What I didn't mention in my first post a couple of weeks ago is that there were 3 weeks of moderately strong pain that preceded the full-blown attack (L4-L5 herniation) that made my wife call 911. During those 3 weeks I experienced increasing tension all over my lower back and I had to walk, sit and lay down with great care to avoid more pain. There were two stages: the 3 weeks of Level 6 pain, followed by a severe Level 10 attack.
I've read about steroid injections as treatment, but is that only in the middle of full--blown attacks, to relieve extreme pain or is it also used to prevent such an attack? Since then I have recovered for the most part. But I feel increasing tension in my back. Should I get an injection now or wait until it hits with full force again?