Got my diagnose in November 2019 after very acute sudden back and leg pain.
The pain was totally crazy, couldn't sleep at night, couldn't walk and during day I could just stay home.
I have a large Disc Bulge - multiple orthopedic surgeons recommended me immediate surgery but because I had an earlier surgery (on the same disc) 10 years ago they said it will require a bigger surgery and the risk of good recovery is smaller. I asked my last doctor for strong painkillers to see if anything else could help me recover. I tried massage (just more pain) chiropractic (no difference either) and physiotherapy (just made the pain better for the moment but in the night is was worse again. And traction (around 20 sessions with no improvement at all.
After all this I found another doctor, recommending me Epidural Stereoid Injection. The first week after the injection the pain got much worse, not even my strong painkillers (Tramadol) helped, but after a week the injection started to work, I could finally live a decent normal life again. My pain got down to a 5 of 10. With a normal painkiller (voltaren) my pain was okay.
After a couple of weeks my back pain started to come back slowly, I guess the injection stopped working.
Just 2 weeks after this I was back in the same pain as I was in the beginning, was laying home crying of intense pain. Got back to my strong painkillers again.
Then I changed my diet. I read a lot about people who's been benefiting from Keto diet with back pain, and decided to give it a chance.
One week after my diet-change the pain was a lot improved, back to same level as my previous stereoid injection was giving me.
This was huge positive news for me.
I could again go to work and do daily activities, but still not good enough for a visit to the gym or social activities with my friends.
The pain since then has been stable, it doesn't improve or get worse now. (5 of 10 in pain) and I still need painkillers every day
(It was around 3-4 weeks ago from now that I changed my diet)
But it's not good enough, I need to get better.
If it doesn't get better than this I will need to do surgery very soon, I can't live on painkillers
What else can I do? Give me all advice