I posted this in the Pain forum and then realized this would probably be a better place.
I'll give you a bit of history first..
I am 30 yrs old and have had pinched nerve "issues" in my right hip for approx. 10 yrs. Nothing bad...I'd go to the chiro and he'd fix me up and I'd be good to go.
Well, this time it was ALL different. on Nov 11/3/08 I went to the chiro (one I usually don't see) with the "usual" pinched nerve in my hip. I woke up 11/5 early a.m. in excrutiating pain in my pelvis/upper left leg. I thought I was in labor all over again.
I then went to my "usual" chiro for the next week and 1/2 or so 3x a week and didn't really get any better.
To make this short..I had an X-ray done by my Primary Dr which then he referred me to get an MRI. He also put me on the Medrol dose pack and that seemed to help a bit. A few days later I had to get some pain meds from him.
The MRI I had done was on 11/19 and showed:
L2-L3 small central disc protusion with associated annular fissure. Mild spinal canal stenosis.
L3-L4 very large extruded disc as described severly narrowing the spinal canal/lateral recesses.
L4-L5 disc buldge with associated annular fissure with moderate L4-L5 neural foraminal narrowing.
I saw a Neurosurgeon on 12/1 and he recommeded a nice hefty back brace (not the turtle one) and to take it easy (no lifting, etc) for the next month to see if my body will "dissolve" the disc fragment. If it does, I will then go on to physical therapy and possible epid. injections if needed.
I also had the EMG done and it showed significant weakness in my left foot. ( I can't pass any of the strength tests he manually does on my foot either).
Now to fast forward to today.
I went back to see the neurosurgeon and he "excused" me from the surgery list. YIPPEE....I am terrified of having back surgery.
He wrote me orders to go through physical therapy (to include aquatherapy) for the next 6 weeks. It also has ultrasound, massage, and strengthening listed on there.
His major concern is my foot drop issues I am having on the left side.
If I don't show improvement by the end of Jan, he said he will then again look towards surgery.
So...here are my thoughts/questions (PLEASE post if you have any experience)..
Will the therapy or has it for you helped in the nerve not being pinched?
What in your experience helped the most to unpinch the nerve? At this point this is my biggest issue!!
I still wonder if traction or spinal decompression would help unpinch the nerve better?!?!? --- He said he didn't want me to do it right now though.
I was so excited I "dodged" one surgery for now. I want to be sure and do anything I can to strengthen up my foot and "pass" his test at the end of Jan.
Any thoughts / experiences would be GREATLY welcome!!!