I herniated my T12-L1 8 weeks ago now. It took 4 weeks due to my dr. Not including my MRI with my referral to the neuro, to get in and find out what exactly the prroblem was. Before that, I had an ESI in the wrong location which only aggrevated my back and nerves that were damaged in my surgery last year. My neuro told me to go home, lie flat on my back for 4 weeks, only getting up to use the bathroom and shower. He told me he'd call my pain mgmt dr. the next day, after he reviewed my films, and instruct them where to do an ESI. 4 weeks have gone by now and I'm no better off, in fact I'm probably worse. My neuro didn't follow up with the pain mgmt dr. Until more than a week after my appt, after I called his office to check up on things since pain mgmt hadn't heard from him. I just finally scheduled the ESI for the 22nd. Am I the only one who thinks this is ridiculous? I'm in severe pain whenever I move, I haveso much inflammation in my back, that it feels like I'm laying on top of one of my son's matchbox cars or something. I feel like I'm laying on a lump. I have lost feeling in both thighs, my abdomen, and groin/upper thighs. I have problems emptying my bladder too. Some days, the pain radiated into my abdomen, just under the edge of my ribs. I've got severe pain in my upper thighs, shooting down my legs on the sides. I can barely walk.
After 8 weeks, I'm pretty hopeless that is going to heal on it's own. My neuro said he won't do surgery unless I'm at serious risk of paralysis and/or serious bladder or bowel dysfunction. I can't continue to live like this! My house is falling apart, my kids are suffering, my husband is completely overstressed, about at his wits end. I'm about ready to go insane, I'm so stir crazy.