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gimpggimp Posts: 2
edited 06/27/2015 - 5:34 AM in Chronic Pain
I guess I am scared right now and came here for what? I am not really sure. I am an army reservist and 24 year old full time student and had a lower back injury about a year ago lifting weights (squatting). I kind of ignored it and tried to stretch it off and continued with very minor discomfort for about a year.

Well it just got a hell of a lot worse lately, and now runs down my entire right leg in my sciatic nerve. For the last month and a half I have been doing physical therapy, anti-inflammatory pills (naproxen), pain killers (7.5/325 Norco), chiropractor, massage, yoga, and tried acupuncture once but it seemed stupid. Nothing has worked, and its getting worse. I have been miserable and starting to get depressed. I can barely walk a hundred feet without giving up. This all coming from being from a physically fit runner and muscle toned. Now the gym is the last thing on my mind.

I am getting an MRI in two days (FINALLY), and I am hoping for some kind of bulging or herniated disc to be found so I can get surgery. The worse thing I can think of would be if they found nothing, because that means I can't solve my pain. And I don't want to live like this anymore. I have been reading others posts and it really struck a chord with me.

I have great sympathy for any who may have had to live like the way I feel right now for a long duration of time. To think I have only been this way surviving off of pain pills for two months, I don't think I could live like this. I am on this forum in case things go from bad to worse. Because I know I'll need some kind of mental support if the MRI doesn't show anything.

Thanks for reading, best wishes to whoever you may be.


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  • I completely understand the fear you have of them not finding anything to validate your pain! I remember feeling the same way when I had my first MRI. Before the MRI, my Dr kept telling me I had a bit of DDD but not enough to feel any pain because of it, I was told I had just pulled a muscle.
    When I went in for my MRI on my back, I figured they wouldn't find anything and I was just complaining for nothing. Of course they did find quite a few things and though I hated that anything was wrong, I finally felt validated lol. I instantly switched Drs and started working on getting better. Unfortunately after 3 more MRI's, I just keep finding more issues lol.
    Let us know what you find out! This is my first post but I have been reading through the forum for awhile and I know that everyone here is very supportive! So I am sure besides myself, everyone will want to know your results and will be here to help support you through the rest!
    Good luck!
    Time is the coin of your life. It's the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. ~Carl Sandburg
  • gimpggimp Posts: 2
    edited 07/06/2015 - 4:18 PM
    They found a 2-3mm subluxation in my L5-S1 disc that is herniated, also it displaces my S1 and S2 nerves which I am assuming is why I am having so much leg pain. long story short they put me as "urgent" for their priority list. They also found three minor bulging discs but i dont think those are much of an issue? Honestly the MRI result had a ton of language that I didn't understand but i will be meeting with my surgeon on the 9th (yay!).

    My guess and my doctor's guess is that the surgeon will probably do a microdiscectomy. I have been researching and on here it says that it typically has a 90 to 95 percent success rate. has anybody else here had a microdiscectomy? if so what was it like afterwards? did it work? Would love to get any feedback.

    The pain has been getting worse and my leg is getting more debilitating. The doctor has prescribed me 10/325 norco and enough to take three a day for the next month. they seem to work better but i am in a constant fog.

    and red1972 thank you for responding. i am so glad they found something in my MRI.
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