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Herniated disc losing its fluid and pressing sciatic nerve. Have severe pain in the waist, hip and leg. What to do?

i have a severly herniated disk that is losing its fluid and surrounding and pressing against my sciatic nerve causing me severe pain. Its escalated so quickly that I cant even walk now and i black out from the intense pain. One week ago a pain management team did a lumbar puncture in the hopes it would give me some relief while my surgeon was on vacation. I have gotten so much worse since then.. The pain starts at my waist, goes thru my entire hip, down the length of my leg all the way thru my calf. I cant get into my surgeon until Monday and Im totally dibilatated. Im scared and in tears. They have me taking 2 7.5 vicodins every 4 hours along with valium and it does nonthing. What do I do?
Asked On : Mon, 8 Apr 2013
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

It is unfortunate to note that you are in severe pain due to a compressed lumbar nerve in the lower back.

It is possible that you may require surgery. This would be decided once your neurosurgeon has seen you and the MRI reports.

As of now, you should be on bed rest. For relief of pain, you can take pregabalin capsules.

I hope it helps.

Please get back if you require any additional information.

Best wishes,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology)

Senior Consultant Neurologist

Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad,

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