I've had issues with low back pain with mild sciatica for several years. Have been told my L5-S1 disc was buldging. 3 weeks ago I bent over to pick up a pair of shoes in my closet and heard a pop. I have a Chiropractor that I trust and have used for years...he's always been able to get me better. I was able to make the short drive to his office and walked in....life hasn't been the same since! Before I even went back to a treatment room I was screaming in pain and could barely walk. I had extreme pressure and pain in my low back and shooting pains down both legs. He put me on a table that lowers you down and put ice on my back and did a songram treatment. He raised the table and I couldn't put weight on my legs w/o screaming. He called a Pain Specialist in our town that agreed to see me right away....his office mgr had to drive me to his office. They admitted me to the hospital and ordered an MRI. It showed I had herniated L5-S1...both sides. The next day I received injections in my spine. A Minimally Invasive surgeon was called in and I was told if the injections didn't help I would need fusion surgery. By the third day I started coming off the morphine and was able to go home.
I really thought that was the end of it...but oh no....just the beginning! 4 days later my back was feeling much better and I began to move around and walk more. Then I woke up the next day and when I got out of bed it felt like I had a metal rod going from mid hamstring to my foot that was on fire and SO painful. I couldn't sit b/c I couldn't bend my knee. This was unlike any sciatica pain I've ever had...much more intense and relentless. I decided to get a second opinion before having fusion surgery and the second neurosurgeon I went to said NO WAY did I need fusion surgery. He said the MRI (second one) didn't show that anything was pressing on the nerve(s) so he has ordered a Myelogram.
Does this sound like a good plan? I'm so confused by one telling me I would HAVE to have it fused and the other say NO WAY did I need that! I do NOT want surgery but I also can't stand to live this way. HELP