I have a hard time making a long story short. I'm going to try to not dry your eyes out reading this. I am writing this because I feel as if I am at my wits' end. I have been dealing with back/leg issues since about July of 2014. After a few days of working, I had a nice triple threat of stomach issues, bladder issues and tingling in the right leg/foot that lead to one diagnosis, some medicine and two trips to the Emergency Room in a week's time. Since then I feel as if I have either confused each and every single health professional I have talked to or have been jerked around and all-the-while, my body isn't right and I'm the one who has to suffer through it.
So, in July I had begun noticing some pain in my lower back that would, on occasion shoot upward when working (at the time I was working at a retail food outlet and did a lot of truck unloading) and buzzing feeling in the right leg and calf. Over time I developed tightness in the knee and the back of my thigh and over time I had begun noticing pain in the left hip down to the thigh. My primary care physician, a Physician Assistant originally ordered an x-ray of the lower back, which he said came back fine. Disc spaces were "well preserved", according to him and he prescribed physical therapy. And so I did that -- for three months. And the pain in my left side had gone away but the tingling and sensation of loss of feeling at times did not. After therapy ended, I went for a follow-up appointment and I was a little tense in the shin and calf, which lead to an ultrasound for blood clots. That, too came back negative. The next step was an x-ray of the right knee to rule out any structural issues within the knee. That came back fine.
The next step was to order an EMG and Nerve Conduction Study, primarily on the right leg to see just what, if any nerve issues may be present. I had that done today. Now, in the past couple of weeks I had started to notice that when I would lay down on my back or on my left side, my left thigh would go numb from the hip to just above the knee and it would spread over to midway across the quad. As soon as I would stand up, the numbess would subside. On top of this, I have been getting numbness in my left shoulder blade, or just underneath that when standing and walking.
Today, the nerve study came back "fine". The gentleman who conducted the test said there was no signs of a pinched nerve in the lower back or any muscular or nervous issue. The frustration of that alone was enough to make me want to break down but that would be reserved for later today as, for the first time, my left foot has begun to tingle almost more than the right has the entire time. And the left leg just feels pretty weak right now. One thing I have had going for me with this is that every time things seem to get pretty rough, they're usually washed away with a good night's sleep so I am truly hoping that some ibuprofen and a nice sleep will fix things but just knowing that I had that done, and this has happened -- not even twelve hours later is like; "Why"?
Making matters worse, I was discussing things with my mother tonight and my father immediately said "It's you sciatic nerve.". It may be, it may not be, I don't know -- I can't get to the point where we can even get a diagnosis. His next response was "There are some people who have pain and aches and have to live with it.". So, I'm not exactly getting a ton of support from family on this one, either.
The mental toll this is taking is considerable. I'm starting to wonder if I'm going to spend the next 30-50 years of my life compensating for something I did, not knowing what I did or how or why.
Thanks for reading.