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I want to share my story with you in order to hear some of your thoughts and own experiences and any advice you may have. I'm 31 years old male, 5 11 and 195lb.
I started to have pain in back of my right leg around May 2017. Visited sport medicine doctor. First, did the take home exercise and then did PT. By August 2018, I was pain free.
I started to feel numbing and tingling in my right leg around June 2018. Visited the same doctor and did MRI on my lower back, then the doctor referred me to spine surgery doctor this time.
Here is MRI result:
Moderated disk space narrowing at L5-S1 and mild disc space narrow at L4-5 with disc desiccation and small anterior and lateral osteopathy at both levels. Small incidental hemangioma in the L5 vertebral body.
L4-5: Broad-based central/right paracentral disc protrusion and mild facet joint degenerative changes, producing milkd to moderate canal stenosis with possible impingement of the right L5 never root in the right lateral recess. Mild to moderate foraminal narrow bilaterally.
L5-S1: Broad-based central/right paracentral disc extrusion, with possible impingement of the right S1 nerve root in the right lateral recess. No associated canal stenosis. Mild facet joint degenerative changes bilaterally, with foraminal narrow mild to moderate on the left and mild on the right.
I had 3 injections(7/2/2018.7/31/2018,9/18/2018) with the new doctor on L5-S1, but none of them worked. Not even one day. I haven't visited the doctor since then because I know the next option is either more injections (max 5 times a year) or surgery(We talked this at the first appointment). I have tried medical massage after this but didn't help either. Usually, I don't feel much pain during the day if I take Naproxen and do some exercise in the morning. I have been trying to do the exercise multiple time a day. However, the pain comes back the next morning.
Are there any other options out there? Is it possible that L4-5 caused the pain? I checked the injections notes. All the three injections locations are on L5-S1.