My MRI results show only a annual tear in L5-S1 with a small midline hernation. All the rest of the lumber is fine for my age (41). The delima is I have moderate to severe sciatica, depends on what I do after I wake up. The pain had gotten so bad working as a waitress part-time (3 to 4 hours per day) that I had to quite. I currently work about 32 hours per week for the local home town grocery store. I have to carry out customers groceries, lean over the counter during check out, help unload stock and put it away once a week, and so on.
I had one doctor telling me it is nothing to be concerned about back problems like this usually heal themselves in 6 to 8 weeks. And since it allready been 4 to 5 weeks from the onset of sciatica then you are half way there.
Of course I got a second opinion because the pain gets quite intense in the right side (from the lower back to the thigh). The other doctor said with so many problems you are having... and the pain is not diminishing I think it is best to see a back specialist.
I had seen the Chirpractor for a few weeks before deciding to seek a MRI... I was loosing weakness in the leg (climbing stairs became a choir and could bearly walk on my heel - though walking on my toes possed no problem) and the sudden unintentional weight loss that was more then 5% of my body weight had him as scarred as the medical doctors. I also had and sometimes still have rapid heart rate with extremely high blood pressure eluvation with sensation loss through out the body. It only last about an hour or so but it scares the dickins right out of me.
That second medical doctor expressed concern with the heart rate episodes and that I am feeling pain up into the the ribs. Since the MRI only covered the lumbar area he suggested that maybe I have something else going on up higher too.
So I am at a loss... do I spend the money for a back specialist or do I not? Has anyone ever experienced such phyical condition (wieght loss, heart rate increases, sensation lost) with a back problem?
Just so you know I am a female, 41 years old, perfect health (heart checks good, liver good, all blood panels good, thryoid test normal range, and they even check for blood clots), 5' 6" tall went from my 119 lbs to 100 lbs in four days. I was eating slightly less then normal (normal for me is eating like a horse) due to nasuea from being in so much pain.