Hello, I'm new to these forums. My problems started 3 years ago when I started seriously going to the gym. My doctor thought it was IT band syndrome. Did therapy, massage and it just didn't get better. I became inactive and the pain lessened, but I stated packing on the pounds. The pain came back again and I ended up at PT again. My therapist was so good and she really pushed it being a back issue and sure enough I had a herniated disk. I tried McKenzie, massage and chiro and nothing helped. I did a few ESI's and they were great until they wore off.
Since my last ESI in May, things have been gettting progressively worse. I've gained roughly 70lbs in the last year and a half. I've been getting pain, tingling and burning in way more areas and severe stifffness when rising from a chair. Recently I've been getting a hint of saddle numbness and increasing weakness (I've fallen twice). The other day, I went to get up from my desk at work and I coudln't bear weight on my affected leg. It was very weak and felt like someone was jamming a bunch of red hot nails in my calf. I've been in such denial. I've convinced myself time and time again that its only temporary and I can fix this myself.
To get to my questions, what wat the last straw for you? Did you deny that you really had a problem? Did you feel better after surgery? Do you feel it was wortI h it? Would you do it again?
I would so appreciate some input. I'm so anxious about all of this. It's been impacting my work more and more, and I really love my job.