I’m a 46 year old male who is just darn tired. It started in 2000 when I was pulling a tree limb felt a big pop in my low back. I was down for a few days then finally went to a chiro and just did not get better. PCP did a MRI and found DDD in L4-L5-S1. Just took it easy and and the pain went down with only minor flare ups. 2004 started building a house and the pain returned strong. Ignored the pain with lortab, not very smart, for a year until the house was built. Entered PM in 2005, MRI read much worse than original. A month later the outside of my right foot went numb, my rt piriformis & si joint went to pot. Shots & more shots until surgery in Sept 2007 by a NS. He did a Himilaminectomy at Rt side L5-S1 to release the entrapped nerve root. No good. Next MRI showed that the disk at L5-S1 collapsed. Did I mention pain. Methadone barely worked. Oct 08 NS did a PLIF at L5-S1 and a laminectomy on the right side of L4-L5. Pain did subside but has steadily increased since then. Present time right heel is numb with pins and needles. The outside of the same foot hurts badly by the end of the day. The right SI joint is very painful to the touch, sitting longer than 15 minutes much less driving is misery. The NS did another MRI and CT scan. All hardware is where it should be & foramen channels clear. Shots & more shots. PM calls it FBSS and peripheral neuropathy. I am on MS Contin, zanaflex, Motrin, neurotin (sp). PM says the only other option is a SCS but he is not pushing it. Today I just do not know what to do. So many thing I just cannot do any more.
Thanks for letting me rant. Some days my wife just does not understand. I do count my blessings that it is not worse but it sure gets tiresome.