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Really worried

Jim2345JJim2345 Posts: 4
Hi. Back in late May/early June I started to feel a slight strain in my left butt area while in my work vehicle. I don't know why it started, I assume because the seat was kind of uncomfortable so I usually kept my left leg up(knee higher than right) while I drove and waited between jobs. It slowly got worse then started tingling and shooting pain VERY BAD into my hamstring area! Then it made its way to my calf. Then the pain was so bad to the point I had to get out of the work vehicle and walk it off, but only after I standing a few minutes because it hurt so bad I didn't want to walk! I never really had a problem in other vechiles mine or my wife's. Until it got so bad I can't sit any where! I have never had back problems before or any problems with my leg either. My back was a lil sore before this but didn't hurt. I didn't even know what Sciatica was until I told my friend about what was going on with my leg when the tingles and shooting pain started. I continued to work for another week like this before I told my boss I was hurting(when it became painful to walk too). I figured it would go away, because some days I didn't really feel it to bad, then the next day, I would be like wow ouch pain level 7 to 9! why?!!? It got the point where I told my boss I am done. I hurt so bad I can't think straight or function limping on one leg and when I drive I didn't feel safe because I was focused on the BAD pain! It hurt when I cough(in my butt and leg), it hurt going #2 and sneeze. A friend recommended I go see a massage therapist, the guy worked on me for 2 sessions a hour each hard painful massages, he said I had it so bad it may take 4 or 6 sessions to aleeve the nerve. And said to ice it for 15mins or every hour or two, which I still do, but seems pointless. I tired Icy Hot cream once, idk if I felt a difference. I was talking ibuprofen thinking it would help too. Each time I left from the massage I felt a lil better, until I would make it 5 mins down the road, it I would begin tingling/hurting again! He suggest I go see his chiropractor(I'd never been to one before). So I did. She looked me over, and thinks I have a herniated/bulging disk and to go to my DR. and get a MRI. My mom suggest taking Aleeve instead of ibuprofen as well. I stopped working and have been laying down all day. So I made an appointment with my doctor. After I told him all this above. He told me I have Sciatica(he gets it too) and would prescribe PT with norcos for pain and sleep and steroid pills to help stop inflammation. But he suggested since this happened at work I go thru workers comp and that Dr will prescribe the same thing.

During one of the few days at work, I noticed my seat was lopsided on the left, my doctor and chiropractor and few others asked me if I drove with my wallet in my pocket. I never do.

Well I go to that Dr and he prescribes me 6 sessions of PT, norcos and naproxen which is basically Aleeve! I told him I had been taking Aleeve for 2 weeks with no results. I told him what Chiropractor said about a MRI. But said need to be approved by Works Comp company, and in the notes being sent to the company he requested the MRI. And I was to come back in in two weeks. My PT put me in traction and electrodes on my back and showed me stretches to do at home. I also got a inversion table and get on it once a day or so for a few mins. My work status is I cannot drive or lift anything over 5#s. So I cant work, so I have been laying down all day for 2 weeks! It's been a VERY LONG TWO WEEKS! Earlier this week, I decided to email my work comp doctor and tell him what my regular doctor was going to do, he had me come back in and we would try that. Then when I get there, he said wont do anything until I have an MRI and asked if I had heard from WC company about it. I said no. Anyways to shorten my long story, he didn't fill out the state law request form to get me a MRI!? But my nurse who works for the WC company pushed it thru herself, thank goodness!! So finally Monday I might finally know what is wrong! As long as I am laying around I don't have much pain, but it is a bit uncomfortable with it. My leg sometimes tingles when I get up and it hurts a lil bit when walking. When I lay back down it hurts for a lil bit and the pain eases, but never feels perfectly fine. The pain isn't so bad now if I sneeze, cough or #2. My left calf is partially numb as well is the mid section of my felt foot. My lower back is kind of feeling a lil bite of sore and sometimes pops when I move, but idk if it is because I have been laying around so much. I do feel better than when I was working but i'm not sitting or moving a lot. I hate laying around, I'm usually out and about during weekends, this has been HELL to me!!!! I'm 36 in good shape outdoorsman athletic person! I hate feeling I'm 80 and un-functional, I didn't think I could get that old so fast within a few weeks!. I want to go back to normal, work and live! :( I will post again when I get my MRI results. I hope its only a muscular problem! I don't really like my WC doctor, he kind of prolonged this an extra week by not doing paper work correctly! I am going to ask if I can see a specialist for my issues.


  • Thank you for sharing. My husband suffers from piriformis muscle problems & that feels exactly like sciatica. It's a diagnosis of exclusion. I'm glad you're finally getting an MRI to find out what's going on in there! Good luck. ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • MRI Impression: L5-S1 7 mm disk protrusion eccentric toward the left and extending into the proximal aspect of the left L5 nerve root foramen. The protruding disk encroaches on the descending left S1 nerve root but does not appear to encroach on the exiting left L5 nerve root.

    The doctor is sending me to talk to a back surgeon. When I asked what is likely to happen to me, He says that doc will either give an injection(as it heals on its own) or have non-invasive surgery to remove the herniated material. I hope to see the Back Surgeon asap and get the ball rolling on this! Most I have talked to said getting a MRI was the biggest hurtle. Is this is why none of the stretching exercises for sciatica have been doing nothing but hurting my knee? What do any of you suggest? How bad is this?
    edited 07/15/2014 - 8:51 PM
    MRI reports alone do not provide a diagnosis. I went through something similar, although a slightly different path. My health plan assigned me a health care coach, a nurse over the phone. The nurse suggested I go to a rheumatologist. I did that for awhile and continued to have sciatic pain and other issues some in common with what you are going through. The rheumatologist sent me to an orthopedic doctor. I did not do that right away but later went to one that specialized in spines. The ortho doctor sent me to pain management. I did that for about a year. I had injections, radio afflectemies, and other procedures that essentially going to an out-patient facility and having some sort of needle or electrode stuck inside of my back. They somewhat worked for me although not completely.

    Later I started having issues with my legs getting significantly weaker. The pain doctor sent me back to the ortho doctor. The ortho doctor mapped my symptoms and his physical examination to the results in my MRI. It was clear that things were putting the squeeze on my nerves in my lower back from multiple locations. The result is that I had a decompression laminectomy surgery from L2-L5.

    When I woke up from surgery, the sciatica and related issues were gone. I had pain from the surgery but mostly felt much better. My procedure was a low rick procedure. Today, 7 months post-op and continue to do much better than before. I still have some leg weakness and other issues but overall am much better. I just hope I had the surgery in time to prevent permanent nerve damage. Nerves can take awhile to heal, so the jury is still out on that.

    I hope you get your problem fixed and you can return to work and your life. I have a desk job so returning to work was easy for me. It sounds like you have a more physical job. I hope things work out well for you.
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