I had a MD done on a large L5-S1 herniation in Oct 2020. I am a 21 year old male.
There was a significant relief of pain post op as well as increased functionality for daily activities. I have reached a standstill in my recovery, where I am still experiencing nerve pain in the lumbar and glute.
Although it is ~80-85% better I am still not seeing progress in gaining that extra bit of mobility (guarding)and still get large sensations of pain if I move the wrong way.
I have been diligent in my recovery with my therapy and exercise however I am getting a bit worried. As a athlete and aspiring police officer I want to be at my best.
Will this pass? Should I get another MRI? Injection?
Thank you in advance for your time. Kindly,
You are now 6 months out from a microdiscectomy with reasonably good relief but have plateaued in your recovery and plan to become a police officer which involves high impact and torsional loading work. With continued symptoms 6 months out, a new MRI would be helpful. If there is no recurrent herniation, an epidural steroid injection can be helpful.