Nerve root block

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I've been given a date to have a nerve root block of L5 for slipped disk causing sciatic down the right leg. I am so anxious about it. Has anyone got any experience having this procedure. Should I be worried. Do you have any tips and when should I expect to be back to normal activities after having the procedure. Any advice and experiences much appreciated!!

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    Injection into the back to numbe the pain and help reduce inflamation. My physio said it has a 60% success rate. I'm not so sure I jumped it and went straight for the microdisectomy (not so bad just 6 weeks of being very careful) and feell great now.

    Google  - Mckenzie Institute Webinar Dr Suprin on back ache and sciatica.

    Then seek out Mckenzie exercises (and pelvic tilt) and do them for a couple of weeks and see how you feel.  The objective is to centralise the pain into the back. Book an MRI anyway unless you have had one, then you can see how bad the disk rupture is.

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      Yes it was L5 S1.  I was insured privately £9 per month. So I had the MRI scan after a week or so after my referral from my doctor.

      The ruptured (prolapsed) disc was sticking out quite a lot, so no wonder my sciatic nerve was playing up. The NHS is a mess and back problems are the most common complaint so getting it sorted is a long process. I would have paid for the operation on a credit card if I had had too, the pain in my leg was terrible. It cost £6,800, thankfully some inherritance paid for it. 

      Best thing, I am so glad I had it done. I am self employed and needed to get back to work quickly.  To me injections are just a stop gap to the inevitable.   

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    I too had an S1 prolapse pressing on my root nerve (turned out it had crushed it flat!) and they tried a root nerve injection on me but didn't work. I had a microdisectomy in Jan and was the best thing ever! I have to be careful till the new year due to the severity of the compression as it was crushed that bad.

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