Hi. My name is Trina. I am 35 y/o mother of twin boys(7) and daughter (13). I am absolutely freaking out about this medical stuff I have going on.
I’m not a sickly person. I am 5’7” and weigh 145 lbs. I used to work out 5 days a week up until about 9 months ago. I took another job where my hours changed to overnight. It threw my workout routine off in the beginning. I had to drive and hour and half each way, which was time consuming as well. I started having problems with my sciatic nerve. It would hurt after a day work. I stand at work, and was sitting in a car. It would come and go. I moved closer so it eliminated my driving time. The pain started to get worse. My lower back, my hips and the pain down my leg. I don’t know if it burns, stabs, or aches. It just hurts. In January, it started to get a lot worse. I was taking a lot of Advil! I finally broke down and told doctor. She sent me for an X-Ray. Results came back. Go see a specialist. Being new to the area, I picked first pain management doctor I could find. In the meantime, I ended up in ER with an Ulcer from overdosing on Advil and (hot peppers)! New pain doctor ordered MRI. He did 3 injections. They did no good. He finally gave me Vicodin for some pain relief but he never discussed with me what was wrong.
In the meantime of doing these injections a friend asked what did your MRI say? So I search through my paperwork and find it. WOW! I read and research them and decide I need to see more than a pain doctor. I make an appointment with another specialist. He recommends spinal fusion and decompression of L5-S1.
My diagnosis said: Spondylolisathesis. Spinal stenosis of lumbar. Lumbar radiculopathy and Thoracic lumbosacal neuritis. Some degeneration. My L5-S1 is slipped forward 5mm and moves when I do, back and forth.
I have an appointment with Doc next week to ask questions about this surgery he is recommending. Bottom line, it’s affecting my life. The pain is severe and I need to get it to stop one way or another. I am usually a happy, outgoing person. I am depressed. It’s affecting my job performance and my home-life because I am miserable. I don’t know if I am seeking advice or just someone to listen at this point. I’m just lost!