Need some advice please. Long story but I’ll try to keep it concise. For a year now I have been dealing with lower back pain. Pretty much non stop pain to be exact and it started as a complete sudden onset from picking up my backpack for work.
I started with PT to try and rehab after a few weeks of the pain not subsiding. Continued with everything else possible for months and months with the pain starting to travel down my left leg, mostly anterior thigh. I finally got an MRI because I thought an ESI might help. My MRI was not bad really. Two levels of DDD l4/l5.. and S1. Disc protrusions of 4mm. Now I have had 3 spinal injections with little success and only a few weeks of relief with the last one being about a month ago from a transforminal approach. 3rd has helped the most however..
The first 2 surgeons (ortho) I saw couldn’t really find a diagnosis for my pain. Did not recommend Surgery but did order a CT scan.
The 3rd doc I have just seen is a Neurosurgeon at UCSD and is recommending a L4/5 Left Laminectomy based off of the minor narrowing he sees at that level on my new CT scan.
Ok so all this said I don’t know what to do really. I’m so tired of the pain it’s difficult most times to know what the smart move is to do. My brother is a PT who is mad at me for even considering Surgery but I’m def getting desperate.
Does it make sense to have a L4/5 Left sided Lami based off of these symptoms and would it help me?
Symptoms: Back pain, flank pain both sides, Left anterior thigh pain, with a touch of calf and foot nerve issues... sitting is the worst
make 180 lbs 6’0” 36 y/o
Any feed back is helpful. Thanks all