Let me tell you the story which seems like I have been telling now about 100 times.
I was a very active guy. I raced bikes and lifted weights. Would log over 100 miles per week and could bench close to 300 lbs. Well anyway in Feb I slipped getting into a van. Before I could fall someone caught me. So all my weight landed on my right leg. I felt this pain sensation go through my right leg from toe up to hip that was real bad. I thought I broke something or pulled a muscle. The person who caught me immediately put me back in the van in almost one motion. When we got to the warehouse I was able to get out of the van on my own strength and just felt slight discomfort. Thought I take it easy and do lighter workouts. My upper body felt great just my lower body was weak.
After 1 mos and half I noticed that I had lost half my power in my legs. I went to the doctor as at this time I really had no pain. She told me to go to an orthopedic doctor. I went they said that you are strong as heck and lets do an emg test on you just to make sure but you probably have pirformis syndrome. The emg found nothing wrong and no real pain. The doctor said just do PT. I went to PT for over 20 sessions and my PT person said you do not have pirformis syndrome but I think something on lower lumbar. I went back to doctor and she took xrays and said nothing wrong...more PT. My PT person said try this doctor instead in the same practice.
He went and gave me two steroid/cortizone injections in both pirformis muscles. He than said exercise and see how you feel. They last two weeks and back to the same. Also I explained that the pain and weakness are getting worse. He than says ok lets go for an MRI. I do the MRI and they find a very mild herniation in my L4-L5. And slight degeneration in my s1-s2. He than says ok...all you PT was wrong and all the stretching and stuff was kind of useless. You need now PT for this problem. At this point my insurance says no. He than says lets take an emg test. He takes the test and says now you have mild pain on your right side and your left side has gone into moderate pain.
I am at a point now that I can walk but I will occasionally get these big spasms in my left side and my start of day is usually fine but by end of day I may need a cane to get home especially if a spasm kicks in. Also any pressure on hips or thighs for two long will cause pain. The only thing that gives some comfort is soma. Also I have seen a chiropractor for 4 weeks now and he also has seem to made me worse.
My family freaks and my Dad sets me up with my cousin who is a surgeon in PA and he sets me up with appointments for a neurosurgeon and neurologist. The neurosurgeon takes a look at the MRI and he says this is nothing. Any man in his 40's would have this very slight bulge in the l4-l5 and your s1-s2 is perfect. He also showed me through a side view and says there is plenty of room for your nerve. Also with all the simple tests he said some inconsistencies but you seem plenty strong enough. I do not think a surgery here would be warranted but your symptoms do not match this issue. It may be something else causing it so I would like you to do a full MRI of the rest of your spine to rule out tethered spine or build up of fluid in spine and if all those are ruled out we can quickly remove the small bulge.
Since you came all the way to PA I would like you to see the neurologist. He than gives me the same thing that this is nothing on your MRI and I explain my story. He says there is nothing wrong with your nervous system and the rest of the MRI is not needed. What happen to you is that with the fall and the catching you gave your legs a huge trauma and all the PT, gym, chiropractor in this type of scenario has just made things much worse. He said you have had almost like a whiplash in your legs and you need to do nothing for 2-3 months. Just heat and very little walking of no more than 10-15 minutes. He asked me of do you feel better when you wake up and that is true and the meds seem to equal up as soma is a muscle relaxant.
Monday I am going to get an epidural as I need some relief as every step is a minefield for me. It seems a sudden wrong move in my hips or too much walking can cause sudden extreme pain. Lifting is also nothing now. I really do not have bad back pain but occasional pains in mid back. I am totally lost at this point and on the 31st I see a local spinal orthopedist...
Does anyone have any ideas or been through the same thing...I feel in the next few weeks I may end up in a wheel chair. It is such a mental strain as your mind all day and all night is just thinking about the pain and problem.