Hey everyone. Just wanting to drop in and ask some questions about my battle with my pain/herniation.
First off, I just want to say that this has been the MOST humbling experience of my life. I truly now can understand the fight many people are having the LBP. I am so much more grateful for things I have in my life i.e. family, friends, roof over my head, etc.
Here is the link to my full storyhttp://www.spine-health.com/forum/pain/lower-back-pain/27-male-7-months-mild-l5s1-herniation
But I’ll give you a brief overview. I’d done the whole gamut of conservative treatments (minus epidural) So feel free to skip to the end with the questions .Pre LBP
-Up until the L5/S1 herniation I was healthy, normal 28 year old male. Exercised, ate right,etc.
-Years of running, lifting, sports activity and prolonged sitting at work took its toll april 2012.
-Started having “sore back” that got worse and worse. Finally couldn’t stand the pain. Saw doc/ got an MRI June 4 2012. MRI showed herniation approx 6-7mm, left leg mainly. Doc assures me this will heal with proper time and treatment.Ok, fine.Treatments
-Mederol dose pack.
-Start physically therapy. Seems to help a little. Still do my stretches/core exercises EVERY day.
-Take ibprophen 800’s 3 times a day, take fish oil, MSM, vitamins, etc. Drink plenty of water.
-Walking, stretching seems to help. Sitting kills me.
-I am still able to work, albeit with pain. (I’ll be getting a sit/stand desk soon) thank goodness.
-Saw a pain management doc about an epidural injection yesterday. The guy was a total ass/jerk. I’ll be getting a second opinion. Day to Day:
-Here is how it goes on most days.
-Wake up, low to no pain. Start to feel pain my noon from sitting at work. Getting up every 20-30min helps alieveate pain some.
-By the end of day, I am in pain.
-Night pain seems to die down, some nights can be pretty bad though.
-I do light cardio work. Bouncing on therapy ball seems to help.
-Ice/heat. You know the drill…Overall
-90% of day outside of left foot is numb.
-The worst: about 5-6 times a day, I get what I call “flare ups”. Literally out of nowhere I get SHOOTING, UNBEARABLE PAINS down in my left foot. I mean jump out of my chair and scream pain. Lasts about 10 seconds, then subsides.
% of pain each day:
-10%-20%: low to no pain (at best)
-60%: varying degrees of pain
-20% awful unbearable pain.My questions (congrats if you made it this far!)
-I had really back lower back pains when this things started (april/may). Now the pain has greatly subsided. Very rarely does it hurt bad. What does this mean?
-The sciatic pain is what is driving me CRAZY. I can’t seem to beat it. I’ve been at this for about 4 months now.
-May/June/July: Constant numbness and throbbing pain: Shooting pain on occasion
-August: Constant numbness, much more tingling. Still shooting pain. “flare ups” Some pain starting on right leg (very minimal though)
-Sept: Constant numbness, no tingling. Have more of burning sensation. Like my foot is on fire. Still have “flare ups”
My question being: Are there stages that the disc goes through when / IF it is healing? Sorry for the length
Most of all, I just want to know WHAT is GOING ON in my body…and how I can help to beat this damn thing!?
I'm a fighter...so I don’t plan on giving up…but some days…man. My thoughts and prayers for all those suffering.