Hey there folks,
I am a thirty year-old female, I have been dealing with lower back pain for a while now. I would like to hear of other's experiences with problems post discectomy. My discectomy was done at the S-1 L-5 levels. The pain has become chronic in the last 6 months or so. My symptoms are at rest-nagging headache feel in butt. Sitting-pain from lower back to upper back thigh. Walking-pain sometimes feels better but quickly my back fatigues after about 15-20 minutes of walking. I can adjust my back sometimes to hear a "click" or popping sound that sometimes makes me feel tremendously better or sometimes screaming in pain from the electric shock that shoots down my leg. I have a difficult time sleeoing more than 5-6 hours at a time. My Physical therapist mentioned instability. I had been doing extension exercises and I feel I made my condition worse as I could hear and feel bone on bone when I did this. My sciatica became really bad when I was doing aqautic therapy and they had me do hamstring stretches. Now I can hardly brush my teeth or cough without being in pain. Sorry so long-winded...Three days ago I did have an X-ray in supine position as well as two laying on left side (Sciatic and pain is on right side) I also had an MRI with and without contrast immediately afterwards. Hoping and praying that they figure out what has happened to my back. Anyone who has had similar symptoms? If you want maybe you can give me a few hints or advice on what you did in your particular situation!! Take care!!!