I am a 67 year old man. I had L5 S1 surgery in 1981, due to a herniated dics. Surgery was successful....UNTIL this year !
I had Radical Robotic Prostate cancer surgery in 2004, due to very agressive cancer in the prostate. (Gleason scale 9+). Cancer free since then.
After that surgury, the top of my Thigh in my right leg was numb with occasional sharp pains, and continued for 9.5 years to date.
Early this year I started to have severe lower back and right leg shooting pains from waist to the foot on my right leg, along with burning within my leg. To date,The pain is 24/7..Dr. recommended Phyical therapy. The therapist, after examing me said because of severity of pain that I have, they can ONLY do Aqua therapy in a Rehab pool 3x week.
I am taking Ibuprofin 800mg, Gabapentin, and Hydrocodone 4x daily.. That only takes the edge off, Pain is still constant.
Dr. is recommending Epidernal Injections, to which I am scared of. I have a lot of anxiety over that. Surgery is the last resort and Im scared of that as well.
What can anyone tell me about those injections? They say that they can NOT put me to sleep for that, only a local shot to numb the area to be injected.
Also, What are the chances of success if I do elect surgery? (Since there are 4 bad discs and s1 nerve root pinched). ??????
Any suggestions for a GREAT doctor that does this type of surgery in Dallas/Ft Woth Texas, or Oklahoma City ?????????????????
William David Perry