My name is Crystal and I am from Cincinnati, Ohio. I'm a 36 year old with a 19 year history of Degenerative Disc Disease. About a year ago I felt a pinch in my lower back (which was not a new feeling or experience) and instead of a couple of days rest to fix it, I had searing/stabbing pain through my left hip and down my left leg. At its worst, it went all the way down to my ankle. I started out on pain meds and bed rest - that didn't work.
I went to the 1st doctor and he referred me to the 2nd Doctor with a diagnosis with a herniated disc with sciatic nerve compression. We did a round of 3 epidurals over a 3 month period. Keep in mind I wasn't working during this time. I had a hard time driving, walking, sitting and sleeping. That doctor than had me go to Physical Therapy. After 6 visits to PT, the therapist suggested that I see a surgeon because I was not getting any better and seemed to be getting worse. I then went back to the 1st doctor and he told me that until I could "control" what I put in my mouth (food), he would not be able to help me and that no surgeon would operate on me because of my weight.
I then went to a 3rd doctor. We discussed my options and we went with a Microdiscectomy. I had it 4 days ago and felt great afterwards (Minus nausea, dry mouth and a sore throat). Came home and felt alright the first two nights, but then all of the anesthesia left my body and I started noticing more pain in certain positions (Laying on my back and even sometimes on my sides). It isn't constant, but it is enough to make me take the pain meds I was given (Percocet and Flexeril along with Ibuprofen for anti-inflammatory abilities)
So, here I am. Trying to heal, but getting frustrated and annoyed. I'm tired and can't seem to sleep for more than about 3 or 4 hours at a time before I have to fully get out of bed and change positions. I hope it starts to improve soon and I have to keep telling myself that I am ONLY 4 days out. I came here for support and to support others. It seems unless you go through something like this, you never actually understand it. It's hard to explain and hard to understand.
Looking forward to getting to know you all!
Post edited to remove name of medical professional and or facility. by The Spine-Health Moderator Team
36 yr old with one degenerative disc (L5-S1)
3 rounds of Epidurals in 2013
6 PT visits in 2013
Microdiscectomy L5 S1 on 9/5/2013.
Re-herniated in January 2014.
Epidural on 3/3/14.
A/PLIF (L5-S1) 6/3/14