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I am a 61 year old male. About a month ago I woke up with what was later diagnosed as sciatica. It was very painful, pain, numbness, tingling from leafy buttock all the way down my leg. Went my regular doctor and was given prednisone pak, Vicodin, and muscle relaxant. After three days it was just as bad. I’m an avid scratch level golfer, I continued to play. Mornings were the worst, as moved around it would get better. After a week of this I made another visit to doctor only to be told I need to ice it and give it time. I then saw a chiropractor. He took X-ray and showed basically nothing. He started adjustments and did electrical stimulation which helped at first. I saw him over the next 10 days doing the same treatment regimen. Then last week on Monday the pain started to get worse along with the numbness and started left foot drop. Nothing I did was helping, I could walk or even just hang leg down off edge of bed. It would not hurt if I stayed still but the minute I got up the pain would come in a wave. Excruciating pain, pain I’ve never experienced. It was dibilitating. I couldn’t stand it. I was miserable. I then went to a orthopedic surgeon that week on Tuesday. He looked at me and prescribed an MRI that day and gave me oxycodone for the pain. The MRI that afternoon showed I had a herniated disc at L4-L5 that was pushing into the spine causing the whole issue on my left leg. He set me up for an epidural pain procedure the next day. I received the epidural and had approx 3 hours of relief only to have it come back only worse. At this point I was in tears sobbing in pain. Was up all night suffering. I was referred to a spine surgeon that coming morning. In the waiting room I was crying in pain, couldn5 find any position that was going to relieve the pain. The surgeon came into the exam room and immediately direct admitted me to the hospital to control the pain through IV therapy and scheduled a discectomy for the following day. I went into surger that afternoon. After the surgery the surgeon told me the disc had herniated into a big jellied mess. Had to remove the entire disc. In the morning I was up to walk with the nurse, I was absolutely pain free. No nothing. All I had was discomfort at the surgical site. I am 4 days post su4gery and remain pain free. The survical site still sore as hell but omg the pain is gone. I have no idea what could have caused such a mess with the disc having never injured my back. I’m hoping that I continue to have zero pain. I want to get back on golf course, I realize it will be at least 6 weeks. Maybe more. I will begin physical therapy as soon as I can. I’m concerned that I will have bone on bone where the disc was removed. This all happened within a month having zero back pain to surgery. I wanted to get this down on paper to add to your excellent support that I know helped
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