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ThancockTThancock Posts: 8
edited 06/25/2015 - 9:05 PM in New Member Introductions
Well Hello! So I am new (clearly) and have found your forum online. I read through all the rules and FAQ's and this is my deal:
36 y/o female, been dealing with low back pain and what I will call sciatica for three years this month. Initially my experience started with sharp pain in my back which eventually effected my everyday life in aspects of walking, sitting, standing, sleeping, you name it. I went in to see my primary care doctor and she put me on 800 mg ibuprofen every eight hours, flexeril - which I inky really used at night and norco. Which I took three times daily. After about a month and nothing getting better, I was referred to PT. My PT doc was very nice, went through some motions and he felt that I have a lumber herniated disc. I continued seeing him weekly for a couple of months. I learned excersises positions etc to help counter the pain as well as tens towards the end as well. About the third month, we were not having improvement and I was in fact having more pain down my leg and some foot pain. At this point I was referred to physical medicine. This dr was quite nice as well and finally ordered an MRI for me. The MRI came back and she said she did not see a herniation and performed other diagnostics on me and determined I was having problems with my sacroiliac joint. Next step, steroid injections in her office. Talk about OUCH! I almost pulled a full superman off her table! We let this go to see how to would help, and unfortunately there was very little relief. For the sake of time and space, the next 6 mos was off and on pain meds and two SI injections under fluoroscopy. I wish I can say these worked, but there was very little releif from the pain, so back on ibuprofen and norco. After some time past from the last injection, I ended up having a pretty bad flare up. I went back in to see the intervention anesthesiologist and he told me he thought I should consider ablation on the area, followed by, "if that doesn't work" we can look at the facet joints. Well, that didn't work for me. While I am open to trying things, I was not willing to ablate nerves to find out they were not the issue. So, head hangin I dealt with the pain for about a year now, taking meds (same ones) off and on as the pain flared and subsided. Fast forward to the last three weeks, and I had a sudden onset of numbness in my foot (left) that then turned into burning, itching, numbness, crawling and tingling. And then the usual horrid low back pain flare up. I gave it about a week before I freaked out and called for an appointment with physical medicine. My precious dr changed locations, so I requested a local dr. The soonest appt was july 2, but I called daily to take any cancellation. Luckily I got in Wednesday. I really like the new de and expresse everything that is going in, and how I want to look at all our options. After all this time operating under the assumption this was an SI problem, this new dr looked at my original MRI and said she sees something going on at the l5 area. She called it a blip. She ordered another MRI to see if we can get a better picture, but says she thinks this may be a herniation. SIGH. It makes sense based on all the symptoms, but gosh this has been a frustrating road. I have my MRI at 6:15am on Tuesday 6/30, and then the soonest follow up I could get with the dr is July 20th. SO, until then, I wish I could say I knew what exactly is going on, but it seems no one knows for sure yet. In the meantime, I am worn out, sick of medicine, emotional, bummed out, and SUPER anxious about the MRI. I did not like having that done. They had to start my first one over cause I was almost hyperventilating and moving too much- lol. Hopefully that was not too ridiculously long winded. Kinda tough to fit so many details of three years into one post :)
Talk to you all soon!!


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 06/25/2015 - 9:05 PM
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  • ThancockTThancock Posts: 8
    edited 06/30/2015 - 5:01 AM
    Will have to wait and see if it shows anything different from the original one I got since the new Physical Medicine Dr. said she saw a "blip" on the L5. Luckily this time, the radiologist was able to put me in the machine feet first, while not great, it is SOOOO much better than head first.
    My follow up appointment with the Phys. Medicine Dr. is not until the 20th of July. Apparently they are a SUPER busy department. Luckily she said I could email her ahead and get an idea what is going on. So hopefully next week I will hear. In the meantime, it is odd, some of the pain in my back has lightened up, but I still have tremendous pain in my left foot and knee. I am still also having the weird numb spot on the outer foot and outer couple of toes. Feels like something is constantly stuck between the toes or on the bottom of my foot. Anyone have that feeling as well??
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