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I've had an L4/L5 and L5/S1 disc bulge since July/August of last year. The pain has improved to an extent, initially when I put my spine into flexion the pain would radiate upwards. Now it's more centralized in my lower back, but it's still very persistent and hasn't gone away.
I went to a physiotherapist who made me quite skeptical as she has me do exercises which made the pain worse (such as lying on my back and tucking my knees into my chest, thus curling my lower back upwards). The only useful thing she gave me were the McKenzie exercises which centralized my sciatic pain.
I was referred to Spine Care and they said that an epidural would reduce the inflammation and reduce the pain.
I'm not sure whether I should actually pursue this, I've heard a few stories where the pain simply got worse for some people and didn't really help. I would like the pain to be reduced as I've had it so long, but would the reduction in inflammation help the healing process of a disc bulge?
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