Thanks in advance for reading. Just looking for some other people's experiences really and how you decided what treatment as I'm at a bit of a cross roads.
Pain started in left knee after running. I usually run 10k no problem so not new to sport at all. I thought had run oddly. Rested a week, ran again, pain again. Kept resting. No good. Went to osteo, physio etc. The pain, far from getting better, just got worse. After several weeks felt like someone was punching me in the ass and toes were all tingly.
So after about 3 months I saw GP who referred me and they found herniated S1/L5 disc which seems pretty common.
I had one injection. Was great. For about 3 weeks. Then I "over did" it by swimming and pain came back. Having lots of physio sort of calmed it down so not on pain killers anymore but not normal.
Then as muscles wouldn't relax tried some stretching. Worst decision ever. Couldn't get up and down stairs for 2 days. Leg just kept giving way. This was 10 days before my wedding, and 6 weeks post first injection. Had second injection to get through wedding.
5 weeks after second injection physio going well. Muscles strengthening well. Ran to catch a train (literally a few seconds along a platform) searing agony for 5 days, couldn't lift leg, stand on toes etc. Loss of reflexes. Gradually calmed down after 10 days to random shooting pains and occasional limp.
So this has now been going on for several months. Injections calm the pain but if I try to do anything at all beyond the norm and get back into my fitness it sets me right back. Difference is with the injections it does eventually calm itself down now but it isn't healing to the point I can rehabilitate and train.
So the doctor says 3 strikes and you're out and wants to try another injection. I am frustrated and miss training and want this done. But equally I am not in agony anymore, just can't do any fitness, which I love. Does that justify an operation and will it work?!?!?
Sorry for long message. Thought more info may help and any response appreciated.
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