In 2013, after my back "went out" my pcm had an MRI done, they diagnosed me with DDD, and after sending me to a neurologist, who said I had an Extruding L5/S1. He said that with right meds and treatment I could "manage it". So he put me on a muscle relaxer called rhobaxin & tremodal. It helped with the pain for the most part, though I did have about 3/4 episodes with my back going completely out. I still experience pain & intermittent numbness in my left leg with rare tingling in my left foot.
Fast forward to 2015 (Different state, better medical facilities n aamazing doctors.)
I've had PT, and now I'm being seen by a PM doctor who has given me 2 ESI ttreatment back in September & October 2014, which after the 2nd I went from 25% to 75%, I could even work out more. I knew it was time for another injection because my back went from 75% down to 40% within a month. I was trying to hold out until after the PRT because I have to weigh in but didn't want to chance weight gain. After the 2nd ESI shot my weight fluctuated even though the doctor said "most likely it wouldn't."
May 20th my back went completely out, and doc reviewed my history, increased my meds put me on bed rest for 4 days and said it might be time to look at surgery options. By Friday I thought I was feeling better. But Saturday I started having stabbing pains in the center of my back that caused pain to radiate down both my leggs, followed by intermittent numbness in both legs. I also felt like my muscles were being pulled when I tried to bend forward. I was in constant pain, even when I layed dowbn, sat up, stood up... nothing got rid of the pain. The cold n hot compresses and even my Tens Unit stopped working.
I finally went to the hospital Sunday. The doc had me to take 3 (20mg) prednisone steroid pills to help with inflammation, a pain med shot in my lower back and prescribed me 4 days of prednisone 3 (20mg) to be taken once a day. I was also prescribed 325mg Lortab to be taken every 4 to 6 hours. She diagnosed me with Sciatica and wants me to see a neurologist before returning to work, and get another ESI asap.
For once in my 10 yrs of service I'm finally blessed to have an amazing PCM! She actually listens to me and is trying to fix or make me as comfortable as possible. She even referred me to a plastic surgeon to see if a breast reduction would help with the pain. I guess it didn't, as I got a reduction in March, and I'm back at square one.
Even at this very moment my back feels like it wants to spasm when I'm up moving for more than 30 minutes so I've been laying down. I see my pcm again tomorrow. But now im confused, what does these injuries mean for me?
If non evasive methods aren't working and symptoms are getting worse what should I do & what doctor is best to speak to?