:H Hi Everyone, my name is Nikki and I'm new to Spine-Health. It is finally nice to have a place where I'm not alone anymore. I had my first back surgery when I was 16. I had a lumbar discectomy at L4-L5 and was doing well until a car accident in 1998. Then I found out that I had reherniated L4-L5 and L5-S1. I went through tons of PT and got back on track. Then suddenly, about a month ago I started having sever back pain with the leg and foot numbness. Everyday it gets a little worse. :''( I had an MRI this past wednesday and it showed that the central disc protrusion at L3-L4 is worse and is causing moderate central canal stenosis and has compressed and flattened the thecal sac. Also, it showed the L4-L5 broad based disc bulge and L5-S1 central disc protrusion with mild hypertrophy of the facet joints. Now get this, since Wednesday, I have fallen, my left leg is now going numb along with my left toes and leg and I have pain with (sorry to be gross but) my bowel movements. I can't stand it anymore. I'm at my wits ends. ~X( I walk and stand all day at work. Go figure that I work at a doctors office. I can't wait to see what my doc says on Wednesday when I go see her. So...just wanted to share my story and see if anyone else has gone through the same thing and what their outcome was. I've had tons of PT that I don't even want to go that route anymore.
Thanks for everyones support.