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Herniated Disc with different symptoms.

Vanwinkle25VVanwinkle25 Posts: 4
edited 04/10/2015 - 4:28 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hello, so I'm new to this. I'm currently 26 and was diagnosed with a herniated L4/L5 S1. I reaching out due to the amount of pain I have been in. I've been doing a lot of research and I can't match up with anyone who has had my symptoms. I'll try to describe them as simple as possible. Minimal or no back pain itself. Pain at 10 in the upper region of the buttock with shooting pain and weakness running through the leg down to the toes. This is on the right side of my leg. It's been a little over 2 weeks I haven't been able to walk/sleep and I've started losing my appetite. I've had 2 MRI's the past month and received 3 sets of injections which have not done a thing. I can only lay on my stomach and that still causes pain. I'm unable to lay on my back. When I try, that causes a great deal of pain in the buttock/hip region. Im being told it's an irritated nerve, but most cases on here, people are able to walk, stretch and sleep with an "irritated nerve" I cant do any! If anyone has any suggestions or the same symptoms it would be appreciated to to hear. I think something just isn't right in my hip area. God bless everyone -Will
William Vanwinkle


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  • that sounds rough dude. what kind of docs have you seen? what has your mri said? if i were you, id get the report yourself, and read it.
  • MRI shows the herniation of the L4/L5 s1 compressed nerve. Currently seeing a non surgical back specialist and a pain specialist. They are trying to help me in everway. But I can seem to find what the source of pain is. I think it's more than just a pinched nerve. But I have no clue. Lots of pain and have lost strength in right leg.
    William Vanwinkle
  • im not a dr, but l5 s1 herniation often causes pain from but down the leg. it is caused sciatica.
  • I have the same L4-5/S1 problem with sciatica. The thing that helped me the most with nerve pain was neurontin. Some people like Lyrica, but I had allergies from it.

    You start at 300mg, and each day add 300mg until you are better. I stopped at 1800mg. I also take an NSAID named mobic 15mg.

    I went from an 8-9 to a 2 with this regime.

    None of thee
    DDD, bulge at C3-C7, L1-S1, hernia T11-T12, L5-S1, piriformis syndrome
  • Hi Will. I can share my personal experience with you regarding l5s1 herniated disc. I understand the pain you are in as I experienced it myself and it was hell. One thing I have learned from this experience it's that pain can always get worst. I resisted and hoped it would get better. I was wrong. Every time I thought that's the max pain I could feel there was always the day following that brought even more pain to the point I couldnt get up of bed anymore. I was paralysed by pain. The moment I tried to get up I would fall on the bed feeling my leg bones and hips breaking in the process. That pain lasted for 4 weeks while I was waiting to be called by my NS for surgery.
    You might think I am exaggerating but I tell you this, I did not sleep for more than 2 or 3 hours a night during those 4 weeks and lost nearly 30 pounds of weight even though I was eating a lot due to the two cortisone and two toradol intra muscular shots I was getting each day. I ate in bed as I couldn't get up. I peed in a bottle and would only get up to go to the loo for number two an hour after getting my shots done. That would give me a window of oportunity of about two minutes with bearable pain... just enough to do my business. I was yellow like a freakin banana and week like hell after those 4 weeks. Bare in mind that I was pretty serious about bodybuilding before my back problems began and I was in top shape. I now look like a skinny kid the ones that go on the skateboard haha but at least I sleep at night man. I am grateful to my NS and to God for this.
    The point in this buddy is that it can always get worst and in most of our cases it will. The question is how much are we willing to take.
    Take care pal. I hope you can avoid surgery and get better without it.
  • Hey man, just wanted to thank you for sharing your story with me. I can't relate to this and currently going through it. I as well am losing weight. I started out about 3 weeks ago around 225, now weight around 208. I don't have an appitite maybe due to the painkillers I'm taking. That kinda scares me. But I how did you get better? Did you get surgery? If so, what did you get done? Thanks again. -Will
    William Vanwinkle
  • edited 04/19/2015 - 8:13 PM
    Hey Van Im 26 as well and have posterior (back) left disc bulge. When I found this out on MRI. First thing I did was use ice and heat. We are at a young age where the jelly filling in middle.of our discs are ayvits fatest so that why when we herniate or bulge it can really irritate the nerves. For pain I havent taken any NSAIDS. Although they bring temporary relief its synthetic and our bodies are not synthetic. In the long run pills will damage liver and whenever the liver os compromised collagen is forces to breakdown and rot out. So for pain Gabatol(natural stress reliever and also helps with nerve pain) I take this and its xxxxx amaaazing! Drs prescribe gabapentin to diatbetics because of nerve pain or damage but ots sythetic, Gabatr used natural ingredients, Its worth it. Okay next thing, drink lots of water AVOID breads sugats cheese anything that constipates aggrivates remember! Whrn you get really intense pain thats usually when youre probably going to have a bowel movement. Bearing down stresses the disc so you want to avoid extra pressure. Eat fiber foods and fruits that relieve constipation. Omega three oils help lubricate intestines joints colon etc. It is also number one antiflammatory. Get your muscles evaluated as well. Psoas muscle straps itself around lumbar vertebrae in the back to the thigh up front. If this muscle is shortened because of sitting lots of driving injury is very likely. So medicinal massage and stretching is good along with chiropractic that involves Cox technic flexion distraction. Bone broth soup encouraged collagen repair as well. I have more info just pm me. 1.)posture2.) massage and physio3.) skeletal manip and flexion to open discs so they can heal4.) nutritional supp for nerve pain and inflammation(infammation is what causes pain). And yeah I lostots of weight 110 im a female, dropping 40 lbs helped me relieve lots of pain.
  • Will you can read my story on my thread 'my journey'
    All info is there.
  • I am actually getting my Surgery, tomorrow morning! Wish me luck! I'm glad you have found positive in this negative situation. I hope to have near as much relief as you have . I feeling like my right hip is broken. And the pain running down my leg is almost unbearable. I know this recovery won't be an easy one. I just hope to be able to walk again. That's my ultimate goal! I'll try to start a blog and update my status. I'm hoping I can find some relief. I can only put this in God s hands and only time will tell! God bless you all! -Will
    William Vanwinkle
  • Oh pal don't worry you will do wonderful. Go in with a positive attitude. I know the pain you are in I had that for a good while.
    You will walk again and you will do more than walking I assure you. Last week I already painted the porch and the gates to my house.

    It is all slowly coming together. You can expect sudden relief after surgery but not necessarily. My relief after surgery was for not even a day but then gradually I started feeling better.
    I had bad days, worse and then a good day. And then two good days and one bad. Then it was two weeks bad days and then slowly getting better :).

    So my point is it will probably be a roller coaster, but once will stop and you'll get off it you will be a happy man. Take care and best of luck tomorrow. Keep us posted!
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