 35 years old. Two years ago my back went out due to me picking something up that was too heavy. After a trip to the ER I was fine. They gave me a shot & sent me on my way. About a year ago I started getting pain in my lower back (mostly on my right side) never really bothered me. It was occasional pain but this things took a turn for the worse. I stared getting pain in my buttock on my right side, then the pain radiates down my leg, & I get numbness in my leg & toes. The pain is so horribly intense & painful. Worse then labor. I can no longer stand for more then 5 minutes, Its extremely painful to walk. I have to get in a fetal position to stop the pain. I can no longer walk in the grocery store, I cant enjoy the simple fun things with my daughter because of this constant pain. I am currently going through pain management & the want to get me started on the epidural steroid injection shot. I am nervous because I have been getting the cortisone shot every 2 weeks & they don't work...nothing is working. I am debating between the epidural shot & surgery. I don't want to keep injecting stuff into my body for temporary relief and then a year from now still need surgery. I understand that the epidural is for pain...its not going to help shift my disc back into place & off my nerves. I had recently seen by a neurosurgeon who went over the MRI images & showed my disc on my nerves which is causing sciatica. I am a single mom & need something that will work, not temporary relief. Any suggestions? Any feedback on the epidural shot vs. surgery? I am having a hard time deciding what route to go.
Please help me.