Hi. I went through almost 7 months of severe back pain, before anyone finally told me what exactly it was from- a hyrneated disk. After repeated doctor visits, I finally gave in and said look, this pain has gone way too far now, I had to quit my job (doing what I always dreamed to do, owning and operating my own in home daycare). They did two cortisone shots, the first I was in the ER three days later with severe pain, and the second with no success of improving the pain.
In December of 2011, I had a discectomy, on my L5/S1. Despite the expected pain from the surgery (so I told myself), I thought things were going okay. In April, pain started up again. I had a check in with my neurosurgeon, and he said that the surgery wasn't supposed to take care of the back pain, it was for the leg pain. Hello!! Are you kidding me? With so much PT, I decided to try seeing a chiropractor, as I have heard success stories all the time, for all different reasons. I did constant chiropractic care for three straight months (which of course soaked a hole in my wallet up to three times a week). After that, I thought great! things are healing just fine! So I stopped going there. The summer passed by so quickly. In November, I was experiencing a little discomfort, but not too bad. By Christmas, I had the pain back in the same spot where my surgery was, to the point that I could barely walk at times. After the holidays, into the middle of January, things were okay again. By the first part of February, I developed worsening pain, though this time, on the opposite side of surgery. I went in to see the chiropractor, told him about my story, and started getting treatments again. He told me it is now L4. Three and a half weeks later, no improvements. I went to see an MD, because I only had a few pills that I had left from surgery. He refilled the prescription, plus gave me Tylenol with codeine to get myself to sleep and a muscle relaxer. He said that it is too soon to do an MRI, but that if pain persists in a month, to go back in to see him. He said that one can only take enough PT, so don't do PT, or go back to the chiropractor. I swear, whatever it takes for them to take all my money. I've been on all these prescriptions now, and it is bothering the heck out of me!! Can anyone with similar issues please give me some feedback on what you think I should do? It helps to talk to someone who knows the pain we are in. Thank you.
tired of back pain