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This is my first post on this forum and I'm hoping to get some help from others who have 'been there, done that.' In late October I herniated a disc at L4-5. I was in tremendous pain and actually had to go to the ER, since I was away from home. Since then I have had an MRI, been to the neurosurgeon, had PT, and now I am going for an epidural next week. My pain is not as intense as when the rupture occurred, but I get spasms quite frequently and my leg weakness/numbness scares me. Will the epidural help with the weakness? I feel like I could trip and fall at any time. Pain meds help with the pain when I take them. Luckily I don't have to take them too much, mostly at night to help with sleeping. I am feeling confused as to what to do next. Is there any time frame in which the nerve that is compressed could have permanent damage? Unfortunately, I can't get through my neuro's medical assistant to ask him these questions.
Thanks for any help you can give me.