I have a herniated disc at my L5 S1 that's causing horrible sciatic pain. I got injured August 11 in a softball tournament and I've been dealing with it ever since. 7 weeks of chiropractic care, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory meds. Nothing helped at all. I now have muscle loss in my left calf and I've completely lost the reflexes in my left foot. The surgeon said that because it had already been 15 weeks with no improvement, its just not going to get better on its own.
I guess they're going to go in and cut away the part of the disc that's herniated. I have to stay one night in the hospital cause ill be on a pain pump.
Has anyone else gone through this?? What kind of pain meds are they going to give me afterwards since I don't think I can take vicodin?? How long am I going to be miserable?? I'm so worried this Christmas is going to be awful now :(
Any advice is greatly appreciated...