I keep posting and seem to get few responses. I am a repeat from a few years back and have read many stories that help me during this difficult time. I was an avid runner for many years , shoveled snow three years ago and hurt my back. It took about 5 months of horrible pain until it was discovered I had an extruded disc fragment. I had surgery a MD at L3-4 although they left the disc alone. After surgery I developed 3 DVTs in my good leg and after blood tests discovered I have Factor Five Leiden ,a clotting disorder that predisposed me to getting a clot.
Fast forward to now and I have somehow re herniated the same disc and have had about seven weeks of horrible radiculopathy. I am only comfortable flat! I have tried the conservative route and have had two epidurals with no relief. The next step is surgery but I am very scared of subsequent blood clots. Even the surgeon wanted me to get other opinions. I think he is afraid to operate. I can't live this way much longer! Pain and staring at the ceiling is no way to live.
Anyone else had a similar situation??