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I've had chronic sciatic pain (shooting down left leg from buttocks to foot) for the last 8 months due to disc herniation at L4-L5 and L5-S1 and narrowing of the space, compressing on the exiting L5 nerve. At least that's what I understand from the recent MRI (more details below).
In the morning, it is crazy painful and I take almost an hour to get out of bed - moaning and crying most of the time.
I've tried everything I can think of short of surgery and steroid injection (read lots of horror stories) and am all out of ideas...it is so depressing.
I am 40 years old, very healthy, lean, exercise regularly, non-smoker, non-drinker, etc. (all the boxes that the Dr.'s want to check off).
Things I've tried that haven't worked to any measurable degree:
- Gabapentin (from 3 x 100mg, up to 3 x 900mg)
- Strengthening exercises
- Traction/Inversion Table
- Massage therapy
- Hot and cold compresses
Yesterday, I was prescribed Percocet (Oxycodone) and was very optimistic, but it hasn't helped a bit after starting it today. In fact, it may be feeling even worse :-(
Anyone that can point me in the right direction?
Thank you so much in advance!!
- Moderate DDD at L4-L5 and L5-S1
- Moderate facet arthropathy
- L4-L5 diffuse annular bulge with superimposed left subarticular disc protrusion
- Narrowing of subarticular recesses with compressive effect on traversing L5 roots
- L5-S1 asymmetric annular bulge narrowing the subarticular recess and compressing the right traversing S1 nerve root