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I have somehow herniated two discs in my lower back, pushing on the nerve to my left leg. I have lost all feeling in my foot and up the left side of my leg. The pain was so bad 2 weeks ago I went to the ER and had morphine. It was determined I was not an emergency surgery case, so I have been doing Physical Therapy and to date I have had 2 epidural steroid injections and no feeling at all has returned. I am able to make it through the day as long as I stand and walk as much as possible but I have 2 questions I was hoping to have answered by anyone who maybe has been through the same thing?
1. How do you cope at night / early morning? I have been waking with agony in my left hip area around 4am and I have to pace the house and can't put much weight on my left leg.
2. If you had surgery what led you to that decision and how was the recovery period? I am not sure how much longer I can take the sleepless nights and wondering how long I should give it before I consider the surgery.
Thanks so much for any advice.