Definitely exhaust your other options before you get a discectomy, especially with a degenerative rather than traumatic problem. It's a serious surgery, with significantly less than 100% chance of improvement. I'm three years out from mine and I still have stiffness in my back occasionally.
Nah- not that far in yet. Good info though, thanks... from what I understand it's not so much protruding or herniated but disintegrating...
Disintegrating = the walls are starting to break down and the insides (try to think of it as a jelly donut) are beginning to leak. Here's a visual example:
Now the top image shows the stages of degeneration. But degeneration and prolapse can both be "bulges" because they are allowing the disc material to expand, thus shrinking the disc space. The bottom shows the difference between a bulge and a herniation.
If the main symptoms are in your leg and buttock, its the nerve.
if the main symptoms are just in your back, it could be the nerve or the facet joint.
An injection into the appropriate nerve(s) or joint(s) will work quite nicely.
Cortisone only lasts a few months in effect, but often its enough to break the cycle of compression --> irritation --> swelling --> more compression --> etc etc especially with concomittant physiotherapy
Yeah Rambo- this was like my whole right side was in the light socket for a moment.
Looks like the shots helped calm the nervous system a bit but 4 weeks in the nerve pinch and spasms from sitting up are back.
Just have to keep up with the core PT... am probably going to start yoga with a focus on restorative (not flow). My masseuse teaches yoga as well and she's been very helpful so far.