Hi all, I'm new to this forum and have
been reading allot of threads about lumbar disc herniation, sciatica and treatments,
Not-so Brief background:
I’m 44 years old and live a very active
life – cycling, running, golf, skiing and have 3 young kids.
I initially “hurt” my back around 6 years
ago and for 5 years only experienced muscle spasms once or twice a year, which
I treated with doses co-codemol (8x 30/500) and diazepam (2x 5mg) per day. The
spasms usually subsided after 2-3 days and I could get back to normal life with
no after affects. I also went to a chiro every month to get corrected and keep
my spine in check.
In Feb 2018 I had a flare up and treated
it as before, however this time it didn’t subside and got progressively worse.
I saw a Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon and got a MRI, where he saw I had
a L5-S1 herniated disc. It was a small bulge and I wasn’t experiencing and
nerve pain so he recommended doing physical therapy. This worked for several
months and was back to normal activities, but in September I had another flare
up, but this time with severe nerve pain done both legs (but predominantly down
my left leg). I had a second MRI and it showed the disc bulge had actually got
better, so he encouraged me to continue with PT and restrict driving long
distance / sitting for long times, etc.
I tried this but had a severe flare up in
October – both nerve pain and muscle spasms. I then had epidural injections on
6th Nov and they worked very well for 4 weeks (back to running and
playing golf) until I slipped on a step and jolted my back setting off another
severe episode – nerve pain leading to debilitating muscle spasms. I scheduled
another steroid injection which I had on Fri 4th Jan. They have
helped with the muscle spasms and lower back pain, but I now have bad sciatica
down my left leg like never before – even worse than before the injections. Once
the antithetic wore off the pain was in my left buttock and thigh, but has now
moved down to behind my left knee and calf – it’s a dull ache that gets worse
at times with noticeable weakness in my leg. Luckily no numbness in my leg or foot (yet).
Currently I’m on 4-6x 30/500mg Co-Codemol
and 2x 500mg Naproxen a day, but don’t want to continue taking meds
I wanted to know if anyone has experienced
something similar – where they developed sciatica that was worse after the
injections and moved down the leg?
Did it get better? After how long? Any
Also, did the injections help or did you
need to ultimately have surgery?
At what point did you make that decision?
Also is it possible for disc's to "pop out2 so that at the time of a MRI the bulge doesn't look too bad?
Any other advice would be greatly