Hello fellows in pain!
I'm 34 and have been struggling with pain in lower back and leg, due to a herniated disc for a while, and it has brought my life to a halt.
2 months of ignoring the initial complaints led the lower back pain to spread into the leg and down to the ankle. An MRI confirmed an herniated disc. Almost 3 months of conservative treatment have passed:
The first 2 months were refraining from sitting, standing or walking too long, hot water bottle and very light stretching exercises, with no noticeable progress. Pain was under control when lying on my back.
Then I tried the "4xT" method (test, tape, trigger, train) which diminished pain an improved mobility in the first session. But shortly after -not sure if due to this treatment or a violent sneeze- pain got worse and constant, and the treatment stopped being effective to control it. Lying on my stomach is now the least painful position to hold.
Tramadol wasn't enough to aliviate the pain and sleeping became impossible. I got an epidural injection, which in theory was going to aliviate the pain after 10 days. In the meantime, I started with Oxycodon to cope.
It has been 15 days and the results are mixed: pain is less but still constant no matter posture, and cannot sleep more than 3 hours in a row; the "electrical" pain down the leg became this pulsating, amorphous constriction feeling in back, thigh and buttocks (different spots than before)
Mobility has improved though, so I restarted with physio, based on the exercises commonly recommended and massage. But walking and exercising make the pain increase. Overall, I'm worst than at the beginning of the treatment, 3 months ago.
So, I'm out of ideas. I'm "doing my homework" but it doesn't seem to respond well. The neurologist so far seems to be ok with "just wait and see how it goes", but I'm losing confidence it's going to improve at all. I really don't want to undergo surgery, given the risks, but I think it's going to happen anyways, so I also think "why wait?".
Can somebody with a similar process share with me their experience? I'd really appreciate some leads on what to expect, I feel in the dark.
Thanks in advance!