I'm new to spine-health and am glad to have found these forums. I have been dealing with excruciating sciatic pain for 2 months now and can hardly stand it anymore. MRI in July showed l4/l5 herniated disc pressing on the L5 nerve root. Prior to the MRI, I started PT because when I would stand up I would be crooked from lumbar shift (no sciatic pain). I started PT in April and by July I couldn't even walk because the sciatic pain and lumbar shift had increased. Both the chiropractor and PT thought they were dealing with a muscle imbalance and not a herniated disc. Saw my OS and he did 2 ESI's this month, both with zero relief (not even temporary). He is recommending a one level spinal fusion because in 2009 I had a microdiscectomy (on the L4/5 level) and he had to take out more than what they thought because the disc blew out into fragments so a second discectomy would not be possible). In a last ditch effort to avoid the fusion, I am doing lumbar decompression at home using a unit provided to me by my PT. I used it last night and had AWFUL nerve pain in both legs. I don't know if this is normal or not but am going to try it again tonight.
Does anyone else suffer from lumbar shift?
Jacki - Age 37
L4-L5 Discectomy April 2, 2009 (Felt Great for 5 years)
2014-Reherniation of L4-L5 disc
ESI #1 - August 4, 2014 - No Relief
ESI #2 - August 18, 2014 - No Relief
360 Lumbar Fusion L4/5 - scheduled for October 21, 2015