To start I do have degenerative disk disease which runs in my family but my physical characterists do not support why I have this issue other than it could run in my family. I have a torn disk with a hole within my disk between my L4 and L5, which occurred Feb 8th plus I have a bulging disk between my L5 and S1. I have had two epidural shots to help alleviate the pain and I have had very temporary benefits and I have a severe allergy to narcotics so I get no real relief from the pain in my back and now both of my legs have sciatic pain which includes numbness in my toes but as of yet I have not lost strength, but I have and a new symptoms begin or at least I think its related, the area from my tailbone to my front side tingles, I also have more intense pain shoot down both legs so when that happens I almost lose my balance. What should I do because the last time I spoke to my doctor he said I am too young to do surgery but I don’t know how much more of this I can take?
The symptoms have to match with your MRI findings. How large is the disc herniation and does it compress the nerve roots?
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Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.