Hello from CA,
I posted a similar post in another forum thread thinking it was the right spot. Maybe not as I'm new and wondering about a couple of things.
History: Rolled my truck down a ravine in 2009. Have had flare ups up and down my spine and thru my neck. Some muskular injections of cortisone and PT worked. Also pilates until I couldn't afford them anymore, then tried to keep up with PT exercises but failed on many accounts. In search and rescue with 2 big dogs, so I hike a lot. In the few months began to train hard with my second dog doing trailing vs area (area dog works independent of handler, gridding an area, trailing dog at one of one end of leash pulling/yanking you wherever person trekked, many times over uneven ground, so tripping can be involved).
That being said, figured I was exercising. Also gained weight in the past year....a good 12-15 pounds (which concerned me most with my family's history of diabetes and heart disease) not obese according to the BMI calculator but overweight.
It's been 8 weeks now since the first symptom hit, the hip and butt ache. Then the hamstring pull feeling, along with the middle of the night calf cramps. I finally called my Dr when the leg went from tingling to "asleep" to tingling, thought it was my hip and was soon directed back to my back Dr's.
The pain got worse until finally I was put on Gaborpentin 600mg (went up to 8 pills before a doctor's visit that had him alarmed) and Vicodin, along with PT that was failing me. Rec'd an epidural cortisone shot on the 20th and just a couple of days ago began to feel the pain ebb and I could walk/work (office) for a couple of hours okay. I had also rec'd the okay to get a surgeon consult which came in after my injection.
An MRI showed L5-S1 disc pretty squished (accident), the L4 herniated (age), per the experts. Surgeon had me take some X-rays bending forward and a bit backwards and other varied positions. These new X-rays indicated to him that I was urgently unstable (also the touching of the legs and trying to get my toes to move up against his fingers, etc) and the disc was slowly going to zero, and my nerves were getting squished more and more. Solution: TLIF
So my question or questions:
1) Has anyone rec'd a similar diagnostics and have opted not to do the surgery? (1 week later from injection, leg pain appears to be waning, strength not regained at this point)
2) If pain continues to wane, strength begins to come back (might I be dreaming a positive dream?) will too many epidural injections of coritsone, create brittle bones, exchanging 1 issue for another?
3) I have made small attempts at core strengthening exercises while pain has ebbed some, is this not a good thing at this time?
I will follow this up with the fact that I'm waiting for an appt to be made for my EMG tests.
Hoping this thread gets me some answers, where the other didn't. Again, maybe in the wrong spot and didn't make my point very clear.