Where do I begin...for a very long time in my life, I suffered from minor back soreness, but not really pain. My first episode was in October of 2012. I was laying out getting some sun and after awhile of laying down, I tried to get up. Turns out I couldn't even move. I had no strength in my pelvic region. Security saw me on the surveillance cameras and came to the rescue (they actuallly thought I was drunk). Security had to lift me up, since I was not able to move at all. I was able to stretch it out a bit and start walking back to my apartment. Since I had never experienced this before, I made an appointment immediately with a doctor to be checked out. From the x-rays that doctor did, it showed that I had a defect in my L5, which was causing what he called, a second degree forward. My L5 was missing the connector in the back and was only connected by the main middle canal of the spine. The doctor advised me this may have been from birth, or at some point in my toddlers years, I could have suffered from a bad fall. The doctor explained the surgery was nothing, but if I could deal with it, to just let it ride out until I can't and then return. So, there I went to attempt to have a normal life again. Wrong! I couldn't work out anymore, because for some reason, after that episode I noticed the pain was becoming more and more unbareable, to the point that even standing for a certain amount of time, sitting for a certain amount of time and even laying down for a certain amount of time, was causing alot of pain and strain to my lower back. I rode it for another 7 months, until finally it caught up with me again. I was having a back weekend with pain, so I decided to lay down and rest most of the weekend. AT one point when I got up to go to the restroom, I started to feel my leg numb, tingling and even weak in the knees. This started to worry me, since this had never happen before to the extreme that it was. So, come that Monday morning, I went into the ER to be checked out, since waiting for doctor appointments can be a pain in the rearend. I was checked by the doctors, given different rounds of meds, and the end result was the same. I couldn't walk and the pain was not going away. They even gave me morphine and it didn't mask the pain. So the ER makes the decision to have me admitted, for further testing. An MRI, an x-ray and a Cat-Scan were performed and it turned out my L5 (the issue point) was compressing tne exit nerve roots, which was what was causing the leg problem I was having, aside from the back pain. It was decided that an ESI would be the best remedy at this point in the game, so I was game for it, just as long as it helped me. Well what can I say about the side effects and how I have been feeling? Not thrilled AT ALL. For starters, I came out of the hospital completely broken out in acne on my face, when I don't even suffer acne. The bloat and weight gane has been disgusting (about 10 lbs). My menstrual cycle was late a month and a half and when I finaly got it, guess what? It's been 17 days with it straight now. I contacted the office of the doctor who performed the ESI and his own staff told me that my symptoms are unheard of and not possibly. Really??? As if I didn't know my body and can tell when something is wrong. I even contacted my gynecologist and she herself told me, those symptoms are normal in female patients after an ESI and do get better with time. Why does a Gynecologist, who didn't perform the ESI know the side effects to women, but the doctor who performed the ESI, has staff that was clueless and even made me feel stupid and crazy for thinking so??? The best part about it all. Yes the ESI is masking the back pain, but not relief to the leg numbness and tingling. My foot swells after awhile, my calves cramp up throughout the day and guess what, I wake up in the middle of the night, about 3 to 4 times a week with leg spasms. JOY!!!!! Luckily I am scheduled for surgery for August 2nd, to replace my disk with a plastic, to help with the nerve compression and back issues. I am hoping and praying, that for the long term, all this will get better and my life can return to normal and I can start working out again. I went from an active life, to a non-fully-functional lifestyle. Such a terrible thing to have back issues. Word to the wise women, if you feel weird, your best bet is to contact your gynecologist from what it seems.