:H My name's Erin & like you, my back is killing me. I'm super thankful for finding this site!!!
Here's a bit about me. I'm 33yrs old and up until recently have been very physically active. I was strength training 2-3 x's a week and this past October I had started training to run longer distances ...and that's where I went from minor "boy my back is bugg'n me & the chiro isn't help'n it" to "holy cow, what the heck did I do."
I tried all the typical things...advil...heat...chiro....stretching....etc & unlike all the past times my back has bothered me, nothing seemed to help. By Christmas I knew something was REALLY wrong (and of course with the holidays I couldn't get in anywhere for help). I was having sever pain in my lower back & down my right leg all the way down to my foot. It felt like I broke my ankle & I couldn't walk on it w/o excruciating pain. I also started having weakness in that foot/leg. After the holidays I had an apt with my primary Dr & she pretty much just dismissed me...told me to keep doing what I was doing & gave me a PT referral since I probably did something to a disk. So I called PT...they couldn't get me in for over a week. -Each day it got worse & worse & I was really starting to freak out. My DH & decided to get a 2nd opinion & paid out-of-pocket for it...got an x-ray (was negative), got some Vicodin, and was told I needed an MRI pronto since I had foot-drop & nerve damage and that this was pretty serious and that PT wouldn't be a good idea, but that I might need surgery depending on what the MRI came back with. Fought with my insurance co & with my primary....paid out-of-pocket for MRI....fought some more with them.
MRI results came back: L3-L4 central disc protrusion 3mm with bilateral facet and ligamentum flavum hypertophy and mild-moderate spinal canal narrowing centrally.
L4-L5 large right paramedian disc extrusion 10mm with bilateral facet hypertophy and several bilateral subarticular recesses stenosis with impingement of both descending L5 roots especially on the right. There is severe spinal canal stenosis centrally with impingement of the thecal sac & crowding of the nerve roots within. There is also moderate right & mild left neural foraminal stenosis.
L5-S1 left disc protrusion 5mm with impingement of the S1 root. There is moderate spinal canal stenosis centrally. There is severe left & moderate right neural foraminal stenosis.
Boy, once we got those results everyone that was fighting us began to sing a different song! Got right into an appt with a surgeon...he recommends that I have surgery, but was willing to try a series of 3 cortisone epidurals (1 each week) which I just finished this week. He also bumped me up to Vicodin ES. So far the epidurals have helped a bit. I have less pain in my foot/ankle & less tingling in my toes...it's instead moved up into my shin/side of my leg. So now I'm contemplating what to do (surgery...yes or no?) & very happy to have found all of you!