Hi, I'm SO glad I found this website!
This is lengthy but it's my story:
My name is Marcie (duh 8} ) I'm a 29yr old wife & mommy.
I'm a pediatric nurse and EMT, but unable to work at all due to this back issue.
I dont have any real idea of what caused my injury. But somewhere along the line I herniated L4-5. I recently seen my MRI and that puppy was HUGE.
I noticed my pain in May, nothing big at the time, thought I pulled a hamstring. The pain began to get worse down my Left leg, it was siatica, I thought it was just due to pulling a hamstring, the inflammation was just pressing on a nerve...I was wrong.
I went to my doc July 2, he tested some reflexes & I showed some deficits on my left side. So I had an MRI done July 7th. MRI shows 'extremely large disc herniation at L4-5' I tried some physical therapy, by July 13th, I was bedridden with excruciating pain! I had 2 trips to the ER, in which they done nothing for me. I finally got to see a neurologist, he gave me some meds, which took a while to become effective, but after almost 5wks bedridden it was welcomed relief. To shorten the story, neuro#1 who started my treatment moved, left me to one of the others in his practice, in which that one told me I was fine since I could walk, and that I would be fine for an upcoming trip to Disney, he actually told me I was ok to ride rides etc. Common sense told me I couldnt. And I actually ended up with a scooter at Disney due to not being able to walk all that much. Back to my primary doc, he was very unhappy about the 'release' I had, and had me seek a 3rd opinion.
This one was just this past monday. She spoke to me and my husband, we viewed the MRI showing us the herniation. She said she believes I still need to have surgery to get this thing under control. Side background, I am a biggirl, but a week ago had a lapband surgery to help me with weight loss. Im down 25lbs in 3wks, so that's helping, new neuro said since I've just got my band in, and loosing weight, she'd like me to get down 30-50more lbs to do surgery, that way it would be easier for her to operate and recovery better for me. I'm currently 301#, I'm 5'9.
I'm not going to lie, I'm scared about the idea of the surgery on my back. I've got an amazing husband and a wonderful 2yr old little girl, and I'm not sure if I'm scared of the recovery being tough, with more pain or not working, or my daughter seeing me like this, or if it's the thought of possible paralyasis that is very rare, that scares me. So I'm trying to get all the info I can on the discectomy/microdiscectomy procedures. I'm looking for some support & info. Sorry I babbled on.
This is me, thanks for listening/reading.