Went to the spine specialist on Friday. It was very interesting to see my MRI. It was interesting to see how much narrowing there is where the disc is protruding and to see that the disc btwn L5-S1 is almost completely black where the healthy ones showed up as nice a white. Doc recomended Physical therapy and an epidural steroid injection that I will be getting on Halloween. He said whether it is surgery some time soon or in a few years I will probably have to have it. It would be a spinal fusion. I go back to him in 6 weeks unless my pain starts getting worse then I can call and make an appointment to see him sooner. He said he only see's my condition getting worse and that eventually he wouldnt be surprised if I started getting sciatica down my left leg as well (oh god, please no!!!) Right now I only have it only in my right. I also can't lift anything that more than 10 pounds but he said walking is good and hiking to as long as I don't have pain while doing it.
I have been reading some of the posts on people who have gotten these shots and it seems completely different for everyone. Is there a crazy amount of pain afterwards? Do they give you pain meds for after in case you need them? I am very nervous about it but willing to try anything.
I have been talking with a sports therapist about physical therapy. We have just been emailing back and forth, I haven't seen him yet but he was reccomended by a friend. Has anyone ever used active release techniques for your muscle spasm and nerve pain? That is what this guy uses. But he is a chiropractic sports therapist and spine doc said stay away from chiropractic care, but if he doesn't do any manipulation would it be worth a try? My lower back is in a constant spasm. I dont think it ever goes away.