Hi everyone. I'm new here but I've been reading posts here for a while in the hope that I might be able to find some answers.
My sciatica began 14 - 15 months ago. At the time, I had just discovered I was pregnant. When it continued for a month, I went to see a doctor , who diagnosed it as pelvic girdle pain. I suffered along the entire pregnancy believing it would go away after the birth.
Anyway, fast forward 14 months and I'm still in pain, with a 7 month old baby in tow. I returned to same doc who tested my reflexes & sent me for an mri last week.
Turns out, I have a herniated disc at l5 which is compressing S1 nerve root. L4-5 has a bulge which touches l5 nerve sac but doesn't distort it.
Now I've been referred to a neurosurgeon for a consultation Friday week.
My fear is that because this has gone untreated for so long, the neurosurgeon will turn me away and say the nerve is now permanently damaged.
I really don't want to live like this. I have 2 small kids who need their mum to be physically able. I can't sit to drive for long. I walk with a limp. I'm in constant pain. I wake t night with muscle spasms so I can't sleep properly.
The doc wants to put me on lyrica but I'm terrified of the side effects, especially as I have a history of depression. GP said herself she doesn't like to prescribe it.
Does any body know, how long does the s1 nerve have to be compressed before te damage is permanent?
Has anybody here had surgery after waiting a similar period to treat the issue?
If so, what was the outcome? I'd really like to know. Thanks.****************************************************************************************************** Welcome to Spine-Health
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Thanks for that. I'm 38 yo, was 37 when this started suddenly and with no apparent reason in May / June of last year. Because I was pregnant, my weight have fluctuated throughout the period, I went from weighing about 175 lbs at the start, to 210 when heavily pregnant, to my current weight of 154 lbs. No one else in my family has any spinal issues. The only doctor I've seen so far is my GP. I will be seeing a neurosurgeon Friday week and a pain management consultant in about 3 weeks. I've he 14 months of conservative treatment, relying on OTC
The meds I was taking are as follows - 2000mg paracetamol (acetaminophen) while pregnant, difene 75 mg and 2000mg paracetamol for the months after delivery. I have also been attending pt on a weekly basis.
The tests I've had so for are a range of motion test from my GP (primary care physician) and my ROM is severely restricted - can't even reach knees to bend forward any straighten right leg. Can't bend backwards either any great deal. The MRI was the only other test I've had so far which showed 'focal right sided disc protrusion on l5 s1 compressing right s1 nerve root. It also showed on l4-5 a 'minor broad based left paracental Disk bulge that slightly distorts the adjacent thecal sac and touches but does not distort l5 nerve root. '
Doctors action plan fr me is to meet with the neurosurgeon in a week for an initial consultation (to discuss possible discectomy) and to meet pain managemet consultant in about 3 weeks to discuss having a nerve block. She also wrote a Prescription for lyrica, which I am extremely reluctant to take.
I hope this helps.