I'm hoping someone else has had this happen because I'm confused.
Hx: L5S1 bulge/herniation last June while doing CPR. Lower back pain and R leg tingling and pins and needles. Underwent PT for 6 weeks and it only made it worse. Since I have to lift 100 lbs to go back to work, my doctors agreed that the only hope I had was to go ahead with lamenectomy/fusion. I had no disc left and was bone to bone. Sept had surgery and pt started soon after. Pt and then work hardening and conditioning until April of this year. At that time they decided to give me a break and see if we could get my pain under control. Pain is 3 -7 in my lower back and above symptoms in my r leg. I was told recently that I will probably not go back to work as a medic since lifting 100 lbs. doesn't seem likely. I take tramadol, valium at night and have just started on neurontin. I also have a tens unit that gives me some relief in my lower back.
Anyway, getting to my question. I hand an EMG done last week and it showed no damage to the nerves in my right leg. I asked my doctor why I was having symptoms of tingling, pins and needles and pain if there was no damage. He said the nerve was irritated. Is this common? I'm worried that they (workers comp) will try to say I'm faking my symptoms (which are very real) Has anyone else had this happen? I am so tired of the pain and want my life back. I'm accepting I won't go back into the field, I just want to be as normal as possible.
If anyone has had similar experience, I'd love to hear about it.