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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi, I am 23 yrs old married with one 6 month old baby girl.

I have been suffering since roughly october 2007. My pain started with sever calf cramping. I would wake up in the middle of the night with excruciating pain in my right calf. This would last 5-10 minutes then I would go back to sleep. The next morning I would wake up and have very limited mobility in the leg which eventually progressed to not being able to walk the next day.

Later the sciatica started. I thought this was an unrelated problem and saw a chriopractor who used active reflex therapy to treat the problem. A few monts later and the problem was resolved.

That year I went to the emergency room after a severe leg pain. I could not get the pain to stop and my husband had to carry me to the car and into the hospital. I was admitted and had a million blood test's taken. They looked for blood clots as well. My blood results revealed that some of my level's were alarmingly high and I was referred to a specialist.

She then sent me for a emg, ultrasound and more blood work. I had a ct scan of my leg as well. We also did a muscle biopsy. The emg showed some negative results as did the biospy.

I was then referred to a neurologist who requested a brain scan. I never heard anything about this so I am assuming this is fine.

Then I was referred to a neuro muscular specialist. I saw her in January 2009. She requested an mri that I will get on August 14 2009 (6 months later!!!!!!) She suspects I have S1 radiculopathy and that I may need surgery for microdiscetomy. She spoke to a surgeon at the hospital who agreed but they want to see the mri first.

Three weeks ago I woke up and my back was not longer straight. My left hip stsicks out extremely farther than the other side. The sciatica is extreme and constant and I have trouble taking care of my daughter and myself. I cannot walk up and down stairs. I spend most of my day lying on the floor dying. We went to the er as noone would see me and saw a doctor who prescribed tylenol 3 and toradol. Neither did a thing for my pain. We then went to Toronoto, and the pain go worse so I saw a doctor there. He prescribed me Lyrica and Trimacet. I have minimal relief from the Lyrica in the morning and I am now able to sleep at night but other than that I just want to die!

I can not do this anymore. I need a resolution soon as I do not think I can go much longer like this.

Any advice or insight


  • You are only 3 days out from your MRI (which should have been done sooner, I agree) and then your doctor will have good information to decide what to do next. In the meantime hang in there, and if you are in such pain that you can't stand it, call your doctor and ask for something stronger to get you through this period until you have a diagnosis and some treatment options. If your doctor isn't aware of these newest symptoms, you should probably call him anyway as he may want to do something for you sooner.

    Good luck to you! :)

    2009 Foraminotomy C6-72010 PLIF L4-S1Multi RFA's, cervical inj, lumbar injLaminectomy L3-4 and fusion w/internal fixation T10-L4 July 17Fusion C2-C5 yet to be scheduled
  • OK, the MRI is a good start.
    Find out if they will do two of them at the same appointment.
    One will be with contrast, and the other without. The contrast will be administered via I.V. in an arm vein.
    The contrast helps the imaging of the discs.

    Find out how soon they can give you the films (or cd disc) to you directly in your hands.

    Do you have appointments set up with spinal surgeons after the MRI? Schedule those soon after the MRI so you can get profesional opinions on the diagnosis and possible solutions right away.

    Don't give up! You are almost there. Just a few more days. Stay here on the board and talk with us. It helps to talk about these things with people who are dealing with the same things.
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
  • I've always been able to call the x-ray department and get a copy of the tech's reading within about 24 hours post MRI. That should get you started -

    If you are in massive pain still, AND you have your MRI results I would be heading for the ER again (results in hand). My husband had an emergency miscrodiscectomy surgery after finally going to the ER for his pain.

    Let us know how it goes - best of luck~

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