I've been lurking here for many months, and just finally got the courage to register! I am a 35 year old mom of three. I have had a history of back problems/pain since high school. In 2001, I had a discectomy to repair a bulging L4/L5 that was causing sciatic pain and neurological damage (flopping foot). While the surgery was a success in terms of limiting the neurological damage, I was in excruciating pain as a result. The ortho who did that procedure was "old school"--didn't want to give me anything stronger than Tylenol, tough love, all that crap . Because of the intense pain of recovery and physical therapy, I ended up in a deep depression that took me two years to recover from. Needless to say, I no longer see that doctor. My back pain flared occasionally in the years since, and I had an MRI in May 2007 with a different doctor (spine surgeon) which revealed that I had some minor bulging discs, DDD, but since there was no stenosis I was not a candidate for surgery.
Fast-forward to now. I delivered my third child in June 2008. While my back felt great during pregnancy (thanks to all those hormones, I am sure!), shortly after my c-section delivery, I began experiencing severe muscle spasms and sciatica. In January, I saw the spine surgeon again. He didn't so much as examine me--sat me in a chair and told me that my back hurt b/c of all the lifting I was doing (infant seat, groceries, diaper bag, etc), and that I would always have back pain and sciatica, and there was nothing else he could do for me since I was not a surgical case.
In June, I couldn't take any more pain. I'd been taking iburofen four or five times a day and not getting any relief, so I went to the family doc here in town. They recommended physical therapy, which has helped considerably, but I am still dealing with moderate to severe pain and limited movement. I also began seeing a chiropractor again, and his x-rays didn't show spondo, which the PT feared due to the clicking in my spine when I lay down. I called my doc yesterday to request another MRI, and I was told today that they wouldn't send me for one b/c of the report I got back from the spine doctor in January. I was so angry I hung up on them.
I am so glad there is a place like this, b/c at this point, I am in so much pain and am so bewildered about what to do next that I don't know what to do next. LOL
Sorry this was a book...I'm not normally such a whiner, but at the same time, I am at my wits' end...
Looking forward to getting to know people here!