Hello, I am a 30 year old mom, three kids, generally healthy. Two years ago I suffered a back injury at work. MRI showed herniated disc at the L-4/ L-5 disc and I believe L-5/S1. It also showed weighted images that they believed was an hemangioma. The MRI also showed mild to moderate central canal stenosis and degenerative disc disease. I have seen a Neurosurgeon who thought at the time of injury I was too young for surgery and the injury was small. Within a year I was experiencing numbness and tingling in both legs on and off everyday. I have completed a trial of physical therapy and since then have received 1 epidural injection.
The injection relieved some of the pain but not all. The injury was in January 2011, it has been two years and I believe my symptoms have progressed. In October of 2012 my right leg went completely numb for about 8 minutes while sitting in a chair. Now, everyday my legs has either heavy, vibrating sensations on and off or numbness and tingling on and off throughout my entire day. I work at a hospital and sometimes when I work 8 hours on the floor of a unit at the end of shift I can barely walk or get into my car. Is this because of the stenosis? Should I seek out another surgeon. I am really concerned with the nerve compression and what affect it may have on my muscles in the future. Please give me some advice. I'm desperate.