I am 24 years old , and am currently in constant pain, every day.
I had a decompression surgery on my left side (L5) in February ( first surgery ever, and on my birthday..). Recovery was a pain in the butt. About 4-6 weeks after surgery I thought I felt good enough to do yard work which ended with a weekend stay in the hospital. After that got cleared up I went back to work and I felt wonderful for about two months.
Then the pain started again but, on the opposite side. So, I went back to see my surgeon, and his PA gave me a once over and prescribed me steroids, they seemed to work (although they are terrible and dry my skin out so much my face felt severely wind burned or something). A few months later I was back in his office complaining again... Steroids again. They did nothing, this was about July or August. So I dealt with the pain for months, in the beginning its not terrible all the time so I could deal, I figured my doc wouldn't do anything until I had a "real" complaint. The pain continued to get worse and worse, I was limping around work every day, no one would let me do anything, and after I had finally had enough I called my surgeon, set an appointment, had a new MRI done, and was told everything looked fine, I didn't need any surgery and he could do nothing for me (that was like a slap in the face).
He then referred me to an Orthopedic place. I went there and met a doctor I LOVE, he saw me and told me I had a herniated disc on my right side (L5, same place as before just on the right). I could not believe it!! Why would my surgeon say I was fine, and he is telling me I'm not. He asked me about my day to day, and told me I could no longer work my job because, it was physically demanding, I was a front end manager at a major retailer. So, I was on my feet all day long, with really only a 30 min lunch. Constantly lifting and so on. That sucked!! I loved my job but, I couldn't work in my condition anyway. He said if I continued to work a job like that, my back would just get worse over time. Anyway, after all that talk he wanted me to try a steroid injection to see if that helped my pain, to prolong more surgery. So, we did.. It did nothing.
I went back to the Ortho, This time to see a surgeon, My new doc was convinced I needed surgery. So, I saw this guy, DID NOT LIKE him at all. Rude, it really seemed like he didn't believe me, which makes me feel awful, who would make this crap up???!!!. Anyway, he looked at my MRI and said I have a bulging disc, compression further up my spine and severe inflammation in my SI joint. HOLY COW. So, he said he felt I had multiple sources of pain, which is why I was experiencing so much. So he wanted to do another injection but specifically for the SI joint ( I'm sure y'all know what 'SI' is, I cant spell it and my paperwork is far away...). I did it. My back felt a little better, but my right leg was still bothering me.
I had started a new job, and was only able to make one day because, the pain was so bad. I emailed my favorite Ortho Doc, and got no response so a few days later I called the after hours number for the office and got into touch with him. Told him I was still experiencing a lot of pain in my right leg from my knee down. It feels asleep, all tingling but, its not asleep. It cramps up and spasms a lot. Its hard to walk, I am always limping. My back pain is steady and just deep, I can feel through my butt and moving down my leg. Also, I can take my hand, place it on my back, and I can feel something in my lower back, its tender and it feels swollen. After, I told him all this he said he really believes I need surgery and is going to set me up an appointment at EDIT! That freaked me out but, he really seemed concerned and I think he really wants to help me.
Sorry, for this long post but, I'm just concerned if anyone else has gone through stuff like this??
I'm super concerned and can never sleep so I've been researching a lot and finally decided to give this a try.
Thanks in advance for any info you have
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