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Severe pain in Thigh

I had Microdiscectomy a year and a half ago on L5S1. Just over the past month or so I started to get a real bad stabbing, burning, pain on the side and front of my left thigh. MRI shows more impingement at the L5S1 on the left side and I will be getting a shot in about two weeks. I'm concerned that the pain I'm feeling is not coming from that area, yes I can feel that joint move out of place, and when I lie down and pop it back I feel relief and the pain in my leg does subside. Yes I can re-position myself and get some relief also.

I dont think I need surgery as there really isnt much disk left and as I get older it will just continue to dry up. But I will probably still have pain and wonder if there is permanent damage. The only thing I have found that works so far is hydrocodone when it is real bad. Lyrica did nothing. If this is something that is permanent and I will have to manage pain with meds what options are there other then opiates?


  • It does sound like nerve issues, so when you see your doctor, he may discuss options for treating it. Opiates are not all that helpful with nerve related pain......Medications such as Lyrica and gabapentin are usually more helpful. Those medications must be tapered up to an effective dose though in order for patients to get the proper benefit from them.
  • Thank you, next Friday cant seem to come fast enough. I'm not sure the shot is going to help. Some have helped in the past and the last one before my surgery didn't do anything but make it worse.
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