Hi - New to the forum - read MRI results with MD yesterday - have L5 - S1 right paracentral disk herniation with sequestered fragment - 1.22cm. You can see on the film that the disk has penetrated the sac that protects the disk and is resting on the S1 nerve (the healthy disks are white and this one is black).
Pain started in Feb (most likely injury from picking up kids, also have a desk job so I sit a lot, not exercising at time, etc). Took round of steroids and seemed to clear up. Intermittent pain here & there (especially waking up in am, then will get better through the day). About 3 weeks ago picked up son (45 lbs) and had unbearable lower back pain the next morning (MD thinks that is when the disk ruptured). Took 2nd round of steroids and didn't do much but back pain lessened over time (through today)...but this week started severe pain in right buttock & down right leg, tingling in both legs, numbness in right leg also, numbness in right foot & toes (especially when sitting or any random movement can set it off).
The last thing I want is surgery - I would like to try shots and PT. MD seemed very doubtful that it would work (I guess it's that bad?). He described surgery as minimally invasive and could just go in there and "pluck it out."
What happens to your mobility when you have a disk removed? Anyone out there have a similar story who did shots and PT with success? Can a "black disk" eventually heal? There is no sac there now to protect it so I'm thinking it would have to come out?
I would appreciate some feedback. I'd like to try shots and PT first but I also don't want to get myself in a situation where my symptoms get worse & as time goes the nerves become permanently damaged?