I have read many posts and am happy I joined. The stories I have read have made me feel like I am not the only one.
I am 39yr old female, 5'4, 143lbs. I am a military spouse and my husband is gone most of the time. I am responsible for getting things done....his chores and mine. I have always considered myself a strong person and admit I push my body further than I should. My first symptom started about 13 yrs ago. I noticed something in my lower left side of tailbone. I didn't think much of it as I didn't feel discomfort. I just knew I felt something. As years went on I felt like it would "lock" for lack of a better term. Once I shifted position it would feel fine. In 2009 I went to an ortho who did an X-ray and he said it looked fine. At that point I also noticed when I was driving my left leg would start to ache and hurt. We moved to Texas in Aug 2011 and my world has been very different. I have severe pain in central lower back more toward the left side. Getting out of bed and sleeping are almost non existent. I have actually urinated because I can't move fast enough to get to the restroom. I am so ashamed. I noticed my left heel would fall asleep as well. I still thought maybe it's the new bed, maybe I am pushing to hard....well I finally realized that the amount of pain was not normal and went to see my doctor in Apr 2012. I didn't know what to do. He ordered and X-ray and sent me to physical therapy. The X-ray showed nothing (again) and I continued physical therapy that wasn't helping. I broke down and asked for Motrin 800. I was nervous when the therapist wanted to do injections because he thought it was a muscle pushing on my nerve. I wanted to "see" if that was what the problem was. I didn't understand how we put the puzzle together with out all the pieces. I went back to my doc in June and asked for an MRI. Yay...I went and the results confuse me. The doc said my disc is protruding at l5-S1. That was it. He then referred me to a Neurologist. The pain at this point is unbearable. I saw him a month ago and he did ask many questions but didn't have the MRI image to look at. I explained the lower central pain, and my left leg has shooting pains in buttocks and leg. The MRI was conflicting as it states no obvious nerve compression. He knew there was more to it. I have an appt sept 4 and will bring my MRI disk in with me. He will do an emg test. I feel more than 1thing is going on and it scares me as to the damage. I am going to post the result and know you can't give me medical advice, but thought maybe you would see if more than one thing is going on.
L3-l4 mild predominantly foraminal disk bulging
L4-l5 mild posterior disk bulge resulting in minimal efface meant of the ventral sac
L5-s1 broad based posterior disk protrusion up to 3.3mm ap Severe facet arthrosis, moderate left and trace right facet joint effusions, mild bilateral foraminal stenosis, no obvious nerve compression
Again, I understand you can't give me medical advice. I I just need to see if I'm crazy....are these connected?
This has been a long time coming and I'm at the point I just want to scream. It is my fault for waiting? I'm just not sure what to expect and thought I would share my story. Thanks for listening.