Hi everyone I am new here. I am a 29 year old female. I had weight loss surgery in march 2013 I've lost 170 lbs since 2011. Around end of April I started with stiff back pain and butt pain but ignored it thinking it was related to weight loss. Not even a few weeks later I couldn't even walk due to being in excruciating pain all down my left leg. It was so bad to the point I was immobile and had to force myself to go to the bathroom or shower. I had to manually lift my leg up to get into bed! I finally saw my primary care which said it was just muscular and sent me on my way! As the days went by it got worse and worse to the point I was in tears daily. It wasn't until swelling in my left leg and constant visits before they took me seriously. I was checked for blood clot, etc which was normal. My X-ray at ER was also normal. My primary told me to wAit 8 weeks and if continued she would refer me to a orthopedic and give me an MRI after I begged them numerous times. Anyway I didn't want to wait 8 weeks I was begging her to amputate because the pain was horrific I was telling family I would rather die then live with this pain the rest of my life! On top of this pain I have gastritis and now possibly an ulcer in my stomach. Anyway I called a orthopedic who got me in relatively quickly and ordered the MRI. However he wouldn't give me anything for the pain so I had to go through my primary care after they got the results of my MRI showing I had a bulging disc at l5 s1 that was pressing on a nerve! I was scheduled for a lumbar spinal injection in June 2013 and it the meantime my primary gave me 150 oxycodone 5/325 to get me through until the injection kicked in.
The injection took 2 weeks for full effect but it finally worked and I was able to return to work. Shot lasted a good 3 months pretty much completely pain free! The last few weeks the pain has been coming and going but not neArly as bad as it was! Well 2 days ago I felt ok before so I did a 3 mile walk felt good Afterwards too. Then yesterday morning excruciating pains but this time different areas,,, now it's both buttocks, neck, and both sides of upper back a bit so I sit and wonder if this disc is pressing on a different nerve now. I had spinal injection #2 today and it hurt very badly! My primary referred me to the pain clinic now which is where I got my spinal injection today. I asked for something for the pain because last time it was 2 weeks before any relief! The dr asked me what works for me and my answer for that is percoset and morphine but I didn't want him to think I was seeking if I knew it worked well for me! So he sent me home with 15 of 5/325 hydrocodone. The nurse however made mention he wanted to find out if this works for me which is why he gave me such a small dose 15 pills. Obviously this might take me 4 days if I'm lucky. Based on what the nurse said if this med helps is it ok to call to tell them it worked so he can prescribe more temporarily since it seemed like that is what the nurse was trying to say? I am worried I will be black listed if I call asking for more in cAse I misunderstood what she said. I am limited as to what I can take. Any NSAIDs are out of the question and oral steroids because I had gastric bypass surgery. At the same time my gastroenterologist asked me to taper off the pain meds due to severe constipation do I cannot win I live with constant pain or constipation. I am sick of asking for something for pAin because I feel like I am begging like a druggie and I'm not!! At this point I am considering back surgery because I don't know what else to do! Any input?
Herniated disc diagnosis 6/2013
Bulg disc pushing on nerve at L5-S1
Steroid injection #1 was 6/2013
Steroid injection #2 was 10/1/2013