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*Newbie* Back/Leg pain

SeahorseSSeahorse Posts: 1
edited 06/02/2015 - 2:41 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hello. I've been sifting through this site for months now, just reading and never thought I'd actually be here. I thought my problems would be "fixed" by now and I'd be on with my life. Anyways....

I've had back pain and stiffness as long as I can remember. I'm 29 yrs old. I used to ride horses everyday, jumping and training for about 5 years. I was thrown off more times than I can count. The only injury I went to the ER for was a hip injury. I still have pain there but it is not something that interferes with my daily life. I had my first child in November, Had 2 epidurals bc the first one didn't work on the right side. Had some back pain but nothing too bad, plus I had just carried and given birth to a big baby, I expected the pain to subside.

Then in January I fell down a flight of stairs and landed directly onto my spine. It hurt but I jumped up and carried on. After that the pain continued until it was hard to ignore on a regular basis.

In March I began looking for a Chiro ( with my previous back problems, chiro+massage did the trick). He sent me for an X ray which sent me to a Dr for a referral to a back specialist. The dr (nurse practioner) wrote me tramadol ( I needed muscle relaxers as well but i am nursing an infant therefore limited in what I can take). She sent me for an MRI which showed 3 bulging discs, ddd, bi-lateral pars defect in vertebra and a herniated disc protruding towards the left. All my pain has been in my lower back, on the right side and into my right leg.

She sent me to physiotherapy. My pain had been increasing.Fast forward to This weekend -my painhad became absolutely unbearable.on Saturday I could not even dress/undress myself. Went to the ER they prescribed Norco. It took the edge off but wasn't the help I expected. Sunday my pain was still uncontrollable and then my right leg went numb from the knee down. I could not walk, my husband had to help me with the stairs. Another trip to the ER, this time was given a scrip for Prednisone and a dose of percocet while I was there. The percocet did nothing but make my head feel buzzy for about 30 minutes. I took the prednisone that night, they next day was incredible relief! Until about 10 am. Now I'm back with unbearable pain, cant take care of my baby, can only sit here and be miserable. The pain is now spreading to the left side of my back after only being on the right for several months. I see the Neurosurgeon on Weds. I may have to wean my infant depending on courses of treatment. I dont know what to expect when I meet him. At this point I'm ready to throw myself on the operating table Weds am if it means I will get my life back. Any thoughts?


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    edited 06/02/2015 - 2:43 AM
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    So sorry for all you are going through.
    Wow__falling down flight of stairs scariest if that was only thing you had to endure!

    Was the fall due to like passing out , even for short time? Or did your legs become weak and give out on you?

    Sometimes we think we fall and cause injury.
    Sometimes it is injury that causes us to fall and leads to discovering the injury.

    You sound very aware, but wanted to remind you of telling anyone and everyone who is prescribing you meds about nursing your baby.
    Congrats on the new baby, by the way! :)
    As a double check, when picking up the med, I would ask pharmacist, also.
    Keeping a little history, like having a list of meds you were or are on , would be good to show all prescribers.
    With time, it becomes difficult to remember dates of care, meds and dosages given, like that.

    Please know, there is no reason for me or anyone to think you are anything but a very good mom!
    These are just reminders I would tell any of my friends, as encouragement since so very much is happening in your life.

    It is so great you are seeing neurosurgeon so soon. He would be best for any questions. As you look around this site, and any of SH videos __they are so informative__ it may bring questions to your mind for doctor.

    When talking with doctor, symptoms of how you are feeling are important, too.

    Please let us know neurosurgeon's plan of treatment for you and how you are doing.
    I wish you the very best!

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