I hurt my back last November and I've been on a slow, painful path that has brought me to surgery. My primary care doctor prescribed prednisone which initially helped but after a few days I was back to the normal pain level. After a second round with a higher dosage failed, I had an MRI in late December which showed a bulging disk. I had an epidural in mid January and felt great improvement. I felt about 90% at the time of the 2nd epidural but slowly reverted back to the initial pain levels I experienced late last year. I then did 3 weeks of physical therapy that did nothing for me.
Today, I met with a neurosurgeon who recommended a discectomy. He has an opening tomorrow so just that quick I'm in line for surgery. Obviously, my preference would have been to avoid surgery but I've tried all the conservative options without success. I'm very excited now that I'm soon to be on the road to recover.
March 20, 2014 - L4/L5 Laminectomy and Microdiscectomy