New memeber and somewhat new sufferer. I'm 42 formally very active sports individual that injured myself roughly a year ago and in March had a lumbar MRI that showed L4/L5 was a full rupture and S1/L5 was severely herniated. Delayed surgery and opted for conservative therapy, which resulted in further damage and nerve problems. By May was unable to walk regardless of the meds taken, but continued to work and carry on with life (I'm a bit hard headed). At this point RN wife made me see neurosurgeon who said we had to fix this before permanent damage was done (rheumatologist confirmed, as I also have psoriatic arthritis). Scheduled surgery, continued to work and even took the family to Disney in June (scooter rental is by far the way to do Disney!). Had surgery July 8th (double laminectomy), and at first follow up I had full range of motion back and was off all meds, although the nerve damage (numbness and weakness remained). Continued PT and by 8 wks out was released to full activities. I did not go back to my usual gym activities(I'm 6'-1" and was 240 withless than 10 percent body fat. I don't say this to brag but to show my level of fitness and knowledge of my body and what I expected to return too) but focused on making sure this was behind me for good. In October while camping in our rv (no ground for me) I woke up in pretty severe pain. Finished our trip, but was getting worse. By the time we made it home I couldn't move and barely made it to bed. Called the surgeon and he said the only thing he could do was order another MRI which I had in early November. He called me to discuss the results and said there was nothing wrong and that I just needed to work out. Not acceptable to that, I took the MRI disc to my rheumatologist who said your L5/S1 is herniated again. Sent me to PM dr and they were visibly annoyed by the surgeon's comments (they know him and said they would be placing a call to him). So this past Monday I had my first ESI and as of today I'm having zero relief and would say it's getting worse. Over Christmas all the prior nerve pain has returned and a new nerve pain has begun which is in my groin and feels like my male parts are being continually hit or squeezed.
Sorry for the long post, but wanted to provide all background info before asking advice. So with my current condition, and with the severe levels of pain I'm having, I'm having serious issues working or just being up and moving. My question is what's next for me if these injections don't work? Also at what point does disability assistance make since and would I even qualify? This is all new to me, and with having 6 prior orthopedic surgeries(knees and shoulders etc) that I recovered from and never slowed down with, I'm beginning to get nervous that I won't bounce back from this.
Any advise or encouragement would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.