I havent seen much on this topic so I decided to share my story. I delivered my first child at 35 years old via c section on 4/18/14. I had sciatica during much of my pregnancy (this is typical) But a few months after I had my baby I decided to see a pain management doctor for my worsening sciatica. I was exclusively breastfeeding at the time and the sciatica was driving me crazy and seemed to be getting worse. Pain management suspected a disc herniation and after my MRI an 11mm disc herniation of the L5/S1 was confirmed. I was given 3 ESI over the course of 6 months or so but each time the pain relief was just temporary lasting only about 2 weeks. I managed the pain with ibuprofen and the occasional Norco. Through my research I decided that Norco is safe during breastfeeding as long as the dose remains relatively low. I returned to work 4 months after having the baby but I drive long distances and sometimes had difficulty getting out of the car. I think my case was unique because I had little pain as long as I was up moving around, but driving, sitting and sleeping were painful. I share this because after exhausting all conservative treatment (pilates, pt, esi, core strengthening, acupuncture, traction, inversion table etc). 6 months or so after my diagnosis I had an appointment with a neurosurgeon who believed I would heal with time and advised against surgery but asked me to come back if my condition worsened or didn't improve. Fast forward to a year after my diagnosis my pain transformed to muscle stiffness along the entire right side of my body (at all times) and the sciatica remained. After a repeat MRI the herniation was now 6mm but crowding the nerve more. I want more children and the neurosurgeon advised to take care of this before getting pregnant and that if all goes well I can conceive as early as 3 months post op. My surgery is one week away and I will continue to post my recovery and what its like to take care of a 14 month old post op. I have made arrangements to never be alone with her for 8 weeks post op so I am less tempted to pick her up. Please pray for me and message me if you have any questions.
Also if someone has experience caring for a young child after back surgery, could they please give me some advice? My daughter is so
attached to me and I am nervous about how I will continue to be a good mommy while recovering.********************************************************************************************************* Welcome to Spine-Health
It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,
Here are some questions that you should answer:
- When did this first start?
- Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
- What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)
- What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
- What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)
- What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
- Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)
- Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
- What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?
Providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
of your situation and make it easier to respond.
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Please remember that no one at Spine-Health is a formally trained medical professional.
Everything that is posted here is based on personal experiences and perhaps additional research.
As such, no member is permitted to provide
- Analysis or interpretation of any diagnostic test (ie MRI, CTscan, Xray, etc)
- Medical advice of any kind
- Recommendations in terms of Medications, Treatments, Exercises, etc
What could be good for someone could spell disaster for another.
You should also consult your doctor to better understand your condition and the do’s and don’t’s.
It is very important that new members (or even seasoned members) provide others with details about their condition(s). It is virtually impossible to help another member when all the details we have areI’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?
Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways its like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then its up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.Specific comments :Personal Opinion, not medical advice :
--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 06/18/15 19:24 est