Re: L5-S1 Protruded Disk & Sciatica Pain
Hi, and welcome to the group. If I were you, I would not settle anything until you get another MRI to check your spine status. Since you are having this sciatic-like pain, and since you have the one back disc, it's vital that you know whether this problem is getting worse. The thing is, no matter how much we might not want to do surgery, sometimes things progress to a point where there is no choice. That would be something like symptoms of numbness, tingling, burning, loss of strength, all of which are usually caused by a pinched nerve. At this point, this doesn't apply to you, but you have no way of knowing what the future will bring.
You need to see a neurosurgeon or an ortho who limits his practice to the spine, and get their best take on what the future holds. If you let wc off the hook now, you could find yourself paying your own medical bills someday if this turns out to be an ongoing problem.
I am just giving you the worst case scenario, and I hope that it doesn't apply to you........just want you to be sure to look at all the possible options.
Best of luck.
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