First, I would like to thank this website and its founders. Second, I would like to thank everyone who has posted information about back issues so I could be more informed about my condition. Third, I would like to thank my family for their support.
Currently, I have severe pain in my left upper butt and front shin. I am taking 1000 mg of vicodin 4 times a day and was recently put on lyrica 150 mg per day. I still do not have pain relief.
Herniated L3-L4 and L4-L5 discs in 1995 while playing college football. Decided not to have surgery and tough it out. Approximately one year later, I was relieved of my pain in my back and left leg. From 1997 to 2009, I injuried my back numberous times, but did not seek medical assistance.
Finally, June of 2009, I injuried by back seriously. My back Dr said I had bulging discs at L3-L4 and L4-L5, with spinal stenosis at L3-L4. Went through physical therapy for 3 months. After 3 months had no pain. I was running 15 miles a week. Then on March 5, while leaning over the sink, I re-injuried my back. The back doc gave me 2 epidural injections and it relieved the pain (back and leg) for 2 months.
Then, I was having back pain throughout June 2010. On 07/05/10 I awoke with severe back and leg pain. I called my back Dr on 07/06/10 and he was out of the office. Finally, I saw the Dr on 7/15/10 and had my MRI on 7/20/10. The MRI showed an extruded disc at L3-L4 abutting the descending left L4 nerve root. The extruded disc has a maximal AP dimension of 8mm. Also, the MRI reported DDD in L3 through S1.
The Dr said surgery is an option if I wanted to remove the herniation. If surgery was performed, Dr could guarantee my leg pain would be removed, but could not guarantee my back pain would be eliminated. He referred me to a PM for steroid injections on 07/15/10. On 07/23/10, I called the PM to make sure they received the Drs referral. The PM indicated they had not received the referral. Finally, after pushing my Dr. for the PM referal, the first appointment to see the PM was not until the last week of August. I called my Dr. back and said this appointment is six week away and I wanted them to refer me to another PM. My Dr. said I only refer my patients to this PM and that I would have to wait 6 weeks for injections. I am extremely mad at this point.
On 07/29/10, I went back to the back Dr and requested additional pain relief since my PM could not see me until the last week of August. He prescribed 150 mg per day of lyrica. Since starting lyrica, my back and leg pain has quadrupled. The vicoden and lyrica do not give me pain relief. I am totally frustrated right now and do not know what to do. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks.