Herniated L5/S1, sciatic pain, what should I do?
August 2, 2010 11:56 AM Subscribe
I was rear-ended 9 months ago and now have a herniated L5/S1 with associated issues (sciatica, back pain). My doctor wants me to get an epidural injection of corticosteroids. Is this really my best option?
posted by buckaroo_benzai to Health & Fitness (24 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I was rear-ended while at a standstill by someone going 40-50 mph. This resulted in a herniated disc at L5/S1. It's apparently pressing on the nerve that goes down my left leg, giving me sciatica. Doc has also thrown around another term, spondylolisthesis, which apparently adds another layer of complication.
I have tried physical therapy and chiropractors and have been to two different orthopedists (reason was that I moved across the country 6 months ago). At this point I'm surprised that after 9 months I'm still in such bad pain. It's not as bad as it has been, but still enough to be annoying and very uncomfortable at times.
From what I have read about corticosteroids, they merely block the pain receptors so that you don't hurt anymore but don't really fix the problem.
Have you had a similar injury and had this procedure done? If so, what was your experience and would you do it again? If this doesn't work, what other options do I have?