I have been lurking for a little while and have finally joined for some ideas/comradeship/support/understanding and just to chat to other people who get it.
I am 29, female, work in the mining industry operating heavy machinery for a living (very rough job with constant vibrations). From about July I started suffering from medium intensity lumbar pain. Doctor thought bulging disks I had about 8 weeks off work where I saw the Physio and just had anti inflammatory and pain relief from the doctor. I improved and went back to work for two swings (week on week off each set of being classed as a swing) doing my normal duties but with employer support to stop operating if I needed a break until I was better . Second last night on my second swing back I parked up my machine early in the night unusually sore. As the night went on in sick back I could feel it getting worse. It was like a hot melting feeling. I couldn't work the next shift and stayed on the floor of my donga. I could not move the next day 9/10 pain. That was in September, I have been off work since then and it has improved but I can still only walk about 600m max before I have to lay down and I can only sit down for about 2 Min before I am in agony.
An MRI has identified 3 herniated disks, L3/4, L4/5 and L5/S1. L3/4 does not appear to be causing any trouble.L4/5 is impinging in the L5 nerve root so will be causing some of my sciatic symptoms and L5/S1 is constricting ThenS1 left and right nerve roots, luckily for me I only have left side symptoms not both.
I flew to the city this week (flying REALLY sucks) to see a neurosurgeon. I have been booked in for a microdiscectomy for December. He has told me it should relieve a lot of my pain but not all. He said to expect pain and numbness to continue and that I will probably has back problems for life. He also said to quit my job
Got all the usual symptoms left side only , Back pain, sciatic pain, pins and needles in calf and foot, numbness in outside of foot, toes, bottom of calf. Some left sided weakness as well. On top of all of that a major needle/ getting cut open phobia, basically surgery is my biggest nightmare.
All in all I know it could be worse but it is still nice to be able to read other stories so I know I am not alone