Hi I am new here but, am not new to back and leg pain. I am 37 years old and been having back/leg pain since 2005. I had a Discosectomy (did I spell that right?) in 2007 on 2 discs. That helped the muscle spasms that I was getting in my back and legs. I still have 3 pinched nerves from multiple bulging discs and degenerating disc disease in the lower back. I also have arthritic pain in my neck, my Neurosurgeon this is due to the fact that my lower back is so messed up. Moving around in the morning is hard but I have learned to push through it. As the day progresses I get sharp pains going down both legs front and back. Cold/Wet days are the most challenging days, the pain is so bad. I have tried physical therapy and cortisone shots to the spine, no of which worked. The Pain Clinic put me on Vicodine twice a day indefinitely. I have a heating pad at work and at work. I recommend a cheap $20 heating pad to anyone that has back problems. I work 8 hours a day in a company as graphic designer. I am the primary bread winner in my family - I need to be strong for them. I have been able to manage exist for a year like this, but it's not living. Pain is constant. But in the past month I am getting a new pain that I have never experienced in my legs and I don't know what to do. It feels like there are rubber bands wrapped around my pelvis area. My legs are pulsating and the pain gets worse as the day goes on. The more I move around, the weaker they feel, I also get pins and needles in my calf's and feet.. I haven't seen my Neurosurgeon on Pain Management in a year. My next appointment for the Neurosurgeon is Nov. 4th. Has anyone else have this type of pain? How can I make it stop? The Vicodine has done nothing for this.
So now I have three types of pain to deal with:arthritic pain (lower back,stiffness,sharp pinch,neck,relief with Vicodine),nerve (sharp and stabbing pain down both front and back legs, also goes to feet, some relief with heating pad and Vicodine), pulsating pain (gets worse with movement, legs feel week after brief walk, no relief).
Sorry this was so long.