Hello everyone! I feel so much better when I talk to others with the same problems.
I am a 46 yr old female that is in good shape and very active (or used to be). I have had mild lo back pain for a few yrs now but just thought it was muscle pain from working out. One morning in May I went golfing and on my first drive off the tee I felt and heard a crack in my lo back. Within two weeks I was in bad pain and went to see my doctor. She said I could not get an MRI until I went through at least 3 weeks of physical therapy (policy of the HMO) but she prescribed Oxycodone for me. I trusted her and went in the next day. The PT evaluated me and then gave me exercises to do 5 times a day. Within one day, the pain left my back and shifted to my leg. I had extreme pain, numbness and tingling shooting from my hip to my ankle. I couldn't walk or sleep or sit without extreme pain. I went back to my doc and basically pleaded with her, actually breaking down in tears, to get an MRI. She agreed to submit a request which she said could be denied so not to get my hopes up. I got angry at this point and accused them of getting me hooked on pain meds. To make a long story short, after a month of extreme pain (that no amount of Oxy or Vicodin could help) I got the MRI which showed severe compression on the nerve with annular tears in two disks. I was able to get an appt with the top neuro in the area due to some connections I had ( otherwise would have had to wait over a month!) and was recommended for the microdiscectomy immediately. I was too scared to have back surgery, a huge mistake of mine, and chose to go with an epidural shot first, hoping that would take care of it. It didn't and the side effects of the steroids were awful and at the same time I decided to get off the pain meds so I was dealing with HORRIBLE pain med withdrawals. I finally had the surgery last week and I woke up with immediate relief and have felt great for this week but all of a sudden yesterday I started getting tingling and numbness back in my leg. I'm so scared that it's coming back! Is this possible???