I have been an unregistered lurker for quite some time now, but figured it was time to establish my own identity here as I figure I will be here for some time yet to come.
I am a single mom who was injured last summer. It took some time to piece everything together, but it seems that it was more likely than not - a biking accident that did me in. I had a very minor (so I thought) bicycling accident on a Sunday morning with what I thought was nothing more than a couple bruises and some road rash. The next day - Monday evening, I was hit HARD by the worst migraine I've ever had - it sent me to the ER within a couple of hours and I've always waited days before going to the ER for a migraine. The ER staff checked the out for signs of stroke and questioned me to make sure that I had not hit my head the day before, treated me for the migraine, and off I went. A couple days later, the back pain started....and then built up. Nearly 7 months later, here I am.
Early thinking was that I may have simply twisted wrong or injured myself while lifting one of my kids but the surgeon and his staff agree with me with the sequence of events with the biking accident. Not that any of it matters when it boils down to it.
I was fortunate enough to have been sent to a D.O. early in this injury who recognized the signs of herniation. He not only refused to touch me out of concern of injuring me further, but he got the MRI ordered before the typical 6 week "waiting period."
The MRI showed central disc bulge at L3/L4 and central disc herniation at L4/L5 with spinal stenosis as a result. I was sent to a pain clinic where we battled it out a bit over under-medicating me in light of the fact that the (3) ESI's did NOT do what they were intended to do. Once we got that cleared up, and got the lines of communication open again - we are more back on track. I have also tried PT, which sends even more symptoms into my foot.
I met with a surgeon just before the new year and the recommendation is for the discectomy and laminectomy. The biggest hope, of course, is to relieve the nerve compression. I am looking to schedule this in May. It would give me time to arrange for some help for a few weeks, and I would love for there to not be any snow on the ground. He made it very clear that recovery would not be an easy "walk in the park" so I am here, and other places learning as much as I can.