Herniated discs , need some advice!
Hi, I'm Justin and am hoping for some advice from somebody who has gone through the same situation or similar. The best advice comes from one that has experienced & not always the doctor, even though everyone is diff.,
In 2008 I herniated the L4 & L5 discs, did everything xcept surgery, and felt relief from 3 steroid injections for maybe 1yr. during the next 3 yrs. I went back to doc once for same pain. If I had went every time I had pains I would live in the doctors office. To keep food on the table I would work and deal w the pain, unless it was impossible.
About 1 month ago at work I had sudden pain with no injury to cause it. Ended up seeing a different doctor & after doing a 2nd MRI he realized it's not the same disc ,, now the L5- S1 is herniated , causing major pain in back and down both legs, and numbness down left leg with serious cramping that would last for 2-3 hrs. cramped up badly , calf muscle, foot and left thigh. Left me feeling like somebody beat my leg with a sledgehammer.
The doc says this injury had nothing to do with the previous , which I find hard to believe, Can anybody tell me if a herniated disc can cause more pressure on the next lowest discs , causing new herniations. I've been dealing with the workers comp doctors, and although I have had a couple good doctors ,I know that they are limited to what they can or have to do for injured workers.
Thanks for ur input, I will appreciate any, and if I can help anybody else with their problems, feel free to get at me.