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Help pain has returned!

Im 32 year old female and very active person. Im also a police officer and that means i wear a 20pd duty belt everyday to work. Around May 2013 i began having an achy pain in my right leg/lower back. I choose to ingnore the pain and contiued participating in half marathons, dualthons, 100 mile ride and the Tough Mudder. During the Tough Mudder I injured my lower back while climbing up muddy hill. Since that day i have seen a chiropractor, Pain Magament doctor who prescribed Gapaptin, Tramadol and sleeping meds since sleep was becoming non existent. I also began seeing a Physical Therapist who after the 6 visit told me therpay appeared to be hurting me and said he would no longer treat me. The chiropratcor ordered an MRI which showed L4/L5 herniated disc. The pain maagment doctor tried several shots but unfortunatley nothing helped. The pain was no longer in my back but almost like an athritic pain in my hip, knee, chin and ankle. Novemeber 1st 2013 was my last day of work, I wasn't able to stand or run anymore. I finally saw an Orthopedic surgeon and he completed a discectomey on December 23rd 2013.

Surgery was amazing and the Doctor said that everything went as planned. I woke up pain free other than the pain at the incision area. The doctor approved me to go back to work full Dtuy on January 30Th. I was thrilled to be back to work, I was pain free and at times had to remind myself to take it easy because i did just have back surgey. I was approved to walk, ellipitcal and weights from a seated position. On The 30th around 1PM I was on a police call and started feeling a little ache again in my hip. I just assumed it was from standing alot on my first day back to work. I was not able to sleep that night i had that achy pain in my hip and knee. I woke up in the morning and thats when the pain is the worst it feels like i have arthrisits in those areas. I went to work and felt that pain all day long and then the next day i was at work and mentioned i had pain again. My sgt ordered me to go home. He said he had several back surgeries and told me not to come back if i have any pain and to take care of myself.

So its been a week and my pain is still there in my leg, getting worse everyday. I can barely walk 5 minutes without pain. I saw my doctor who said my duty belt most likely caused the area to be inflamed because its so heavy. He took me out another 6 weeks. He doesn't think I re- herniated my disc.Since the surgey this is the worse pain ive been in. I literally was pain free after surgey up until i went back to work. Im scared that i re-herniated my disc and that I will be out of work longer than expected. I really just want to be back to normal, back at work and cycling again. Im feeling really down lately. Im hoping the doctor is right but like i said its been a week out of work again and the pain has not subsided.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,846
    when it comes to time after surgery.
    Any spinal surgery, major or minimally invasive takes time to heal.
    I put together a thread that deals with spinal surgery recovery and the major topic is Patience

    So many times, people feel better after surgery and begin to think that they are in the clear. The go back to work, and start to re-start the things they did prior to surgery. Thats probably the first step in going backwards!

    Once you have spinal surgery, you need to understand that it will take time to recover. There are multiple phases of recovery. But even after you are all done with that, you really aren't That does not mean everything stops, what it means is that you have to always be aware that you had spinal surgery. Taking that into consideration, you will learn how to modify the things you did in the past.

    We have a good number of police officers who had surgery and returned to duty after the appropriate time. The ones that did the best where the ones that remembered that they dis have surgery, the ones that had problems and some even going back for more surgery are the ones that ignored the past, didnt pay attention to the limitations and restrictions that were outlined by their doctor.

    Continuing to do the same work is so very real. Just take Peyton Manning as an example. He had cervical surgery and was basically told to hang up the spikes. He wouldn't, he did something he loved, something that gave him passion, so he returned to work. I think the same for police officers. They have to have a good amount of passion to be in the line of work they are. Both the physical and emotional risks and toll your line of work has would require someone who loved what they do.

    So, please I am sure you want to continue with the force helping others. But before you help others, help yourself first.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Thank you, I just got off the phone with my doctor and he is scheduling another MRI this week. I agree with you I need to take care of myself before I can help others. I finally get it! Thanks
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