Sciatica pain!! Need advise!!
I am a 37 yr old male who suffers from lower back and leg pain.. My problems started in July 2008 when I was in a MVA when I was ran off the highway and hit a oak tree head on.. The impact messed my back up and started seizures from the bleeding on my brain. I had multiple facial surgeries and that was it except for a broken arm and hand. The MRI done then showed a disc protrusion 5mm at l5-s1 with associated annular tear. Thir was DDC at l4-l5 and facet hyertrophy with ligamentum flavum thickening bilatterally. Since the MRI I have been through PT, meds and 3 epidural steroid injections without releif. Because of facet issues they did 2 facet injections to see if that was the problem and they also failed.
I am really at a lost.. The pain in buttocks and legs is always their and gets unbearable at times especially when riding in a car for more than 20-30 mins or sitting to watch a movie.. This causes exterme burning and pain.. When I go to bed the pain eases for a short period of time then flares up befor getting a numbing sensation when I lye on my back.. I have to get up and walk around to get feeling back and start all over, makes for really long nights without sleep, and having 8mos old daughter is getting hard to pu outta crib and Im missing precious time being inactive with her.. My older boys 15,11 are in sports and I can no longer coach them and it sucks.
Im sure people have had the same issues and or dx and what was done to relive this pain.. Have I missed something to do? And yes chiropractor is not an option.. I am to see a neurosurgeon in a few weeks and would like to have some questions about surgery and what types may be done.. i want to avoid it but not sure if I will be able to.. I did see where the annular tear can cause alot of pain from the chemicals leaking out.. If this is my main problem what can be done? I appreciate any followups and advise that may be given