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,