I've been reading this forum for the past 5 months, since the beginning of my symptoms. It's been eye opening to know there are so many people who suffer as I've been
I'm writing to get some thoughts on some questions and concerns I have.
First, the reason I'm writing is because I'm looking for people who have had similar MRI results as mine- it seems like there are so many small differences in everyone's diagnosis and conditions, but I thought that there must be someone out there with the same diagnosis.
I've been suffering for 5 months now from sciatica due to a bulged/herniated disc at the L5-S1. Specifically, this is what the reading was: Focal right posterolateral disc protrusion at L5-S1 that causes severe right neuroforaminal stenosis and contacts the exiting L5 nerve both in the right neural foramen as well as extraforaminally. Leftward disc bulge at L1-L2 without associated spinal canal or neuroforaminal stenosis.
My pain has fluctuated from severe to moderate. I received my first epidural injection 10 days ago, and to be honest, not much has changed.
I just recently visited a second spine specialist who said that I might consider surgery at the 6 month mark if I'm still in pain.
My questions are: Has anyone had similar MRI results as mine, and if so, what was the course of action/inaction? I'm getting different responses regarding a herniated disc- my acupuncturist said it will dissolve given time, normally 6 months to 2 years. However, the spine specialist said it will never dissolve. Hmmmm . . . . Which is it? Lastly, any advice? My wife and I are expecting twins in 6 months and I'm about as useful as a wet rag right now with this injury. Five months seems like an eternity to me.