My pain started 4/22, just walking away from talking to someone and got a huge pain. As the day progressed I could barely move. I walked down to the car to go to the hospital bent over with my my elbows on my knees, slowly moving one foot in front of the other. They gave me some meds and I could at least hobble out. Two days later I was at an Orthopedic doctor who prescribed me a medrol dosepak (take 6 the 1st day, 5 the 2nd day, etc) It helped, I felt pretty good.. unless I did anything for too long I was okay. I finished the first pack and then had a day off of them, the day after was my follow up appt. to my MRI. I was already starting to really hurt.
I went to the doc, found out what was wrong:
L5-S1 disk herniation and disc disease with mild lateral recess enchroachment
L4-5 disc herniation and protrusion with mild central encroachment
L3-4 disc herniation and annular tear with mild acquired stenosis
Bilateral facet arthropathy at the L3-4 through the L5-S1 levels
He gave me another Medrol dosepak but informed me to not take anymore because of the side effects (weight gain, ugh, rather be in pain). Today was my last day on the 2nd dosepak and I already have more pain than I have had since my first Dr. appt. I am scared that I will go back to not being able to move/excrushiating pain. Has anyone had any experience with the oral steriods? Is it like as soon as im off them, here comes the pain?!?! I HATE taking painkillers, they make me feel drunk. I am off work until the 20th and just started PT today. I am also thinking of asking for another 2-4 weeks off of work because I have no accomodations at work and feel I could make my injury worse. Any advise on the Medrol and taking more time off and PT?? Thanks so much!