What is considered a large herniation? Mine is 1.2cm compressing the L5 nerve on the right. I looked through the last 8 yrs. of MRI results and it never stated the size in the past.
Also does anyone have congenital (from birth) issues that may be adding to your back pain? I was told I have an extra disk that is not fully formed and its herniating out between two pieces of bone that are slightly fused on the right side. (Should have been a solid piece of bone but I have a partial disk). For 9 yrs. I was told there is something there but no one ever said it can cause a problem until my recent MRI which now shows this additional disk possibly pushing on the S1 nerve on the left.
At this point trying to get a consultation with a surgeon at EDITED TO REMOVE FACILITY NAME in NYC but their process is not making it easy get in. Only if the doctor based on my MRI and medical history which I had to give over the phone feels that I am a candidate for surgery will I get an appt. It still doesn't mean I am going straight into surgery, just means he will see me to tell me what my options are. Otherwise the hospital will find another doctor for me to see. I am trying to avoid going under the knife but it has just been way too long of suffering. 9 yrs. of flare ups that happen every 8-12months. When they happen I am completely useless as a human being and cannot sit. Nerve root block injections + chiropractic have been able to get me out of this thus far and keep me at 85% until my current flare up. I can't exercise because simple walking on the treadmill aggravates my condition. Lifting anything over 15lb does the same. So I just maintain and go to work while pretty much doing nothing. Also it always changes sides. One flare up its my left leg and next its my right leg. Can anyone relate?
This time 2 shots in and I am still in pain and discomfort. Its a new low. Anyway for those that read the entire post, Thanks.
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