I'm new to this type of forum. I just had lumbar back surgery (lumbar discectomy) for a herniated disc. On Christmas day I discovered that 3 toes on my left foot were numb. I also had quite severe back pain. Some back pain is not unusual. I've been under a chiropractor's care for years, making weekly appointments for about 6 weeks. Then I would be able to go a 2-3 months before having to go back. I also have 3 bulged discs in my neck and degererative disc disease. I figured I'd have more trouble with my neck and was surprised when the disc blew in my lower back.
Anyway, I saw my chiropractor shortly after the first of the year and she called in an X-Ray. After viewing the results of that, she then requested an MRI for a better look. That's when she saw the extent of the damage. She referred me to a neurosurgeon. Unfortunately, I had not been taking care of my health and had extremely high blook pressure.
Along with the numbness in my toes and the back of my calf, I had extreme pain down my left leg. I would wake up in the middle of the night, paralyzed with pain. During this month before surgery, I was on no pain meds other than Tylenol, which did NOTHING to alleviate the pain.
To make a long story short, I was finally able to have surgery at the end of January. The back pain is gone except for localized pain at the incision sight and a little residual pain from the nerve damage. I am still on temporary disability from work and waiting for an appointment with a physical therapist so I can learn some exercises and other tips to protect the spine and remaining discs. I still have trouble sitting straight up (like at a desk) and driving a car. I can only sit for short periods of time before I have to recline or lie down.
Nice to be here. I hope this forum helps me.