I have 3 large disc herniations levels L3-L4, L4-L5, L5-S1. This is causing me very little to no back pain, but Sciatic leg pain that feels as though it spews forth from the jaws of Lucifer himself. I have seen a nuerosurgeon and an orthopedic surgeon. The neurosurgeon wants to do a microdiscectomy and the orthopedic wants to do a fusion (in his words, "frankly, with all of the material I'm going to have to remove from the spine, I'll see you in 5 years for the fusion anyway.) I like the orthopod better, and have chosen to go with him.
Anyway, the orthopod wants me to lose 30-50 pounds before the fusion. This will, of course take a while to do. The problem is that my leg pain is getting worse. I cannot sleep through the night without waking up 4-5 times due to pain. I then have to use ice to fall back to sleep. This is driving me INSANE. I just don't think that I can wait to lose the 50 pounds.
Is there any med that can help withe the nerve pain that you guys know about? I've heard of Neurontin. Is that only given post-op?