Five months post nerve-block injection, pain started to radiate down my left leg. It was all too familiar, the same suffering I dealt with after the big blow-out during Christmas.
The dreaded disc at the L-5/S-1 was rearing its ugly head once again.
I immediately started the progression of doctor's appointments that are necessary to appease my insurance carrier; 1) first to the sports med doctor on campus, for a referral from her to the back surgeon, who in turn 2) will authorize an appointment with the radiologist for 3) another nerve block.
All in all, about $1600 and maybe a month's waiting time.
But this time, I am better prepared with the knowledge to fight back. I am doing core strength exercises, and creating a better posture for the disc to slip back into place. The mornings are dreadful, when I have to straighten my hunched over back, which sends shock waves of pain into my leg. But once I'm standing tall, the pain subsides, and I have been getting in comfortable six to ten mile runs each morning.
It's a long and sometimes rocky journey, but I want to try and "self-heal" if at all possible.
I have been planning an exciting fall riding and running season...let's hope I can once again dodge a bullet, and move forward pain free.