You note you are “experiencing a repeat of nerve pain in my glute hip and hamstring and targeted pain in the lower lumbar that feels very very similar to 2.5 years ago. Each day this week the pain is intensifying and I have stopped all activity”.
I would not wait but get a new MRI right now. If you have no weakness, you might be a candidate for an epidural steroid injection. If weakness is present, a repeat microdiscectomy would be necessary. Tell your husband that the root pain is significant and needs to be treated. Recurrent herniations are common and occur about 20% of the time.
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.