I'm new and I was hoping that it didn't have to come to this; however, I'm alone and unsure of what to do about my situation. First let me start with the basic info that needs to be told in order for you to understand what I'm going through.
Okay I'm from Louisiana, I live in Mississippi now but I moved to OH in December of 2010 to be closer to my dad and in June of 2011 I started having some very uncomfortable (at first) back pain with right leg sciatica. It gradually became worse as the days went by. I finally went to the chiropractor first and that didn't help, it made it worse. Then I went to the ER and the did an XRAY and determined I had sciatica. They gave me an anti-inflammatory and a pain pill and sent me on my way. A week and a half later, I had to go back. This time the sharp, shooting, and burning pain going down my right leg to my foot was so bad that I couldn't even put pants on or walk well and doing anything hurt. This visit they did a CT scan and the doctor determined I had Degenerative Disc Disease. He referred me to a neurosurgeon, who accepted me as a new patient and in 1 week I had an MRI approved by my insurance and scheduled. It was scary to me to be stuck in a tiny loud tube, but I got over it. My neurosurgeon called me in his office a few days later to have the results read. He showed me a severe
L5/S1 herniation that was actually pushing against my spine. L5 was the worst one being of the most concern to my dr. He scheduled me for and L5 Laminectomy Discectomy to be done on July 19, 2011.
Skipping some time I moved back to the south 3 months after my surgery because I hated ohio and my leg pain was gone; however, I had bad back pain still. So, I found a doctor to do a follow up but it took 2 months for me to get in to see him. I told him my history I haven't had any trauma or injury. He wrote me a prescription for narcotics and referred me to an anesthesiologist to start doing epidural injections and nerve root block injections. Those did not work. I had another MRI and it showed L4,L5,S1 with spinal stenosis. When the procedures failed he then referred me to another neurosurgeon, this is in southern Mississippi. He read my MRI and told me that I need another surgery. At this point in time my legs were going numb in any position, I felt like I couldn't do anything physical, so he scheduled my surgery for July 11, 2012 only 8 days before my year mark from my last surgery. He told me that he was going to open my spine up to alleviate the stenosis and he was going to fix all 3 discs. When I woke up he had only done the stenosis procedure and 1 disc. It is now 4 months later and I am having such terrible LEFT leg pain that it keeps me up at night, wakes me up during sleep, makes me cry from intense discomfort (understatement) I have no idea what to do. The pain is a shooting sharp burning pain that really kills me when my knee is bent like if I were to pull it to my chest. I can't take this anymore and I have no idea what to do. I'm on opioids 10mg percocet for pain and its barely helping. I've tried heating pads, ice, icy hot, bathing whatever you can think of. I am a 23 year old female. Oh and in between the time from 1st surgery to 2nd one I lost 30 lbs. Please please help