First post on this forum. Tons of valuable information here, thanks!
Two years ago I had a micro-disc surgery on L4/l5 and have been in good shape ever since. About a month ago I flipped a canoe and got my foot stuck under the seat. I was pulled through a rapid attached to the boat and was beat up pretty bad. The next day I started feeling the numbness, leg pain, and lower back pain associated with disc trouble. The leg pain seems to come and go, but the pain in the back area (not muscular) is intense. I had an MRI and it showed a large bulge at L3/l4 and another smaller one at l5/s1. Surprisingly, my old surgical area wasn't affected.
My question is about the back and hip pain. During my last back event, I rarely had back pain. It was focused in the leg... sciatic pain. Now I have the occasional sciatic pain, but tons of pain in my back. I can barely move and often can barely walk. I have extreme pain in my lumbar area and in my upper hips. It's awful. My back surgeon is so quick with me, I feel like he was hyperfocused on my leg pain and previous surgical site and wasn't listening to my complaints of back pain.
I'm on the typical pain meds (Norco, Mobic, predisone), and have an ESI scheduled for next week. Has anyone else experienced the back specific pain with herniated/bulging disc, or is there something else possibly going on? All I know is that I'm miserable and need to find some relief. I have a physically challenging job and 2 young children that don't want to see daddy laying on the couch. Hopefully the ESIs will help, another surgery sounds awful. I don't know if a discectomy is the key since it isn't bad leg pain anyway.