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Help!!!!! Newbie

HeidiLynnMHHeidiLynnM Posts: 445
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:23 AM in New Member Introductions
~X( Hello, I am wondering if any of you out there could help me out. I got hurt at work in 2006, work injury. I have had all different types of treatment.
I have had chiropractic care(still trying), injections, physical therapy and also IDET(non invase surgery).
I am told that I have a disk herniation at l5 s1, and it is pressing down on my nerves. I am at my last rope here. I have newer problems everyday. I have severe weakness in my legs, pain like cramping, back pain.
I sometimes fear that I will wake up and not be able to walk because of my legs. I have this problem in both of my legs, front and back.
I am also starting to have weakness in my arms, not sure if this goes along with this. I have not seen a neuroseurgon yet due to a big issue with comp.
I am at the point that the insurance company wants to settle, big MESS.
I am wondering if all of these symptoms could be part of my disk herniation?! Sorry that I can't go into complete details on the comp thing, but if anyone wants to private message me with questions about that, it would be great.
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  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. perhaps with the onset of these symptoms you need to see a orthopedic or neurosurgeon. we have an "Insurance" section you can look into as well. having weakness with your limbs can be serious and the time is now to see a doctor. good luck and keep us informed. Jenny :)
  • I totally agree with Jenny in that you need to see a specialist about this asap or you could be risking permanent damage. Good luck and please keep us posted.
  • w/the insurance yet if you are still being diagnosed.

    Get this leg weakness checked out asap. Also your arm weakness. Have you had your neck checked as well as the lower back?
    Teri
  • HI,

    I'm new here too :)))

    I second eveyone else's opinions here, you need to see an ortho or a neuro surgeon. The leg pain is totally a symptom of disc herniation, and from personal experience, it doesn't get better after surgery.

    I didn't have insurance with my first surgery, so the doc couldn't do a diagnosis, nor a MRI. I ended up having an emergency laminectomy, after untolerable back pain in the middle of the night.

    You don't have to settle with the insurance company until you see a ortho or neuro doc.
    I hope you find one quickly, I know it's no fun being in that much pain.
    I wish you luck! Take care,
    Samantha
  • I know many people including myself that have no leg pain after surgery. I had severe leg pain and had surgery in 2005 and had two years pain free until I reherniated the disc. I am now suffering the leg pain again and did three epidural shots and pt this year. Only helped for awhile and got a fourth shot which did nothing so now I am on lyrics which is working great but I am going to get a procedure to make my brittle discs harder so I can stop reherniating. I may also need to get a endo microdisectomy if the other procedure doesn't get rid of my pain. I recommend finding a conservative nonsurgical back specialist and get some advice.
  • I went to the pain management doctor today and told him about my legs, and the weakness. I don't know if this is just all from a disk herniation. I explained that I am getting weakness and pain in the front and back of both of my legs. I am only herniated at l5 s1. I guess that I need to get this really checked out! I got hurt 2 years ago next month. I am being referred to a neurologist(sp).

    I guess I should have started there in the beginning! I have been getting nonsurgical things done on my back, plenty of them :) From what it seems, surgery doesnt work, or it does work and then it gets worse again?! My husband had ddd and he had a spinal fusion almost a year ago, failed back syndrome. I am just wondering if I can just get by this without surgery, could it just get severely worse?

    Heidi
  • It probably depends on what nerves are involved and if you might be risking permanent nerve damage. Your surgeon would be the best one to talk to about it. If you can get by with just conservative measures, I am sure that you already know from your husbands experience, it is always the best way to go. Good luck and please keep us posted on your progress.
  • Weakness in your arms is generally caused from a cervical problem. You should have your neck MRI'd to make sure theres nothing wrong there.


    Best Wishes,
    Christina :)
  • :H Did you know that you are entitled to see three docs of your choosing? It doesn't count if W/C makes you go see a doc, you still get to pick any 3 on your own. Surgeons fit into this category... Keep us posted because we care!!!
    -Lisa
  • Hi Heidi, I had the weakness in my legs and one arm also. Be sure to check it out with your Doctor though of course.
    The weakness in my arm disappeared and the weakness in my legs left after awhile. But not so with everyone. See you around and keep us posted. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Hi Heidi,
    You are asking great questions. I would encourage you to go to a spine specialist to get a diagnosis for the leg and arm weakness symptoms - these can be serious.
    The arm symptoms are not caused by a lower back problem, so you may have separate issues going on.
    There are thousands of articles on Spine-health to help you understand your symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options. Here are some that might help you get started:
    http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/leg-pain/leg-pain-and-numbness-what-might-these-symptoms-mean

    http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/back-pain/getting-accurate-back-pain-diagnosis

    I hope these help -
    Best wishes
    Stephanie
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