I have been reading this forum since my surgery and it has been an invaluable resource.
I have had back pain , never really diagnosed for about 20 years..im 35..i always attributed it to my work..i was a full time horseperson(lots of falls and heavy lifting)..and then got into horseshoeing(always bent over) and am now an ICU nurse(lifting,pulling and pushing)..
I have always had sciatica off and on over the years so i knew i had some disc issues but never really pursued it..i also worked in the e.r and know how poorly treated/managed back pain patients can be..it was going to be my new years resolution this year to get myself feeling better as the pain was getting worse and getting through a 12 hr shift was miserable.
well, on new years eve...i had a huge rupture at L3-L4..i knew something was different this time as within 24 hrs raging sciatica turned into numbness with foot drop..by the time i got an mri,which besides the rupture showed a whole bunch of other stuff, and saw the neurosurgeon i had completely lost the reflex below the knee in the left leg..neuro said because rupture was so large my only option was surgery..had the microD jan.11, stayed overnight in hosp and had my mom stay with me for 2 weeks...recovery went well...did tons of walking and am doing 8-10 miles/day weather permitting.The nerve that was compressed actually had a tear in it. my left leg is still not perfect but the walking helps so much. my shin is still completely numb...nerves are interesting creatures..so anyway, its back to work tomorrow..im a little anxious but i know my co workers will take good care of me...i just wanted to thank this forum as it has been so helpful..