I suufer with mechanical back pain for long time. In past I have had facet joint injections twicw which did give me releif for some.
Two months ago a had a recent episode of pain. This was totally different to what I had experienced in past. I have pain going through to my left leg going down to ankle. There is numbness and weakness in this leg and I have slight bladder problem which was not there before.
None of the pain killers helped me, this includes - Co-codomol, Declofanic, Zydol. Finally I was prescribed Lyrica which helped. My pain is still there and there is numbness and weakness is there.
I have had an MRI last Friday. The findings are -'There is a posterior annular disc ruppture and sequestrated disc noted at the L4/L5 level that is causing compression and displacementof the left L5 nerve root, and possibly also the left S1 nerve root'.
I have been reffered to Neurosugery and waiting to hera from them.
What is your advice would I have to go for surgery?
My quality of life is affacted and I can not afford to be off work for long time.