I've never posted anything online before, but I have read a lot of message boards concerning my problem.I am in my mid- forties and started experiencing hip pain during the summer of 2006. I just assumed that I had pulled something while playing tennis, working in the yard, etc. The pain increased and I visited my dr. He checked me out and felt I had bursitis in my hip. He prescribed motrin and I had an xray taken of my hip and low back. I had a follow up appointment in 6 weeks. Well, during the six weeks I started having trouble walking and the pain was becoming worse. I visited a friend that is a chiropractor and he helped relieve some of the pain, but not all. He advised me to get an MRI because felt I might have some disk issues. My Dr. agreed and so I had one done. They immediately called with results. I had spondilolythesis,bulging discs, and impinged nerves in the areas of L4, L5, SI. I was immediately referred to a neurosurgeon. We started with epidural injections. The first one helped for about 2 weeks. The second one did nothing. Then I had physical therapy for 6 weeks. That only made things worse. I had an AXIL lift and fusion, April 2007.
Long recovery!I went back to work in August. I teach school. Thought going back to work would make me feel better. Boy, was I wrong. I went from bad to worse. The pain was severe and I was on meds. But you can't teach school on pain killers, and besides they never really killed the pain.I had pain in both hips, buttocks, and it ran down to my toes. I went through another round of physical therapy. Still no improvement. My family doctor recommeneded I see the neuro again. But he said be prepared, he will probably tell you nothings wrong. So I had another MRI on Feb. 13, 2008, saw the neuro on Valentines day. Thank goodness something showed up on the MRI. L4 did not fuse, so this wasn't all in my head. (Yes, they said I was deperessed and not dealing with the pain, allowing myself time to recover etc.) I went back in for surgery again in April of 2008. I teach school and I went to school everyday in pain, but I had to do something. Testing week usually the middle of April so I tried to get through that so my students will do well. I am improved from the surgery, but I am still in pain. I am constantly exhausted. I have been in physical therapy again for about 8 weeks now. I did go back to work in August. I moved to middle school because of my physical limitations. I can't bend, lift,push, or pull. I have trouble walking long distances, getting in and out of the car, I can't sit or stand for long periods, you get the idea. Yes, I'm taking some pain meds, but they really don't work. I'm really not sure what to do anymore.I go to work everyday but I'm exhausted. I can't even go grocery shopping by myself. I'm trying to decide if its physical or mental exhaustion I'm feeling. By the way I have 2 young kids and a husband. They are helpful, but I think they are tired of dealing with me. The doctors and therapist keep telling me to give it more time to heal. Well, what am I supposed to do in the meantime? Of course I haven't given you every detail about my situation, but if you are going through this you probably understand. Thanks for listening. Any advice?