Hi all. I'll dive right in...
In my case there was never a specific injury or accident. I had light pain in the right side of the glut occasionally, for 2 years. It popped up early this tear w/ some tightness in the right hamstring, and didn't improve. Around mid February the sciatic pain hit: right side of the glut down to the foot. No numbness or tingling. Big ache’s and sharp pains. MRI showed large right Para central herniation with root nerve encroachment. 1st Micro 3/27.
I had little to no nerve pain for about a month. In early May I awoke to a reherniation. MRI showed small herniation with mass effect on the nerve. 2nd Micro 6/27
I had little to no nerve pain for about a week. Then had very light pain for about 15 weeks. Re-reherniated as of 2 weeks ago. The diagnosis is that I have a genetic predisposition to reherniation (and herniation of course).
Current Pain Level = Tolerable. But I can’t work. I can sit, stand, and walk for brief periods of time only. I’m out on short term disability for the 3rd time this year.
Current Meds = Celebrex, & a large dose of suckitup
3/27/08 L5-S1 Microdiscectomy
6/27/08 L5-S1 Microdiscectomy
Current Status = Re-reherniated. Next surgery:
12/01/08 L5-S1 Microdiscectomy