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L4/L5/S1 extrusions

Hi all,

I recently had an MRI that showed an 8mm extrusion of the L4/L5 disc and a 6mm extrusion of L5/S1. Beginning in November, I had pain in my left lower back and radiating down my leg that kept me from riding my horse and keeping up with all of my regular activities. I started seeing a chiropractor regularly, which helped tremendously. By the end of January, I was nearly pain free and riding again.

However, a few weeks ago, I had a relapse, which is when I scheduled the MRI. I have seen a pain management specialist, who recommended epidural steroid injections and a round of physical therapy.

The problem I have is that I still have to take care of my horse on a daily basis. He doesn't stop eating just because I'm hurting, and as a college student, I don't have the funds to pay somebody to do it for me. I also make an hour-long commute three times a week to go to class, which exacerbates the pain in my leg. I'm going back and forth about getting the injection, because I'm still able to function relatively well.

Has anyone here dealt with a similar injury? Did you have the injections and did they help? I want to avoid surgery at all costs, and I'm also leery of having a needle poked into my back.


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