Hi all, I am in need of your opinins. Sorry for the wall of text and the randomness, I copy and pasted from a blog of mine.
First off I have had back pain for six or seven years on and off with the worst being the last two years. After highschool but before I was 18 I went to the doctor complaining of a mild back pain in the lower left hand side of my back. I had never been in a tramatic accident but had hurt my back here and there but nothing serious.They took xrays and basically told me there was nothing wrong but maybe a strained muscle. The Dr prescribed pain killers and muscle relaxers.
The pain wert away for quite some time but then I applied for a hard labor postion and hurt my back several time while lifting heavy objects. A coulpe trips to the clinin and more pills but no fix in site.
It was probably two years ago and I was pulling a fuel tank out of a grand am to change the fuel pump. One hard twist and my back was hurting. The left side had the worst sharp pain EVER. Off to the Dr I went with some more pills prescribed to me but no fix. This visit them mentioned MRI but I blew it off. This is when the daily pain started to come into my life. By this time I was done with pills and quit taking them.
Last December while pulling my snow machine off the trailer I felt a familiar pain in the back. I got stuck several times and had to do heavy lifting while twisting to get it out.This was not as bad as the fuel pump incident but made me go at a different approach. The chiro. The first visit he took some x rays that showed a twisted pelvis and scoliosis. He taught me a bunch of stretches that I still do 3-4 time a day and popped me in twice a week for a month. He recomended that I go to the gym and start building my core. To the gym I went. A couple months later the pain went away. I was pain free for about four months. I thought that was the end.
Then one day doing cable rows I felt a small pain and stoped immediatly. By the end of the week I was in pain everyday. I went to my chiro a coulpe more times but gave up on him and went to a Dr but a specialist. He suggested a MRI and I agreed. Turns our I have a herniated disk in l5 S1. I wish I would of done a MRI WAY earlier in my life because I think that while changing hte pump I herniated the disk. I have lived two years like this and I am not deeply depressed and worried that I will never be perfect health wise.
A while ago I finally went in for my cortizone epidural injection. I went into same day surgery thinking I would just lay down in a normal dr office adn get my shot. Turns out I had to go into the operating room. It took about a hour. I felt pretty good leaving with little pain.
The first 24 hours I took it easy as I was told to by my Dr but had really sharp pain right on the injection site. This went on for 3 days.
A day later I went to the gym doing bi's and shoulders and kinda reinjured it straining doing standing DB curls. A day later and it had started to feel better. It has now been over a week and I have to say that the shot DID work. Well, for a while at least. a few days after I would rate my pain ata 1 to 2. Today I would call it 3 or 4. But still not as bad as before?
The thing is that the more I research hernaited disks the more it makes me think it is a miss-diagnois. It makes no sence how I was pain free for about four months and then it came right back. Also while getting diagnosed the Dr's thought it was wierd that when laying on my back and raising only 1 leg I was fine. But when both legs were brought up I was in pain.
Another thing is when I was feeling pain free it was after a month of adjustments for my chiropractor and I was doing high intensity cardio. When I look back it seems that when I slowed my cardio the pain came back.
What would you guys do? Should I go visit my chiropractor and get readjusted? Go and get more epidural injections?
In pain in idaho,
MircoD of L4-S1 on 3/5/2014
MRI stating either re-herniation or post-op granulation tissue- 5/16
Re-herniation confirmed, ESI on 5/29