Hello, this is an update about my condition (originally posted in "Sciatica for over 6 mos."). I have had sciatica (left side only) for nearly 11 mos. now; the pain is worst in my lower left leg and pretty much constant. I finally went to a clinic for uninsured/low-income and they did Xrays; two days later I was told I have DDD and arthritis. I went for an MRI 4 days ago and got the results today: "broad-based disc bulge with left paracentral protrusion component; disc material effaces the left lateral recess and likely efaces left L5 nerve root." The conclusion says "left paracentral disc protrusion L4-5 with effacement of left L5 nerve root." This is not entirely clear to me; all I understand is that I have a disc herniation at L4-L5 compressing the sciatic nerve. I've been told I need to see a spine specialist.
Unfortunately, I have no insurance and don't qualify for Medicaid. Indigent funding paid for the MRI but they don't cover doctors or physical therapy (I am being billed for the radiologist). I already have bills from another surgery I underwent earlier this year.
I'd like to know if anyone else had a similar condition; if so, what treatment did you undergo? I am in pain all the time. I have hydrocodone to take at night so I can sleep; I am also on Elavil for nerve pain.
I take short walks a few times a week, maybe 15-20 minutes, and this does not relieve the pain. (I had been told one should exercise and stretch to help sciatica. I do nnot believe it helps in my case.)