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Lower Back Injury, Sciatica

Jake-GallowsJJake-Gallows Posts: 2
edited 09/17/2015 - 3:42 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hello all,

Back in March I was at work (I work in PSD, Personal Sercurity Detail, basically professional bodyguard) and doing a walk around of the property.
When I saw something strange, I went to check on it and had to jump a stream to get to it. when I jumped I landed on the other side on some ice that was left over from the previous snows and cold weather here in the mountains. Anywho, when I landed, my feet went right out from under me and I landed flat on my rear end. At the time I was wearing hard plate body armor (about 8 pounds), my weapon and all my duty gear, and all this came crashing down with me.
As soon as I went to get up, I knew something wasn't right. I had lower back pain and my left leg "just did not feel right". I got to my feet and went to get changed out of my now wet clothing. As I was riding in the vehicle the pain started getting worse and worse. I decided to go to the emergency room to get checked out, as if something is wrong with me and I can not function 100%, someone could get hurt if I can not do my job. At the emergency room, they did xrays, told me there was some arthritis going on (normal for my age, 41) but they did not see anything broken. They gave me pain meds and muscle relaxers and told me to take a few days off.
After going home and going to bed (I had not taken pain meds often and when I did they knocked me out) I woke up feeling worse. I had pain in my lower back and down the back of my left leg and into my foot, along with a "pins and needles" feeling. I thought it would go away after a few days.
When the few days were over, the pain was still there and worse, my human resources department wanted me to get checked and cleared by a doctor before returning to work (i have been with same client for goin on 8 years, and other than having my tonsils out, I did not miss work for injuries or sickness, I always worked when hurt or sick), so I did. The doctor ordered an MRI, and when I went to this I found out that I could not stand the confined space of the machine and could not finish the scan (who knew it would freak me out). The physicians assistant then ordered a Myelogram instead. I had the procedure (not very pleasant) and was told that I had a bulging disc and that was probably pushing on my nerve root and causing the sciatica. I went for several follow up visits with the PA (never saw the Dr), where he gave me a back brace to wear, and scheduled me for and ESI. When I went for the ESI, as they were prepping me and talking about the shot they kept saying that the shot would go in my right side, etc. I told them that my pain was on the left side, and asked if they were sure this was right. The Dr left the room to call the PA, who told him yes the injury was to my left side, but to do the injection to the right side anyway, hoping that the meds would help "both sides". I asked the Dr if this was normal and he said, well, no, but if you refuse the shot, your workers comp will stop paying for your treatment. So, I went ahead and had the shot. A couple of days after the shot, I started to develop pain in my right butt cheek that lasted about two weeks before finally fading (still comes and goes). When I questioned the PA about this, he evaded the question, and when I pressed more, he said that there was nothing more that they could do for me and sent me to a pain specialist.
So, a few weeks later I get in to see the specialist. She is very nice, listens, and was really upset about the last ESI going wrong. She gives me a list of exercises to do at home and to come back in two weeks and see how I am feeling. I come back telling her that I am actually hurting worse and worse as the time goes by. She gets permission from workers comp to do another ESI. I have the shot done, and other than the worst headache I have ever had, there was no change. Insurance makes me have two more of the shots, and I get no relief from either of them.
I am to the point where It is painful to ride in a car for longer than 20 minutes or so, It is an awful experience to sit at a table for dinner with my family (not because of my family!!) because the pain get worse the longer I sit...So, I stand, it hurts, I sit it hurts, i lay down it hurts. Right now it is 3:00am and I have not been able to sleep because of the pain, and this has become normal for me. I am living on Mortin and Tramadol and they really arent doing anything other than a few minutes of relief here and there.
The Dr tells me that most discs will repair after a while, but it has been 6 months and I am no better at all, actually I feel worse now than I did even two months ago.
I have questions that I can not seem to get straight answers for....Is this going to get better, will I have to have surgery to repair the disc, could something else be wrong, will this ever heal, or am i doomed to deal with this for the rest of my life.
The pain makes me grumpy, I can not even pick up my grandson to hold him, my wife and I have no real relationship because of the nerve and pain, I really do not know what else to do, and where to turn at this point. I never realized that pain could take over your life like this, it even makes gives me anxiety.
Has anyone had injuries like this, what happened with you, what was your treatment like, how long, etc, etc???
thanks much in advance, and hope to hear some good news.

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  • Jetta2010JJetta2010 Posts: 12
    edited 09/17/2015 - 10:12 AM
    I am sorry to hear you are in chronic pain and struggling. I am glad you are here. Hang in there. Take the time to do as much research as you can and understand what your body is going through. Seek out the best provider and get their opinion as to what you should do. Take this opportunity to soul search and overcome adversity. Your not doomed and there is relief but you will likely have to do a lot or research and be willing to try different things to accommodate your injury. Take it a day at a time and have a plan. And stay connected here as we know what your going through.
    L5/S1 compressed disc, DDD
    Current med: Hydrocodone 10/325 5x/day
  • Jake-GallowsJJake-Gallows Posts: 2
    edited 09/18/2015 - 9:59 AM
    Thanks much,
    I am trying to learn as much about this condition as I can. The one thing that I am having a hard time getting past is all the posts I read by doctors saying that this sort of injury should not last this long, and that it should heal within 4 to 5 months, etc.
    You really do not see much about what to do if it does not heal, and what to expect if common treatment does not work, etc.
    Thanks for the encouragement!
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