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2013 Bulging Disc, Symptoms Returning

nitto85nnitto85 Posts: 3
edited 04/07/2015 - 7:54 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hello, I injured my lower back in July 2013, initially diagnosed as a strain. I went through weeks of PT and did not get any better so I pleaded with the Dr to do a MRI, the MRI showed that it was a bulging disc. I was experiencing lower back pain, pain down my left leg, and numbness in my left foot.

I saw a orthopedic surgeon, over the course of I want to say around 3 or 4 months, I had 2 separate corticosteroid injection procedures. The first one did nothing, but the second one around February 2014 did help a lot. A couple weeks later I go in for my final followup, and the Dr told me I was as good as I was going to get. I was then sent around April 2014 for a Functional Capacity Evaluation, to where it was determined that I had a maximum lifting capacity of 70lbs, and I have lived my life around this ever since.

Here lately though, some of my symptoms have been returning and I'm wondering if I should be concerned. One in particular is the numbness in my left foot, pretty much exactly how it was before, my last three toes on the foot. Often is at the same time as lower back discomfort, and/or pain behind my calf. I've also noticed increase pain/weakness getting out of the driver seat of my car at times, if I stride too far while walking a "pulling" sensation in my left lower back, if I stand in one spot too long my lower back pain gets pretty bad, waking up after I have rolled over on my stomach causes lower back pain, also it seems sitting often gives me the feeling that the left side of my "rear end" is sitting on a rock.

I'm not sure what is triggering the numbness that comes and goes in my left foot, but I'm pretty confident that it is something to do with my back. And where I seem to be experiencing the most lower back pain, is if I stand in one spot too long, on a scale of 1-10 it probably reaches about a 7.

Should I be concerned? I'm not quite in the pain I was with the initial injury, which was truly horrible at times, but I definitely don't want to get back to that either.

Thank you for the help.


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