I have had an MRI and a herniated lumbar disc was found. A neurosurgeon was consulted and said "Surgery Would Help".
Fine and dandy, but now because of extremely limited income (social security) I find myself living a thousand miles south of the US border. There are no MRI machines within a 500 mile radius.
I am having problems with the herniation. When I eat a complete meal I suffer crippling back pain almost a day after eating the meal (I have fasted to make sure I was not being fooled by something else)
It is NOT stomach or intestinal pain. Period. Something in my gut is pressing on that herniated bulge and the pain is indescribable. I have to eat a ton of prunes or take a moderate laxative to get relief. With a really bad episode I can barely walk, and after the laxative does its work 24 - 36 hours later the pain has subsided. This is not my imagination. Also, my bladder seems to be greatly affected when the food irritates the herniation. Leakage and difficult to urinate.
I am going to have to do handstands in order to get closer to the border. So if these symptoms are "common" then I will ponder their significance less. The 2nd and worst herniation occurred 18 months ago. I was on a walker for seven months and had to use a Canadian Crutch constantly for another four months. I still need to use a crutch to ascend and descend stairs. "Pain" is constant which I can handle with Tramadol, an NSAID, and Tylenol. But when the intestinal bulge touches the herniation, WOW! The urination thing seems to be worsening.
I would take great comfort from folks who have similar symptoms and have been reassured by their doctor that the symptoms are not worrysome. Again, i am a long long way from competent medical services. Thank You! You can email me a firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish.