Hi, new here.
I am at the point of insanity. Ok, maybe that is being a little dramatic. November of 08' I was carrying my 4 month old down the stairs in the morning. I hit the second to last step and my foot slid out from under me and next thing I knew, whammo, I'd fallen and I could barely get up. (thank god my 4 month old was unharmed!)
I went to the doctor's office, who gave me Lortab and told me to take it easy. As I was healing, I notice a lot of pain in the buttocks area. I would tell my friends that it felt like my ass had been stomped by a 300 pounder.
After 3-4 weeks of that pain, it went away and I forgot about it. Several months later, I started having the same type of intense pain, but on my right side. I finally got tired of it and went to see my doc, who diagnosed me with Sciatica, prescribed my some useless muscle relaxant, and Ibuprofen. She also sent me to physical therapy.
I went to physical therapy and started to do the excersises without much improvement. Then, one morning about mid July 2009 (the week of my daughters 1st birthday, of course!)I woke up in excruciating pain in my left buttocks.
Since then I have been in a world of hurt. I went to a chiropractor (helped with back pain, did nothing for sciatica), and finally went back to see my doc, who had me get an MRI.
MRI revealed that I have 3 large disc herniations. L3/L4 herniated bilaterally, L4/L5 herniated to the left and L5/S1 herniated to the left as well. I also have a lot of spinal stenosis.
My doc sent me to see a neurosurgeon. He had me do a bunch of tests in his office and told me that it was up to me, but that in his opinion, because I do not have back pain and only have sciatic pain, that I would be an excellent candidate for surgery.
I am looking for advice on what to do. I am overweight (6'2" 310 lbs) and my brother, who thinks I should avoid back surgery like the plague, thinks that I should try to lose weight before anything else. My issue with that is, if I lose the weight, and the back still hurts the same, I have wasted a lot of time (although realizing that weight loss is extremely important and something that I definitely need to do.)
Should I go see another surgeon? Any ideas would help. Thanks.