Hey. Little intro-Im a 20 year old male, about 6'2, 210lbs. I herniated my S1 aboiut 3-4 for months ago, not sure how but i think it was a weight lifting incident. Afterwards i thought it was a bad muscle pain so i tried to "suck it up" and ended up making it much worse.
So far ive had all 3 of my ESI's, the 2nd proved to help a lil but the other two didnt do much. Im on 75mg lyrica 3X a day and diflinonac (sp) 2X.
Heres the part i kinda need help with
Doctor said i need surgery. Im all for it honestly, i have to go back to school and nothing else really worked. He suggeted a new and nonivasive Disc FX procedure which seems promising from what ive read. Doctor really bolstered it but he probably only sees $$ signs everywhere.
He told me that in order to go ahead with this surgery he needs to do a Discogram beforehand to "confirm the pain is coming from my disc". I stared at him.. like where the hell else is it coming from? The procedure involves mildly sedating me, sticking a needly in 2-3 discs to force me into pain which i already have enough of, and then get a ct scan which gives high doses of radiation.
To me it really seems this is not needed. I have an MRI clearly depicting a large disc herniation at ly l5s1. Both side and top views, clear depiction of the herniation.
I feel this procedure adds unneeded risk, pain, and exposure, recovery time, cost, etc. Is there any way to get out pf this? Is it truly needed?