I've been lurking here for the past three weeks, ever since I started having left leg radiculopathy in my thigh. On March 16, I went to see a NP since my regular doctor was on maternity leave. At that time, I could bend over and reach the floor with some pain but also by manipulating my left leg behind me as a ballast. He also referred me to a PT that Thursday, sending me home with vicodin and flexeril. By Thursday, I was so painful I could only walk by holding onto my husband and was crying from the pain when I went into certain positions. She told me that we could not proceed further until the pain was managed and then called my NP, who also prescribed a shot of toradol. She got me a cane and showed me how to use it, as well. The toradol did NOTHING for me, and by Monday I was now in severe pain, so I saw a medical doctor, who, although I asked for an MRI, said they were too expensive and ordered a CAT scan instead. Two days later I was again crying with pain, called my doctor's office and insisted I wanted to see a specialist. On March 26, I saw a physiatrist who diagnosed me with a L5-S1 herniation, cancelled the CT scan and ordered an MRI, which showed a massive herniation at L5-S1 with the herniation impinging on 60% of my nerve. He gave me 5 days worth of prednisone and since then, the pain has gotten worse and worse, to the point this last night where I can't get into any position of comfort, and had to have my husband pick up a female urination device because it's too painful to get out of bed. I am scheduled for an ESI this Friday and after talking to my physiatrist this morning, he is also putting in a referral to surgery.
Now, here is the really really weird thing. I have been in utmost pain with the pain starting in my left buttock, radiating down my back thigh, and into my calf. Getting up is hell, with sharp fiery pain and even after I get into a standing position, there is still immense pain. I maneuvared myself into a standing position with my cane about an hour and a half ago, went into the bathroom and after trying to stand back up, a huge bolt of pain hit my lower back, to the point where I almost blacked out. I made it back to the bed and cried and cried, and then took another vicodin. I calmed down a little, and then realized that part of the really really sharp pain in my leg had gone down. I now feel pain in my lower back, more than I do with my left leg. It almost feels like that sharp pain cut something or made my pain move into a different spot. Has that happened to any of you? I even tried getting up and it seems that the pain has been reduced significantly out of my leg, but I still feel it in my lower back. In my leg too, but not as severe.