Hi my name is Julie and I am a pain sufferer..... (that was a small joke) and you are suppose to be laughing a little.
Seriously I am currently waiting for my creepy insurance company to call me any minute (they work in weeks though) and give me the approval for my L4-S1 PLIF that was scheduled for this last Monday 6/23......
I recently found out that I have a pretty serious case of Retrolisthesis on L5/S1- it looks as if it could litterally fall of in my flexion/extension xray. On top of that I have spondylolisthesis on L4/L5 (not as bad as the retro).
I have a few bulging and or herniated disc L3, L4, & L5. I also have what appears to be a compression fracture on L1. My NS didn't think we needed to worry about that since it is not causing me any discomfort.
I have been dealing with LBP about 10 years or so. The last 2.5 being fairly consistant. I hurt my self in January 2007 using/abusing an abdominal weight machine. I didn't hurt until the next day and it was bad. I had intense sciatica for 3-4 months and I was medicated with Skelaxin and Relefen. I was also getting MT and Chiro adjustments. I started feeling somewhat better and continued on my merry way. With hard flare ups every week or so. Then in November of 2007 I decided to set up the x-mas tree and moved/pushed my sofa out of the way and then I was messed up bad again.
After a few weeks of denial I saw my PC and asked for pain meds and an MRI. By that time I was getting intermitten numbness and tingling, sharp shooting pain and constant aches down both legs, hips, knees, feet. toes etc.
The MRI showed the herniations and I was sent to another doctor for what I thought was a microdiscectomy- he did the selective nerve root injection under anestesia on 3 occasions. After that he was sure I was fine and sent me to PT.... The injections worked a little but didn't kill all of my pain. PT was not great. I was hurting terribly after each session. I went back to my PCP and asked for an antidepressant and a referral to someone else.
She sent my mri report to my current NS. I dropped of my films and waited for weeks for a call. Finally after like 7 weeks I got an appt. He looked at my films and said the discs aren't that bad. He sent me for a new MRI and the flexion/extension xrays and now I am waiting for surgery....
The NS is great. I like him alot. I hope my surgery happens pretty soon though. :jawdrop: I am taking 3-4 vicaden a day now. My pain is usually about 7 with out the meds and spike a few times a day. With the meds I am around 4-5.
I have a good husband and a great daughter. She is very helpful and supportive. Hubby has been a pain lately.
I am ready to get my life back and get on with things.