This question goes out to all you that are still training after injuring a disc. I received my second epidural injection about 3 weeks ago for a herniation of the L5S1 disc, and I have to say it felt great, sciatica was gone, no tightness or any of the accompanying symptoms. The only issue I have now is from time to time I experience what I can only describe as feeling the nerve in my butt.
What Im trying to figure out is if it is truly pain due to gentle pressure still on the nerve, or if its all in my head, much like an amputee who still occasionally feels sensation from the limb. Now obviously nobody on the internet can tell me for sure, but Im curious as to the experience of others who have had injections.
Has anyone else experienced this phantom pain after the disc has mostly healed? I have read many stories where the injection did not help much but how about some people who it really did help.
My back ground is that I got this injury being a fool, I ego squatted, and I squatted incorrectly, coupled with just bad lifting habits in general I was asking for this to happen. I lifted for over a year with after the injury, being the genius internet doctor I was I diagnosed myself with a bad spinal erector strain lol, if only I had read an article on sciatica I would have thought differently.
When I finally got my MRI the disc was really just bulging, not a true herniation but still gently pressing on the nerve, however Im not sure how bad the initial injury was since it was well over a year since it had occurred. What finally got me to the doctor was after completing the first week of the I-bodybuilder back phase, it aggravated the sciatica enough to the point that it extended to midway down my left buttock.
So for the time being I am no longer squatting or dead lifting, back extensions, hack squats and lunges have become my staples for lower back and legs. Thanks for any replies