Hi fellow pain sufferers! I won't lie, I'm not happy to be here, but I'm glad I found a forum that deals with other pain aspects than those caused by my autoimmune arthritis disease. My other board I frequent is good for those issues though, so I won't get into that here, other than to say I have Ankylosing Sponsylitis which affects my back, knees, ankles, hands, wrists, and shoulders mostly. I'm on Humira which really is helping.
I'm 32 years old and have been a SAHM for 12 years now. My kids are all special needs, having been adopted through CA foster care as infants except my oldest. They were prenatally exposed to drugs and alcohol. My 11 year old daughter has high functioning autism, my 7 year old son is mildly retarded, my 6 year old daughter has severe ADHD and oppositional defiant disorder plus a sociopathic personality, and my almost 2 year old son(and all the others) has a sensory processing disorder, but is fine developmentally and intellectually, speaking full 5-6 word phrases and sentences already. He's a smart cookie and the light of our lives. It's not easy raising such wonderful and special kids, but the rewards are so worth it! My problems did not really begin until AFTER placement of the baby.
In April of 2008, I started having pretty bad sciatic pain, cramping in my calf, lower back pain, and edema in my legs and feet. I went to the ER fearing I had a blood clot due to the calf pain and my high risk, having an autoimmune disease(at that point, I was just beginning diagnostics and they thought it may be Lupus. My doctor blamed my symptoms on the autoimmune disease, never investigating further. In August, I bent wrong or something and one morning I woke up, barely able to stand, walk, etc. 3 weeks of sheer Hell ensued until I had surgery to remove the bone fragments and protruding disc material. My results are covered in my sig line.
About 7 weeks ago I simply bent over to pick up a toy off the floor and I felt an extreme sharp pain in my mid-back. I felt semething slip to the left as well. I immediately went to bed and iced it off and on for the rest of the day. The following morning I was locked in complete spasm from chest to thighs. I saw my dr. a few days later and she ordered an MRI. Had that a few days later that revealed a new T12-L1 herniation, and T10-11 and L1-2 bulges. She referred me to the neurosurgeon I'd seen last year, who passed on seeing me and told her to send me to pain mgmt for ESI series. My idiot dr. staff did not include my MRI with that referral, so my neuro assumed it was due to lumbar bulges that had shown in prior MRI that were causing my problems. Pain mgmt got me in quick and I had an ESI at L4-5 area. It didn't help. It made my pain much worse, caused increased radiculopathy, numbness, and weakness in my leg, making me barely able to walk at all. I no longer could get relief lying down and spent 2 weeks in absolute agony from that shot.
After the shot failed, I scheduled a consult with my neuro. After an exam and ordering my MRI readout, he informed me that it was the T10-L1 causing the probs and ordered a new ESI done in the correct location. He told me to go home and lie flat on my back with my legs elevated for 4 weeks. It's almost 4 weeks later and I'm not much better except the spasm. I'm still waiting to hear from pain mgmt to schedule my ESI. Ridiculous I'm having severe pain still, especially after I walk - even just to the bathrom- rediculoparhy in my thigh, groin, etc in addition to the sciatic.
Sorry this was so long. Kudos to those who read it all. Please excuse the typos and grammatical errors as I'm lying down, using my iphone which can be tricky. Thanks.