This back pain stuff is tough to deal with at times. Yesterday my back was so flared that I could barely walk downstairs. Everytime I would put my left foot down I'd have localized pain near the spine (near the area I had surgery (microdiscectomy)
in 2007 for a massively herniated disc at L5-S1.
I'm also having increased numbness in my left foot, tingling, and mild sciatica.
Unfortunately my doctor hasn't ordered an MRI. The last one I had was in 2011 or 2012.
I've been doing back stretches twice a day which does help muscle pain but yesterday it hurt to lift my leg. I did PT which helped the tight spasming muscles but the PT said it's not helping the real issue which is the disc.
Does anyone have tips on how to deal with this sort of pain?
I can't tolerate NSAIDS due to chronic gastritis from using them so much. I do use Voltaren Gel and ice.
Much as I loathe MRI's I need one as well as a lumbar epidural (have had 2 in the past which helped a lot) but I can't convince my doctor. I have a request in for a second opinion.
I forgot to add that I get anxious about new symptoms because I'm afraid of living with that sort of pain all the time.
Thanks for any tips and support