Well it’s been about 11 days since I received the epidural injection and it seems that helped a little. It’s not 100%, but there is a slight improvment. My doctor says he gives 3 shots in a 6 month period. My current treatment options are exercise, physical therapy, epidural injections, and pain medication. I wouldn’t consider back surgery unless it got to the point where I was not capable doing my normal daily activities such as school and work, which requires a lot of walking and standing.
As of now the pain, discomfort, and numbness I feel is tolerable on most days with pain medication. It seems that if I keep my body moving the pain isn’t as bad as being stationary for a long period of time. Like if I were to stand at the sink doing dishes, that is more painful than walking around. Sleeping for more than 5 hours tends to give my back some issues too. I think I need a firmer mattress for my back because I wake up everyday with back aches on top of the pinched nerve.