I am new on here so hello to everyone!
Here I will tell my little story and hope some of you can relate to me or maybe give me some advice.
I have always led a happy medium lifestyle, keeping fit, walking, running lifting light to medium weights, eating well, obviously like I said happy medium and like to socialise with my friends like any other 30 year old does. I have been married 2 years and my wife is the best. I am a Mechanical Maintenance Technician working within Plastic Moulding with a keen interest in Photography and looking at it becoming a 2nd income with photographing weddings. :-) We are expecting now, its early doors but Donna is about 9 weeks pregnant! :-) So as you can imagine life feels pretty great..........
Well, back in March this year (2012) I was just in the gym one Saturday morning and had done 15 mins on the cross trainer and I went to the dumbell rack to pick up a 10kg dumbell, nothing too heavy. Before I even touched the thing, as I leant over I thought ooohhh that didn't feel right and had a slight little pinched nerve feel. Being silly I chose to carry on for another 20 mins or so and then thought I will call it a day. So I could feel this slight nerve pain whenever I twist or bend over but thought itl be fine I've felt that before! Anyway I am not one for lying around so in the afternoon I decided to clean my car out inwhich I did do with no major pain at all.
That night I went to bed and when I woke up in the morning I was alittle stiff but nothing too bad. The monday morning I thought I will get checked out by the doc and he said to keep moving etc so back to work I went, Tuesday morning still stiff but went through my days work and the same wednesday. Thursday morning I knew something was not right at all. It took me 60 seconds(which is along time) to pull myself up out of bed holding onto my wardrobe and I was in extruciating pain in the lower back. To cut this short, the wife had to dress me, take me to work as I couldnt press the clutch, pick me up after an hour being sent home and then I was in bed for 3 days struggling to get comfy, get out of bed, go to the toilet to do both numbers and had to stay off work the following full week. Being bothered about time off work I returned to light duties with the packers on the machines rather than fixing them. I then started physio where she told me I had a bulging disc. Although I havn't had an MRI scan I have always just believed her of course and still do. Its only in the last 2 months where I have felt like I can be normal again but at the sametime I am still doing my extensions and strenghtening exercises the physio gives me.
Ever since I did this though I have never been able to straighten out my left leg and it hurts like crazy trying to. Physio said this is your pinched nerve tightened up and now the disc is back in just keep extending it to straighten it out. So I did do and see it very nearly at full extension, ok abit tight in the mornings but when I have been walking on it it gets there again.
But within the last two weeks I have had a random stiff neck for 3 days, felt the same twinge when sitting down at the pc as I did when I first felt it but then was ok the day after.....but today......OH MY GOD!!!
I approached the sink to wash my hands and I can only describe the feeling as being struck by lightening in the lower back into my buttocks....the bathroom window was open and if someone was out in the alley they would of heard me YELP! I didnt even bend over much but ever since this morning the pain in my left leg has been like a throbbing toothache and I now have a limp as I cannot straighten it out and walk slightly tilting back. I did walk to the sports centre as I wanted to go the sauna and steam room which I did do thinking it may help too but only felt worse when I came home and had to lie down to get comfy. If I sit down on the couch it wrecks!! Lying down elevating my leg or lying on the side is the only comfy position.
I wouldnt mind but I am so scared that this is going to keep reoccuring and scared of waking up and not being able to get out of bed again....luckily I work shifts and on my 7 days off but I am about to start a family, so getting depressed at the thought of not being able to be an active father and maintain a healthy positive lifestyle as this is also depressing!! Along with risking my job and photography 2nd career about to start.
If anyone else is experiencing similar symptoms I'd love to hear from you or if you have any advice at all.