For years I have suffered with back pain (varying degrees) and around 3-4 times a year, I become unable to walk (usually lasts 6-10 days) and I end up (when I am upright) pushing the back of a chair across the floor to get from one side of a room to the other.
In 2000 I went for chiropractic care for a (he diagnosed) slipped disc, and I was under his care for about 3 months, 3-5 times a week. In 2001, I went to my family doctor and he diagnosed me with muscle spasms, gave me pain meds and a muscle relaxer, sent me home. Frustrated, I stopped going to the dr. I pretty much got used to the pain, with constant burning and crushing in my lower back and down my left leg, with pain in both hips. In 2005, I was once again forced to go back to my family physician, he took x-rays and said good news, I don't see anything really negative, I believe you to have a bulging disc, here's a script for physical therapy, pain meds and muscle relaxers.
I had no health insurance and the most any dr would do would be prescribe medicine, and not expensive tests. Well, I started noticing about 8-9 months ago, my inability to walk standing straight up, in the grocery store, wal-mart, etc... Matter of fact, if I couldn't prop on a buggy to shop, I didn't go. I hated the thought of using a motorized cart and hurt too badly to stand straight. About this time, I also (I didn't notice this) started holding on to railings and taking one step at a time, and stumbling on my left foot, more frequently.
With a new promotion at work, I was able to get health insurance, and went to a different dr. in my old family clinic. the first thing he did, was a physical exam, within 10 minutes, was saying that I needed an MRI. Two days later, I had my first MRI. This was the last week of March.(this year)
The radiology group said nothing that made sense to me as to why I have hurt for so long. they used a lot of words like,mild scoliotic curvature, L4/L5- mild bilateral bulge with no foraminal stenosis
L5/S1- mild central disc protrusion slightly touching nerve root at S1 and mild foraminal (narrowing? can't remember exact words here) My new dr said I was being referred to a pain management dr.
I had my first appointment with Dr Stone, on March 22nd 2009. after a lengthy and very painful exam, he said that he was concerned that I had little muscle strength in my left leg and my reflexes were off in that foot, classic signs of a severely pinched nerve. He also explained that I had diagnosis (by him) of ruptured disc with radiculopathy and he said that if I were not overweight, he would recomment me for rapid surgery, no waiting. But, he needed to try LESI's to try non surgical options, first(since I am obese) to give me time to try and lose some weight. I had my LESI (first) on the 30th of MArch, 8 days after my first aappt. During the procedure, I heard him make several comments like "MRI didn't show this" and within minutes of starting, he called to the nurse, and said She needs another LESI schedule no later than 3 weeks. after a lot of x-rays and after the multiple taps to this nerve that I finally felt (like hot branding searing through my body) he was through and showed me some pictures that said something relating to "this is called anterior" something that means this has slipped forward (I think spondylolisthesis, unsure) now of course, I can't think of anything he said and his office is closed until Tuesday, (vercet and I don't agree on memory about that time)
Since my procedure, I have had horrible spasms in my left side up to my shoulder blade, mid and lower back pain, pain from my foot all the way up to my left buttock (I know, very colorful, huh?)
Am I going crazy and really not hurting, or does anyone understand anything I have said?