I have a minimal disk bulge l4/5 (2mm)
2 docs say no surgery but the last 18 months have been unbearable...I have had some success with steroid injections but the flares up come so quick and put me on my back for 24 hours. Flare up of horrible sharp nerve electrical pain that stays localized in the left lower back. Never travels to leg!
I can’t bend over to quick or sit in a chair below a 90 degree angle because if I stand to quick the disk contracts slowly then I get the horrible electricity of pain.its almost as if it’s slipping in and out...
I’m 57 female with a long history of weight lifting but never unsafe stuff, just repetitive motions over 30 years.
Disk slipped after trying to catch a falling 300lb pound TV ten years ago ... Doc said I had arthritis and soft tissue injury because the 2mm bludge could not be causing me the shocking nerve pain that came and went 10 years ago as I continued to left and exercise relatively pain-free but with mild flareups that could be managed with a belt and ice pack...
It was Dec 2018 that I leaned wrong twice in the morning that caused my back to light up like 5 electric knifes ran across my lower back..absolutely worst pain ever... another MRI showed same 2 mm bulge and I’ve not ever been able to return to the gym as I have suffered greatly these last 18 months.
If I had the leg pain things would be clearer but I don’t and never had so docs just say maybe A herniation and could take up to three years to heal.
Has anyone else had this localized nerve pain ?