Hello there I'm new to this group I'll give you a little background about myself, I'm 49 years old, have been a machinist for 28 years and I was suffering from extreme lower back Pain which ran down the back of my leg and into my foot, we known as sciatica.
My MRI in April 2016 had shown disc extrusion at L1/L2 with cephalad migration about 12 mm in length, and 3 to 4 mm in thickness protruding into the spinal canal, I also have a mild disc herniation at L3/L4 and finally had disc herniation at L5/S1 with spondylosis. After going through physical therapy, seeing the chiropractor, going through traction, and having numerous injections I finally ended up having surgery in August 2016. I had fusion of L5/S1 which was done on two separate days, the first day they went through my abdomen and inserted a cage and then two days later they went thru my back and put rods and screws into my vertebrae to stabilize and allow the fusion to take. I am still suffering from lower back pain but now it's more localized in my left hip with the burning sensation in the middle of my back and into my hip as well, sleeping at night is a challenge and sitting is very uncomfortable as well. Lately trying to sleep has been a nightmare the hip pain now is into my right side occasionally which feels like fire and I debated on going to the emergency room the other night but was being stubborn and just didn't go. I believe that the pain I'm feeling in my hip is caused by the disc extrusion at L1/L2, from looking online doing some research I see that the nerve roots from that area run around into the hip and groin. I have recently spoken to my surgeon about this additional pain that I am having and unfortunately I cannot have another CT scan until January and can't get into see him till February, so now I am debating whether or not to try another injection to see if it calms my hip down. I am just looking for some advice or to talk with someone who has similar experiences as I have, any input would be greatly appreciated thank you very much.