I am a retired chiropractor of 27 years of practice. Unfortunately my profession got me. In 1998 I herniated my lower 3 disc in of the lumbar spine. I was out of my office 3 months that year. I have had 3 wonderful specialist in the Louisville area that helped me continue to practice by providing 2 series of spinal injections, 98 and again in 2000, along with pain meds and told to keep getting my low back manipulated. But by 2001, I was having to lie down in my private office an hour in the morning and then again in the afternoon, along with taking 6 hydrocodiene pills a day. My patients were getting well, but I was suffering. The practice was sold early 2002, and I had back surgery in March of that year. The surgery has stabilized the low back by the use of rods and the severe pain in that area is gone, but the damage to the nerve roots has left me with this darn bilateral lower extremity neuropathy and right foot drop.
I have enjoyed reading this forum to at least know I am not alone dealing with these issues. I wish none of us had to deal with the issues we are, but I guess like they say, it could always be worse. My legs drive me nuts some times, but at least I have them and can walk!