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Had 2 level microdiscectomy L4 & L5 In 2007. In recent years I’ve had periodic problems with shooting left leg pains. About 8 days ago after moving some bins, I started getting stabbing pain in left buttock. The pain radiated from my lower back into the buttock, then around down front side of thigh. Within 3 days it moved down to ankle. It feels like a knife cutting down to bone pain. My only relief is lying down straight. Went to ER because I couldn’t stand the pain. They gave me an MRI & then a CT scan. The L5-S1 graduated from moderate dehydration/mild protrusion/no significant canal comprise (last MRI in 2016) to now being:
L5-S1: Marked disc space narrowing with left paracentral disc herniation and osteophytic spurring resulting in severe left neural canal stenosis.
I am terrified of having another surgery since my cervical fusion in 2013. Has anyone else here had a similar diagnosis? What treatment options did you have?