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L5 nerve pinched can barely keep up with the pain

AAsoccerAAAsoccer Posts: 3
I started having sciatic pain around may 2014, about a year ago now. It is very intense, right above my angle, all over the top and bottom of my foot, my toes, and the outside of my shin.

My MRI shows possible tears and degenerative discs at l4/l5 and l5/s1. I did physiotherapy for month after it started but TENS, and hot packs, and core exercises did little to nothing to relieve the pain.

Itried again a few months later, but again the same approach. just TENS and hot packs. This time it was a neurology clinic, and the neurologist said that l4/l5 was more important because the nerves were firing slowly. ie. my foot was getting weaker.

FInally, I decided to quit my job and move back in with my family. Also stressfull because Ihad to break up with my girlfriend of year, and Idont havea bedroom at my parents but I can't have a job with this intense pain. I can barely dress myself and chores are also very difficult.

I'm 25 and Igot injured playing soccer. I feel like I'm never going to play again. Soccer was my life before the injury...but Ican live without it if it means Ican get back to normal.

Since Imoved back I've seen 2 sports medicine docs who got me started on the mckenzie extensions. THey help but only a little bit. Ialso started taking lyrica twice a day. also sitting with a back roll. These things help but still, I'm in a lot of pain. Igot an injection a couple of weeeks ago, a cortisone nerve block at l5 nerve. I felt great for about 10 days and then back to normal.

Ifeel like I've done everything Ican right now. I'm tired of being in pain. Sometimes the pain makes me feel like Iwant to give up.

I don't mean this topic as a cry for help...but I used to have a life before this.

Im doing physiotherapy once or twice a week. Most of the time it's just manual therapy, but today he told me to do some nerve flossing exercises.

Is it possible the doctors missed something? My back pain is very little, could it be a piriformis problem? or maybe scar tissue as the physio is thinking?

Iam seeing the surgeon again tomorrow to follow up with my injection. Hopefully he lets me take it again, but this is Canada and they do everything to save money.

Update: The surgeon thinks its purely chemical, not mechanical. He will give me the steroid shot again.

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