OK...First, I will tell you I am a healthy, active 28 year old with no medical problems in my history except migraines. Back in March, 2011, I had my sister step on my lower back to crack it. She had done this hundreds of times before. Shortly after that I had pain that slowly became more severe. A week later I went to the local ER where they ran Xrays and concluded nothing was wrong. A week later, I called my PCP and made an appointment. I met with him and he said nothing was wrong and just put me on anti-inflammatory. Two weeks later, the pain was so severe I could barely walk so I returned once again to my PCP. He finally ordered an MRI which showed I had 2 herniated discs that were pressing on the sciatic nerve. I was referred to an Ortho surgeon (not neuro) by my PCP. By this time, it was early May and he referred me to a pain clinic to start injection shots. The doctor said these may or may not work. I would receive one shot every 2 weeks for 3 sessions (total 6 weeks). If that didnt work then we would talk about surgery. Well I talked this over with many people and decided since I was getting married early September (2011) I wanted to chose a procedure that was the 'sure thing.' So i opted for the surgery and bypassed the injections. I had my surgery July 14th. The pains before surgery that I was experiencing were shooting pains through my left buttocks and through my left leg, to the knee. It was hard to sit, bend, and I obviously couldnt lift. My doctor informed me that I would have IMMEDIATE relief from the shooting pains in my legs but that, obviously, my back would be sore for 3-5 weeks. Other than that, he made the surgery seem like a breeze.
Well, all went well with the surgery..or so I thought. FOr the first 10 days everything was going as planned. Sore back but the worse pain in the legs had vanished. However, a little less than 2 weeks after the surgery (about 12 days from today) I started having severe shooting pains through the left leg. This time, it went from my hip flexor into the bottom of my left foot. These were shooting pains, all of the time. A few days after this I started becoming very very sore in my left side and left buttocks. It was more painful and harder to function than it was BEFORE the surgery. At my follow up appt I explained this all to my doctor and he put me on a 5 day cycle of steroids and said to continue to take the pain medicine. That was Wednesday. Since then, the pain has almost doubled. Now, not only am I having the shooting pains through my buttocks and entire left leg, my left foot now gets numb when I sit down and I have the pins and needle feeling through my left thigh. Just last night (this is what really scared me) I started having uncontrollable twitches in my upper body. I am going to call him first thing Monday morning because I know that something is not right. I am now 4 weeks away from my wedding and can barely walk for 5 minutes at a time.
My question is this: What could possibly going on? Could this be a nerve? nerve damage? Did I wait to long to have the surgery? (injured in March, surgery July)....What can be done to help?
My pain medicine is really starting not to work (I am on Norco, 10/325) but if I dont take it I literally cant move off the couch. I wanted to ask him to switch me to some pain medicine without acetaminophen but I dont want him to think I just want medicine. That is not the case at all. I just have been on medicine with that ingredient for 4 months and I am worried about my liver. What else could he put me on without acetaminophen but helps like Norco?
But that isnt my main issue. I really need some insight as to what could be going on? I am really scared about not only my well being but how I am going to be able to function at the wedding. Should I ask for another MRI?