I'm sorry to hear about the discs. It's not a fun thing.
In 1987 I herniated c3-4, c5-6 and c6-7 (all are in the neck.... cervical) by picking up a peck of oranges on Christmas eve at work. I was a postmaster then..... Merry Christmas.
Now I have grade 3 Spondylolisthesis which is a vertebra slide forward on the one below it at L-5, S-1.
There are several types of pain management treatments they can now do. One is to inject Novocain and other mixtures of pain relief medications. For me they didn't make much difference.
Another was to do a nerve block with microwaves. Again, for me this didn't work but many people have had relief from all the injections.
The only one that was more than a mild discomfort to do was the nerve block. The doctor should do spurts of Novocain as the needle is going in so there is much less pain than one would expect.
For all of them I was required to have a driver to get home and to just take it easy for the next 24 hours.
The only thing left for me is back surgery with a bone graft. To be honest I'm scared out of my mind. So I'll deal with the pain for now.
And it's so weird to experience the different effects of the nerves being touched.... they are difficult to explain.
Work with the pain management doctors. It's really the only way to go. Years ago a neurosurgeon told me to NEVER let anyone take a knife to 'repair' the discs. Coming from him put the fear of God into me about it. After all, that's how he made his living. Gotta respect his advice.
I have had 3 full days of being pain free in the last nearly 22 years.... but I'm still hobbling around. I know there have been medical advancements in that time but, for now, I'll deal with the pain.
I do have and take pain medications on an 'as needed' basis. Sometimes they make me a bit loopy.... (and you all thought I was just goofy by nature....) <very big grin>
You might have very good results from the injections. And that is my hope for you. My advice is to stay away from a surgeon's knife. Also you might help the injections by having some physical therapy. Building the muscles around that area could be quite helpful.
Whatever you decide to do be sure you trust your doctor 100%. If you don't you might want to get a second opinion on whatever treatment he is advising.
Danny, trust your gut... it knows your body better than any doctor.
Good luck and keep us posted. I hope you get relief!
Well I found out that my back problems are herniated Disc on L4-L5 and L5-S1; They want me to get some kind of shots to get rid of the pain. Said they will try this firs if it doesnt work then it surgery.
Any one ever had shots for a herniated disc? Does it really Help?