Hi, I just wanted to introduce myself. I am 46 and a mom of 4 awesome boys (16,14,13,11) so its no wonder I have back issues :-) I did something n November 2011 that threw me into the worst pain ever. Finally after drugs and pt did nothing they sent me for an MRI - 3 herniated disks one ruptured L4/5 and there was a large fragment causing sciatic pain and numbness from my low back and down both legs. The spinal injections also did nothing and I had to have 2 series. Finally had a diskectomy/laminectomy and fragment removal on 2/16!
So here I lay 3 weeks later still in pain with a huge swollen pickle at my incision(someone used that term and it fits my incision perfect lol) I am still havimg tingly/numbness in my feet. I can't drive yet and am so frustrated! I will take pain meds and muscle relaxers at bed time. I have not returned to work but lucky for me i can do some work from home. I am so happy to have found this forum and to see what others are going through.