Matt Tyszkiewicz created the topic: Herniated discs and lost as to how to resolve
I'm a first time posted and did search before posting so here we are. I'm hoping somebody could please provide some insight into their joirney or who to see and what to do.
I'm 32 and have a herniated L4-L5 and L5-S1. Seen osteos, physics and chiros for months. CT and MRI show 'empty' discs and bludging into the left nerve root causing immense lower back pain. Have had 3x cortisone injections into those discs (5cc each) with no luck. My orthopedic wants to fuse but also said I'm too young and that he won't perform unless I absolutely want it. My neurosurgeon initially said he wouldn't do anything; however, he has now suggested a fusion too given the pain is now running down my left leg (inner quad, partial groin, outer shin), tingling on left foot and some weakness.
I saw a pain mgmt specialist who wrote me a prescription for Norflex. Current meds are lyrica 75mg twice daily, celebrex 100mg twice daily, Norflex 100mg, w done 5mg, Diazapan 5mg.
Not sure what to do now. Get more MRIs? See the same neuro for fusion (which I don't want)? See another neurosurgeon?
Would I be a candidate for a microdiscectomy? Surely that would be a starting point than irreversible surgery?
I'm also seeing another specialist to see whether I'm a candidate for Intradiscal Electrothermal Annuloplasty (IDET).