Hi! Hello! First time poster here. I'm 26 I used to be very active in competitive sports, I definitely haven't turned into a couch potato. I am still active moderately.
My story begins on May 25th of this year. I woke up to some bad butt pain. About a month later I was playing softball(still have right side butt pain going down my leg to my calf) and I injured my back. Causing the pain to extend up to my lower back and all the way down to the tip of my big toe. I went and got an MRI (my chiropractor ordered me to do this because of how much pain I was in) which showed a 8.something mm herniation. I went to a neurosurgeon and he said although it is a significant size, that I should try conservative treatment. And I did. Around this time I also development issues with my BM. I couldn't "go" as easily, frequently, the size changed.
So I tried physical therapy for a month and a half - they had me doing traction table, soft tissue stuff, that electro therapy tingly thing, ice, heat, and simple work outs. The only thing that happened was the pain went from one side to the other and then slowly migrated back to the original side.
Okay so let's faster ward to the important stuff.
After hurting myself even worse about a month ago, I changed a lot of things drastically. I feel about 75% better. However I already had an MRI scheduled and I wanted to still go get that done and low and behold it showed that my herniation is even bigger. So much bigger that my radiologist called my neurosurgeon concerned. So the next day after MRI (I atill feel 75% better btw) I stroll into my neuro office and he is like ready to schedule surgery. He has my MRI pulled up, expecting me to be in all this pain. And I mean I still have pain, but I thought I felt pretty dang fantastic!
He's really worried. He's never seen a herniation this big without having to do surgery. Now I'm worried.
Have you had experience with your herniation getting worse but you feel less pain?? What's happening? he told me to call him the second (if it happens) that I lose control over my bowels or bladder. He is worried about my lack of BMs though too.
A large herniation can cause a condition called Cauda Equina syndrome, which is a surgical emergency. With you already having issues prior to this enlarged herniation, any worsening of it can be onset of CES and it is important that if you can't tell you need to go, can't go , or can't control holding it to get to a bathroom that you let him know of ANY changes. http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/lower-back-pain/cauda-equina-syndrome
Yes, it is entirely possible not to feel pain, even though the herniation has worsened, since the nerves in the canal can be completely occluded......not having pain can be as bad a sign as increased pain.