Hey there everyone.
My name's Kasey. I have found information from this site to be quite useful, so I figured I would finally jump in and sign up.
I have 2 torn discs (L5-S1 and the L4-L5) as a result of bartending (lifting beer kegs that weigh about 170lbs).
I'm a 27 year old female.
Injury occurred October of 2005.
I have had the following tests/procedures so far:
2 Nerve Studies
Discogram with CT Scan
Myelogram with CT Scan
2 Facet Blocks
As of right now I am at a stand still as what to do. All the doctors I have seen do not want me to undergo any major surgery like fusions or replacements. I saw one doctor who has done a thing called "torsion rods," and am debating about going that route.
My work comp doctor basically just wants to medicate me (gives me vicodin, soma, etc every time I see him and argues with me when I want to take any action). Needless to say, this is getting really old, really fast.
My pain influences my everyday life. I have a burning, throbbing, shooting pain that radiates across my lower back and continues down both legs. At first it was more my right, but as of the past year, it's gotten worse down my left leg.
I just had a myelogram on Monday, which was THE worst experience/pain I have experienced so far. I started getting spinal headaches today (technically Thursday) and still have increased pain from the puncture site.
Umm.. without writing a novel, I think that's it in a nutshell! I look forward to hopefully finding answers on this forum!