I am 35 years old. Two years ago my back went out due to me picking something up that was too heavy. After a trip to the ER I was fine. They gave me a shot & sent me on my way. About a year ago I started getting pain in my lower back (mostly on my right side) never really bothered me. It was occasional pain but this things took a turn for the worse. I stared getting pain in my buttock on my right side, then the pain radiates down my leg, & I get numbness in my leg & toes. The pain is so horribly intense & painful. Worse then labor. I can no longer stand for more then 5 minutes, It's extremely painful to walk. I have to get in a fetal position to stop the pain. I can no longer walk in the grocery store, I can't enjoy the simple fun things with my daughter because of this constant pain. I am currently going through pain management & the want to get me started on the epidural steroid injection shot. I am nervous because I have been getting the cortisone shot every 2 weeks & they don't work...nothing is working. I am debating between the epidural shot & surgery. I don't want to keep injecting stuff into my body for temporary relief and then a year from now still need surgery. I understand that the epidural is for pain...it's not going to help shift my disc back into place & off my nerves. I had recently seen by a neurosurgeon who went over the MRI images & showed my disc on my nerves which is causing sciatica. I am a single mom & need something that will work, not temporary relief. Any suggestions? Any feedback on the epidural shot vs. surgery? I am having a hard time deciding what route to go. I believe it will be a microdiscectomy. The doctor said it would be a simple surgery to remove the disc off my nerves. The success rate is 95%, but my whole thing is the recovery. I was told it would take two weeks & to take it easy & being that I work in an office environment that I could go back to work within a couple days as long as I don't do any heavy lifting (which I can avoid). I am deathly afraid of being put under & them cutting me open but I don't know if it would be worth doing the epidural injection shots for 9 months because its not going to shift my disc back in place & off the nerves. After researching the epidural injection is recommended for lower back pain. My pain is in my buttocks & my leg...pain in these areas I have read they do not recommend the epidural shots. I do not want to be injected in my spine for temporarily relief if I'm going to have to have surgery in the long run. I am trying to weigh my options & make the best decision for my health, my spine & for my daughter & I. Please help me. View Thread
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