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Long story as short as pos4sible, I went to PT for persistent back pain. They thought either a disc or SI joint rotation. They did a joint rotation and caused me the worst pain ever in my back and within hours I had pain shooting from my back across the butt into my legs. I had an MRI that showed a herniated disc. Within a week I developed problems holding my bowel & bladder movements. Epidural steriod shot did nothing. Ortho doctor wants to refer me back to PT. I chose to see a neuro PA who said options for treatment are anti-seizure medicines, Lyrics & muscle relaxers. I'm in my 30's, have horrible leg pain, numbness & tingling in the soles of both feet & can't be secure on whether I'll stay clean & dry all day. And the doctors just want to push pills. What do I do?
Teresa J


  • Sounds like you need a surgical consult. Tingling, numbness and bladder/bowel issues are all indicative of nerve impingement. Did your MRI show that? I'd do some research and go see a neurosurgeon for a consult. Be prepared for what he/she says - surgery may be your only option to restore some of the nerve function. Definitely do a consult sooner rather than later.
    2015: Thoracic protrusions C7-T1, T3-4, T6-8
    Dec'13: 360FusionL4-S1 w/bone graft
    2013: 3x2-level disc injections: 12mo surgery postponement
    Dec'12: DiscogramL4-S1
    Sep/Oct'12: Bi-lateral Rhizo AblationsL4- S1
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