Hello all I am new here,
I have been suffering with DDD/DJD for many years now, I have also had a slight bulge at the L5 until january 2nd 2010 when I bent over to get clothes out of the dryer and felt a pull then pop and a terrible pain that kept me from moving for several minutes. I thought that I had pulled a muscle so I did what anyone would do, I iced it and took tylenol then tried to work it out, still having so much pain I ignored it for a while then the tingling and numbness started in my right leg which I thought it was the nerve growing back from an ablation I had done 3 months prior, I finally went to my spine/pain specialist who sent me for the MRI which revealed my tear and rupture. I have had the 3 sets of epidural steriod injections which did very little, all they did was allow me to move my right leg a bit more I had stopped dragging afterward, byt this point the numbness and tingling and pain had moved into the left leg as well with tingling in my groin area as well. My spine specialist recommended the spinal stimulator which I refused, so I opted for physical therapy to see if manual traction would help, after 2 weeks I was in the shower and I bent slightly to the right to wash my leg and again terrible pain rushed along my low back and down my legs and then both my legs at the same time from the knees down went completely numb (I have been having numbness this whole time, but not in that way) then the heaviness in my right leg came back. I had to get help getting out of the shower and getting dressed, the physical therapist wouldnt even touch me until I saw the doctor again which I did today, after again refussing the stimulator he is now refering me to an orthropedist surgeon for surgery, the doctor said physical therapy would not help me. I am depressed and just want to get back to my life again. Any suggestion would be much appreciated.
"throwing in the towel"