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Popping sensation after ESI's?

Going on 27 months of severe sciatica. Could be caused by a L5-S1 disc bulge after moving furniture.

 After 3 failed ESI's for L5-S1 nerve impingement I am experiencing a popping sensation in my back when I'm laying on my back and slide my affected leg up my side (figure 4 shape). It's like three distinct pops as I move my leg up. Could this be due to the decrease in bone density due to the ESI or just another stage of ddd? I was 31 and really fit when symptoms first occurred with no previous issues whatsoever. I'm now 33 and just a shell of the man I use to be. I am a combat veteran and former wildland firefighter, untill my injury, now I struggle to walk on a daily basis. 

Any insights would be appreciated. 



  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,298
    Please read the following New member guidelines and checklist and provide us with some more information.

    At this point, I would doubt if 3 ESI's could have decreased the bone density to create the popping you are seeing.
    I am most curious as to any other spinal condition that you have that is causing you that much of a struggle to walk.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • Sorry,  I outlined my story in new member introductions. "27 months and counting". Kind of a long story but sould be fairly recent. To sum it up: L3-L4-L5-S1 disc bulges/spinal stenosis/ddd/severe sciatica. Like alot of members here,  I've been in excruciating pain every single day for over two years. 

    Also I just went into the pain management clinic today,  they're recommending another injection. The first one was a transforaminal with no help (in fact a little worse now), this time they're going to do a caudal epidural. 

    Anyone have experience with this type of injection as it pertains to relieving sciatic pain due to L5-S1 nerve impingement. 

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