I've had back problems for many year (33 years old) from the lower back and in the worst cases down the leg. The pain came in episodes lasting anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. But since this summer I'm having a lot of pain from the lower back all the way through to the ankle and it has been my longest straight period of time experiencing such pain (4 months). I was seeing a chiro a few years ago and am now seeing a physio but this time around it hasn't helped much. I've taken an MRI recently and it seems to show a herniated disk. They gave me a CD but I haven't heard back from my doctor yet. Here's the MRI.
I got my report last week and it says I have a L5 S1 herniated disk and a few smaller bulges on a few other discs. It says tough that I have no significant spinal stenosis but I've had horrible pain (burning sensation) in my lower back and down the left leg for over 4 months now. I cannot sit for more than 30 minutes. If I try to drive I have a lot of trouble standing back up getting out of the car. Does anyone have any advice ?
Would a epidural help ?