I recently discovered that the hip/butt pain I've been experiencing for the past year is from a herniated disc or discs. The pain started when I was about 3 months pregnant and felt almost like someone had punched me really hard on my left flank. My OB said the baby was probably pressing on a nerve and to basically grin and bear it until the birth.
It bothered me throughout my pregnancy, effectively stopping me from taking walks or ever being very comfortable. After my baby was about 3 months old I had finally had enough and went to a chiropractor. I thought maybe my hips were out of alignment. He thought it was sacroiliac joint dysfunction but after 5 weeks I felt slightly worse. Next to the PCP and physical therapy. Had xrays then a referral to orthopedist and an MRI.
MRI showed multiple herniations including a very large one at L4-L5. I scheduled an appt with a neurosurgeon but in the meantime, two weeks ago I woke up in terrible pain and unable to walk. I was taken to the ER and started on IV steroids and released the next day on an oral dose pack. For a few days I had enough relief to slightly hobble around and sleep. I met with a neuro surgeon and he was comfortable with pursuing a microdiscectomy since I had suffered for so long and suggested scheduling pre-op testing.
Fast forward a few more days and my pain is suddenly back with a vengeance and on my right side for the first time. Searing, excruciating pain down my right flank and numbness from knee down.
I had scheduled another neurosurgery appt for a second opinion and arrived there via wheelchair on Thursday hanging by a thread. The doc said I'm too young and healthy (36) for surgery and he just wanted to do the epidural steroid. His assistant later explained with the pain switching sides they couldn't be sure which disc to operate on anyway. They really didn't seem to care one bit about how much pain I was in and it wasn't until I burst into tears at their mention of scheduling the injection in two weeks that I ended up scheduled for Monday for the steroid.
I really am in hell pain-wise. I have a 6 month old baby that I can't take care of. My mom is missing work to do that. My husband actually bought me a walker today for getting to the bathroom but I'm still in tears every time. I am breastfeeding so I had only been taking 800mg Ibuprofen and the last two nights a Vicodin to sleep. I was told no more of either now before the injection. Not sure I'll make it without the ER again. I have cried in pain so much today.