Re: Where to go next?
was the disc causing the sciatica? if there was no clear indication about that, it could even be 2 separate problems (i have 3). all of mine are in the same region, so it took 4 years to id them as separate.
for the bulging disc, at least, i would visit an ortho surgeon to discuss options. you may be able to find a real solution (incl. non-op) for the disc. i had a tear & ddd (L3-4, L4-5), and an idet has worked for me since i had it done last july/aug. there are quite a few non-op options for bulging discs, from what i understand.
you will hear this from others: everyone's different so idet may not be your answer, and make sure you find an ortho w/neuro knowledge. mine had a neuro fellowship, his office has a neuro on staff, and they're on the cutting edge of testing new procedures for fda approval.
Sciatica, L3-4 Tear, Spinal Stenosis, DDD L3-S1
Fusion (BMP) L4-5 '11
Anterior Fusion (BMP) L3-S1 '13