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New here, 2 days post open discectomy

cascas Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in New Member Introductions
My problems started 6 weeks ago. I was at the beach boogie boarding with my kids and digging a big hole in the sand. I was twising and throwing a bucket of sand when I felt a big pop in my back. My back hurt for the rest of the day. Next morning I was having back pain, groin pain, left leg pain, and trouble urinating. Went to my doctor, who sent me to a urologist. Urologist thought I had prostatitis. That weekend I had to go to the emergency room the pain was so bad. They sent me home with pain killers. The urologist had sent me for a CAT scan to rule out kidney stones. He gave me prednisone and antibiotics, which helped the urination, but I still had a weak stream. They found a large anurismal bone cyst and gave me a refferal to a specialist. I went to my moms chiropractor and explained my symptoms. He suggested an MRI before any treatment was started. I went back to my GP and asked for an MRI. He tried to get me one, but my insurance would not approve anything till I got an eval in the bone cyst. At this point I took things into my own hands. I went back to the chiropractor and asked him to send me for an MRI, and that I would pay cash. Cash is king, because I got one the same day, and it was only $500. MRI showed a large heriation that completely separated from the disk, ran down the spinal cannal, pushing against the exiting l4, traversing l5, and part of the Cauda Equina. I went to my GP with this, who got me right over to the neurosurgeon. Neurosurgeon looked at the MRI, and said that has got to come out, ASAP, or I could lose function in my leg, and possibly my bladder. I had the surgery, and am 2 days post op. Lots of pain at the incision site, some in the right buttock, put the foot and leg pain is gone. Best of all, I CAN PEE!. I got up this morning and peed no problem. Nice strong stream. I hear alot of back surgery horror stories, but I just don't think I had much of a choice in the matter. Hopefully all goes well and I make a full recovery.
Best wishes to all,


  • hi and welcome to the forum!!! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can.. good luck on a complete and successful recovery.. i am so glad you wound up with no bladder problems.. please stop by anytime, there is always someone to talk with!! Jenny :)
  • That is good news. Seems that it is very good that you took matters in to your own hands. I don't know when these insurance companys started thinking that they know more than the docs and should call the shots but I have heard many stories like yours.

    Glad to hear that you are doing well and I hope that things continue to get better for you.
  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,730
    I'm glad you had the sense to take matters into your own hands and maybe stop a damaging progression. Your insurance should reimburse you for the MRI and be thankful that It didn't cost them more in the long run! Have aa speedy recovery!
    Good luck, Jim
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
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