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66 year old male
First , 3 Weeks of the worst pain I've ever had, started lower left lumbar and moved to left buttock, deep in the left hip, down front of thigh and into top and left of the knee. Not sciatica since it crosses over to the front. Could not get meds that even put a dent in the pain, thanks to the federal government control over prescribing effective meds, even when called for.....
Finally get an MRI after initially denied by the insurance company.......MRI finding, besides all the age related degeneration, a large far lateral herniated disc L3-L4. Less then ten % of disc herniation present this way.
Now over 6 weeks in and only marginally better, acute pain when standing or walking, less pain while lying down and some relief when sitting in certain chairs.
May need surgery. This type is more difficult to repair, more painful and problematic for permanent nerve damage
Any advice appreciated. Wait it out, orthopedist or neurosurgeon?
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