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?