Hi! My name's Elle and I've been suffering from lower back pain for years. Most recently, my pain became much worse last fall, and I went through my second round of PT through November. The MRI at that point showed no disc protrusion/herniation, which was a bit disheartening since I wanted to know why I was in so much pain. After completing PT, I eventually felt better for a few weeks, but then it progressively got to the point where I couldn't even get out of bed. I literally had to pee in a cup, and don't ask how I took care of other stuff.
I know I should have went to the hospital, but I was terrified of the pain of having to go down my stairs to get into an ambulance, and I figured they would probably just send me home with some Naproxin and tell me to rest. I have little faith in ERs sometimes...
It eventually got better over the course of a month or so (by better I mean tolerable), until May when the pain of sitting became intolerable and I started to have shooting pain down my right leg. I had another MRI in June which showed disc protrusion at l3-l4, herniation at l4-l5, and protrusion at l5-s1 (not sure what the difference is.) I was referred to a spine doctor who kind of played it off like it was nothing major despite my ridiculous pain, and referred me for cortisone injections. I had to wait two months to get in for that. I can't even explain the anger I felt about that.
My cortisone injection was last Tuesday, the 18th of August, and I was told that the pain may increase for a few days but things should get better within a week. I was so hopeful that this whole ordeal would be over and I could get my life back. Well, the pain did increase severely, and my primary doctor put me on Norco for the pain, which at least took the edge off and gave the the ability to get to the bathroom as needed. By Saturday I was barely able to walk again, and I toughened up and got down the stairs to get to the ER.
Another MRI showed worsened protrusion and herniation, but thankfully no infection or injury from the cortisone injection. I stayed in the hospital for a few days as they got my pain under control and I could walk again, and I was referred to a neurosurgeon to discuss a discectomy and sent home with an boat-load of drugs and a walker.
Neurosurgery contacted me Wednesday, and I was hopeful that I could see a surgeon soon and get this pain over with asap. Nope. I have to wait another month to see him and meanwhile take a ton of pain meds and get about with a walker. I cried for hours out of frustration.
I'm trying to be strong but it's so difficult. I'm so sorry for the wall of text but I guess I just needed to get it all out to people who might understand my situation. I had to drop my fall classes that I was so looking forward to. Having to walk with a walker, not being able to go outside and live my life, spending my entire summer in bed...it's getting to me. If you read all of this, thank you, and if you want to talk, please feel free to reply or PM me.
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