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I am 26 y/o and have been diagnosed with a herniated L4/L5. My symptoms are sciatica pain that goes down my left leg below my knee and sometimes all the way to my toe. It has been 8 months for me since I herniated my disc and about 6 months since the diagnosis.
I had an epidural injection done at the 7 month mark, I did not feel any improvement. Magically 2 weeks after the injection, I noticed that the pain significantly improved. I am not sure if this is the result of the injection. The anathesiologist said that the injection should take a week at most to take effect.
Now it has been a month since the epidural injection and my pain has somewhat returned. My question is whether my herniated disc is actually improving or am I feeling the effects of the epidural injection?
Some additional information, my pain has evolved from mostly being below my knee to being in my buttock.
I am currently debating surgery, however I am curious to know if any other members experienced improvement in their pain without surgery and if my improvement in pain is a sign that my body will be able to resolve the herniated disc without surgical intervention.
Any thoughts are appreciated,