Hi I'm brand new here! I am a 26yr old Female from NY who has a Herniated L5 disc w sciatica and leg weakness. This has been going on since Jan. I went to montauk on a Seal trail hike for my b-day and it was beautiful. it may have been 2-3 miles in all if that. The next day I started feeling sore. At this time I was going to the gym 3-4 times a week and knew I didn't do enough walking to have this soreness.
So time goes on it gets worse first my lower back began to ache with stabbing pains. I had trouble walking. finally went to the Dr in Feb and had my first nerve conduction test. (it was horribly painful and caused muscle spams) was told about the herniation. I was put on 20 mg pain killers, 3 muscle relaxers a day and Lidocaine patches. out of work for 2 weeks.
then i went to physical therapy. Saw 2 neurologists,had 1 MRI, 1 Pelvis CT scan, the pain meds stopped working. I saw a chiropractor for a few months which did help...so much so I felt fine by May no meds, no appointments. I Moved and went on vacation!!
Now it is back after about 6 weeks. So i went back on the meds and saw my primary Dr who did another Nerve conduction test... ( NEVER AGAIN!) and told me he is at the end of his rope...all he can do for me is give me meds. Even asked me how many pain killers do i need! He said surgery is a 50/50 chance so he is not very enthusiastic about it but i should go back to the neurologist he sent me to to see if I need surgery...if so he can recommend a good surgeon .
I promised my family I would get a second opinion so i went back to see a different neurologist first for his opinion then i am going to compare his to the neurologist my Dr recommended. So this Dr ordered another MRI he wants to start fresh. I am also getting a EMG test...and honestly i don't know which is worse that or the conduction test. it doesn't look fun from what Ive read online so far.
I'm just really getting fed up with all these tests and appointments. I even went to the emergency room before all this and they said to see my doctor that sent me all over for 6 months so i can end up back at that hospital 6 months later. i don't really like the neurologist my Dr recommended. all he said was oh "I don't Know" it had me thinking *hit i should be come a dr and make a ton of money saying I dont know to people all day!
I think that I'm getting the run around because I'm 26. I was working 2 jobs and going to the gym a yr ago. I was 30 pounds lighter. Now i couldn't make it to work today because of the pain. I secured my position as best I could with a formal Dr letter ect. Now i am able to take a day off with no pay because I'm out of sick time since Feb. My insurance covers 80 percent. I have medical bills everywhere. collection calls. my credit score went down. Just so many issues since this happened.
I'm worried about the surgery,about having children,about my debt.
its just a real nightmare. People i know are supportive
( mostly!) but they don't understand. I'm really looking for advice from people who understand the impact on life,pain,treatment,surgeries, and the meds.
well that's pretty much the whole story!
Its time to get up my a** is actually completely numb!!
any feedback would be appreciated.