Several months ago, I started to feel like my leg was dragging. I went to a Sports Medicine doctor, who gave me PT exercises to strengthen my leg.
My leg weakness continued to get worse. I went to another doctor who sent me in for an MRI.
The MRI shows that I have 4 herniated discs in the Thoracic spine and 2 herniated discs in a Lumbar spine. I also have mild scoliosis.
Six weeks ago, I was able to run 3-6 miles at a time. Now, I walk with a noticeable limp.
On days that I do too much, I can barely walk at all.
I went to a Neurologist, and I left more confused than before the appointment. He said it may be the Lumbar spine causing the leg weakness, but he thought that there was nothing actively going on in that area. What?? How can there be nothing active if I am actively losing leg strength.
A few weeks ago, when I lifted my leg, it felt very weak. Now when I lift my leg, it doesn't lift much. I can't feel the muscles that used to feel weak. The harder I try to lift my leg, the more my toes twitch.
He said that maybe the surgeon may want to fix the discs in one or both.
The MRI of my brain and neck came back normal.
I am waiting to get in to a Neurosurgeon. I want to get a second opinion, but I really hate to wait since I am getting worse week by week.
I am 31 years old. I've never been in an accident. I threw my back out once as a young teenager, and once when I was 28 when I bent down to pick up something. My back bothers me off and on, but nothing excruciating. It does bother my back to clean bathtubs and things like that. I have four kids, so I've spent a good amount of time carrying babies and toddlers around.
I hate the thought of surgery. But I hate the thought of having one leg paralyzed.
Waiting just seems like forever. Has anyone else had anything similar?