Hi there everyone! I'm stuck lying on my back, but I have a laptop, so I'm sure you can imagine I've been googling the crap out of disc pain management.
I wanted to ask for anyone else's opinions because in all my research, I can't really find anyone's stories that are comparable to mine.
When I was 17, I blew a disc so bad my right leg stopped working, and after lots of useless treatments like epidural shots and PT, (and people who told me, a rock climbing instructor, that I wasn't working out enough), we found a surgeon who got me an MRI, and said I needed surgery or I was never going to get back to normal. So at the age of 17, I had a discectomy in my senior year of High School.
Fast forward, because that worked like a charm. I felt awesome! I got married, and throughout 3 pregnancies had some back pain, but it was manageable. No biggie. I expected it.
Then last year, at the age of 23, I blew another disc. When I say "blow" I mean like spurting out uncontrollably. I can handle pain really well (natural births like a champ), but if a disc starts spewing its crud all over my nerves, that's it for me. I suddenly couldn't stand or walk. I had to lay on the floor of doctor's offices because I couldn't sit even that long. Some doctors tried to tell me I needed PT, but I knew better. I knew what it was and how to fix it, so we expidited an MRI, and a few days later had a discectomy on that disc.
So L4 went out, then L5, and he told me on the MRI he saw the one above it (can't remember the name) bulging, but not too bad yet.
In my head I was like, "Okay, so ticking time bomb. Great."
I'm almost a year post discectomy, and I while getting my kids out of car seats, my back siezed up and that was curtains for me. I'm stuck on my back again, but this time it's not AS bad. I can walk. I can sit for short periods of time. But even on hydrocodone and steroids that I'm using right now, I have constant pain, and no position alleviates it.
What on earth do I do? Should I get another discectomy? Because it's not so bad this time, should I do PT?
I know, I know, talk to my doctor. We actually have to wait 2 months to see a doctor because I am out of state for my insurance, and we won't be back in state until late July. Anything out of state would cost too much, so for now I need to just deal with it.
Once I'm in PA, do I ask for an MRI? PT? Drugs? I don't know where to go from here. I'm young and healty. BMI in target range. I do slow, healing yoga every day. I drink green smoothies and lots of water. What more can I do?
24, mother of 3, two discectomies at ages 17 and 23.
Currently battling more disc pain.