Hello Spine Health Community..
I recently joined Spine - Health because of the excellent community base, and insight into spine related health concerns. I am 28 years old and currently serving on Active duty with the Unites States Army. I am a helicopter pilot with the Army and have been flying for the past 6 1/2 years. I recently returned from Afghanistan where I was introduced to heavy olympic style lifting i.e. dead lift, squats and power clings. Unfortunately this new hobby, in addition to my career field have caused some havoc on my lumbar spine.
This resulted in a large herniation with stenosis and nerve compression at L3-L4 and a bulging disk at L4-L5 with more nerve compression. I have serious nerve pain in my left hip and shin, especially while sitting. I also have numbness in my right shin and loss of muscle strength in my right calf and big toe. This recent injury has caused me to be grounded, and addressed serious concerns about my future with the military, my future as a pilot and my lifestyle.
This being said, I am doing some soul searching and this website so far has really helped me with the medical aspect of my condition.
I am waiting a appointment with a neurosurgeon and am looking forward to my future treatment and recovery from this bump in the road in my life. I am trying to stay positive and this website has really been key in me doing that. Thanks Everyone, and good luck with your spine issues...