Hi there! I am new so please excuse me if I am posting in the wrong section.
I have a large herniation in L5-S1. I also have a bulge at L4-L5. The pain at first was horrible but after a steroid pack and rest I am feeling much better. I do still have on and off back of thigh pain in my left leg as well as numbness. The calf is much better but tends to get week if I work out on it too much. The left anterior of my foot is slightly numb as well.
I have read so much about different surgical options and am curious which is right. I have read that the surgery is often more effective within that first year but years 4-5 is when simple PT and non surgical options hold out best. I have also read that many times with the disc surgery there is a fusion needed down the road.
I am so confused as to what is what and the difference between. I go to see my spine doctor in a few days but want to be able to know a little of what the options are.
I prefer to give PT a good run and see if I am able to heal. I do think I had a pinched nerve before, about 8 years ago. I had severe sciatica (hard to even stand up or sit in my car) but I never saw a doc about it, just dealt with it and in about 6 months in healed so I know it can happen.
Any thoughts will be greatly appreciated!