Ive had 4 epidural steroids for my l5/s1 which is broadbased central and paracentral effecting nerve roots and cord (only minor). I have 2 other annular tears.
The injections failed, they worked for 2 weeks but he pain came back, 2 months post Im back to wear I was before, a small but broad bulge that leaves me with intermittient needle type pricks in both feet, dull pain in the legs, sciatica in glutes and loss of feeling of my right leg at night intermittently. The pain I can handle, but its grinding me down after 20 years living with it.
Im looking at a microdisectomy of the bulge as 20 years is long enough for it to have come back if it was going to.
However my pain specialist who did the injections said that people who get surgery progressively start slipping discs above the operated disc, like a domino effect. Is this always the case? Or is it possible a microdisectomy can be a semi cure for some people?