Help! I have a severe disc extrusion that is causing severe sciatic pain (10/10) in my left butt/leg. It started as an annoying pain and a month later was full blown sciatic pain that prevents me from sleeping without strong narcotics... I found out it was a disc extrusion after going to the ER and having a CT scan. It was suggested that I try seeing a pain medicine doctor for epidural steroid injections. I received two injections that worked beautifully for about two weeks and then the pain returned. I will go back for a third injection in a week but worry I will only get relief for a short period of time. Physical therapy was also prescribed but in my opinion, it makes the pain much worse than better. I've seen a neurosurgeon but am very hesitant to have surgery before exhausting all other options. As I write this, I have been awake for three hours due to pain. I can't lie down and therefore am pacing my house and wondering how I will get up in three hours to go to work. I'm desperate for something other than surgery. This is been going on now for four months. I'm wondering if I might still heal on my own. I ice constantly but I also have a toddler and I am constantly lifting and holding her.
Any advice or suggestions are greatly appreciated!