I herniated disc L5-S1 in March.
Since, I have went twice to the national spine and pain center in Hagerstown, MD and received steroid injections (First week of April and the first week of May). I feel like they wear off in a month.
Any way, all this time I've been under the impression that the steroids where reducing the swelling of the disc but as I keep reading more and more about these shots (especially today) it seems that it reduces the swelling and inflammation of the nerve and physical therapy is actually needed to help with the disc.
My question is, why has no one at the national spine and pain center told me this. I cancelled my shot for tomorrow because it would be like my last shot for either 6 months or longer. I forget the exact time frame. And the Dr told me to hold it off for as long as I could.
They know I'm trying to handle this without having surgery this summer or forever.
If this is all true what should I do? Take it up with my family Dr or the national pain and done center? I'm really concerned after reading that I might of missed my best chance for pt.
Wanted to give more information.
I'm not sure what exactly the pain is called that I endured. All I know is that it's sciatic. Not even sure if its called Radiculopathy.
I can look on a picture that shows where the nerves go after they leave the spine and my pain is where the l5 - s1 nerve would affect.
The pain was unbearable for around 3 weeks but thankfully I work from home now so I was able to rest most of the time. (In bed with my laptop and phone. laying on my left side). My horrible pain was located on my right leg on the outside of my calf. I have tingling there also along with part of my foot sometimes.
I still get the tingling in that spot off and on and a little pain there. I think it depends on how I'm sitting or what in I'm doing.
And no, the place that gave me my steroid injections, did not tell me that the shots where only reducing the swollen nerve. Maybe they assumed I knew but it was my first time ever doctoring for my back. But they charged me a couple grand for the first visit.
I prob shoulda went sooner by the looks of my mri. I have a bulging l4-l5 and a herniated l5-s1 with the stuff leaking out of the disc or wherever it leaks from. I'm sorry I'm not more fluent with back medical terms but I've just always been involved with electrical work and this is all fairly new to me.
So, is it true that the shots only reduces the nerve swelling?
Did I miss my window for pt?