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L4/L5 herniation nerve root timeline

ArgerAArger Posts: 1
edited 02/08/2015 - 10:35 PM in Lower Back Pain
I believe I had a building disc that finally ruptured approximately 6 to 8 weeks ago. I had an MRI that indicated the herniation pressing on the left nerve root which is creating numbness in my left glute abd back spasms when I lean to the left. I literally look like my left hip is pulling up at all times. I'm scheduled to get a cortisone shot this Wed and hope that relieves some of the pain and spasms I am going through.

My concern from I read is that waiting longer then 6-8 mths can cause permanent nerve root damage. Is this true? I'm willing to try PT and see if this shot helps before opting for surgery. Although, I don't want to wait before having the best chance of relieving the back spasms.



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