Hello. Just wanted to introduce myself. I have back & sciatica problems after a motorcycle accident about three years ago.
An MRI showed problems with my discs at L4-5 (desiccation, annular bulging, annular tear, central protrusion) and at L5-S1 (desiccation, loss of disc height, central protrusion with mild effacement of anterior thecal sac). The result is sciatica - a lot of aching with occasional shooting pains down the outsides of both legs, primarily from knees to ankles. Plus low back pain. I've tried PT (twice) and Celebrex (which didn't help). I exercise & try to strengthen the core muscles (as docs have advised) and watch my weight.
I've gone through ten sets of ESIs, and now have an appointment for a consult with a spinal surgeon. My ortho feels that a fusion is probaby in my future.