Hello everybody my name is Justin and I wanted introduce myself and my less than optimal back. I am hot rodder and motorcyle enthusiast, I also have played guitar for around 19 years. Being in the garage building and welding is my life.
I stumbled onto this forum by accident and its nice to actually talk and read about people that are haveing or have had the same issues as me. Its really unfortunate I use the word nice because back pain is far from nice.
I guess I could give you a little of my history. I had never had any back problems whatsoever untill a few months ago which after several Dr. visits and an MRI resulted in showing my L4-L5 disk being blowed out on the left side.
My disk problem occured as I was picking up something heavy and twisting while I was lifting and wham it was like someone shoved a knife into my lower back. Within a week the pain had reduced but not went away. I was able to walk fine with no sciatica problems untill later on which eventually got worse and worse causing tingling, weakness, spasms in mostly the left leg but at the end the right also. Sometimes the pain would switch from the left side to the right in my lower back and when it did the sciatica problems I had in my left leg would just dissapear.
Fast forward to the 18th of this month I went in for surgery and had the blowed out portion of the disc removed. The first few days were a little hard to get up and down but I could walk pretty good. The weird thing was or is the pain I had going into surgery is different than what I have now. The only pain I have in my back is from where the incision was made. My left leg has pulled feeling that goes from my butt to my calf but it seems like that it has gotten better in this leg and mostly feels like the pain is going from the back of my leg to my knee. My right leg is good all but around my ankle and calf feels a little weak.
I should say that I have almost no tingling at all going on now which right after surgery I did.
As of right now im 10 days after surgery. I sometimes get depressed that I could experience this pain the rest of my life but im trying to stay positive. I know I shouldn't expect much 10 days out.
I had an inguinal (i think thats how you spell it) hernia surgery three years ago and didn't feel totally normal up untill a year after the surgery and that didn't really involve any nerves.
Right now all im supposed to do is walk for exercise three times a day and hope for the best. This has been the most depressing time of my life but like I said I try to stay positive and hopefully will meet some good friends here.