Details: 2 symptoms, 1 diagnosis, 3 treatments tried
Pain and numbness in left leg starting in lower back. Pain is worse in upper gluteus area and numbness is greater down in lower leg.
Plain walking on level ground. Oddly, walking up hill relieves it. I can go hiking on uneven ground but walking on flat ground causes pain. Also, bending backward ad some twisting motions cause a "funny bone" like sensation in my lower back and an increase in symptoms in my leg.
Leaning forward with hands on knees
Weakness in left leg, noticeable when supporting myself on left heel with front of foot lifted
MRI shows pinched nerve from ruptured disk mass in L5 vertebrae expanding into spinal area. Also, stenosis of vertebrae causing excess boney mass to encroach on area
Physical therapy to strengthen core.
I already do a lot of core exercises so the effects of these were minimal. One exercise where I balance on my stomach on an exercise ball and hold my torso up with feet against wall has been helping a little.
Two runs of oral steroids because they helped the last time this happened. The first was 4 mg then 10mg.
Direct steroid injections into spine.
I've had two treatments so far. The first had no effect. It is the next day after the second and I already feel much better. I could tell something good was happening when during the procedure I felt severe pain shooting down my leg when the needle found the right area and then my leg was totally numb for about an hour. This was a much different experience from the first procedure where I experienced no discomfort or aftereffects and consequently no improvement either. After the second injection I am finally allowing myself to feel optimistic.