Hello everyone, I'm glad I've found this place. I'm hoping it will help me mentally cope with my health conditions.
I'm a 35 yoa stay at home mom of two very active little boys. I have had back problems for about 15 years, but have always been able to deal with it with rest and chiropractic care. In Oct 2014 I slipped and fell on my butt. Was in pain, went to the chiro, and it didn't help. I was in so much pain I was bent over and could barely walk. Went to the ER, they took x-rays gave me some pain meds and told me to talk to a back dr. So that's exactly what I did. I went to a back doc, he ordered an MRI, and after reading the results, told me I have arthritis L2-L5, and a partial bulging disk L5/S1. He did an injection for the bulging disk, and all it did was keep me awake for 26 hours. I went back for a follow up and he said, well just lose weight (i'm 200 lbs) and you'll have to deal with it as it's mild.
I continued to do the exercises he recommended, and it didn't get better. In June 2015 things started getting worse, and on a family vacation in July I actually had to buy a cane due to the pain in my lower back and left leg, and my leg 'giving' out on me. I went to another back surgeon in August 2015. He looked at my old mri, and ordered a myelogram. Did it, got the results that "there is nothing surgically I can do for you". He kicked me out the door with the name for a pain management dc and the advice that "things will get better when your boys are older and can help you more". HUH? that is the solution???? I think not.
I went to the Pain mgmt doc, had high hopes, as she did a very thorough exam (more than the back docs did). She advised trying the injection again and doing another injection in the muscles surrounding the spine. Went in last friday and had them done.... Absolutely no relief.
This thursday I picked up my youngest son out of his crib and WHAM I got horrible rush of pain in my lower back. Couldn't stand up straight, could barely walk with the cane. I couldn't get a hold of my pain doc, so I ended up in ER again. They gave me two pain shots and sent me home telling me to follow up with my doc the next day.
I finally got my messages through to my doc, and the response was, "take this gabapentin, if you don't get better, go back to the ER." So now I'm supposed to work my way up to 1800mg of gabapentin daily.
So far it has helped a bit as I can stand up normally now, but I still have the horrible pain in my spine and down my leg.
Anyway, I am really frustrated, as I feel like the medical community is not taking me seriously. I am 35, WAS active, and have two little boys that I can't even play with bc of my pain. I'm depressed bc I'm overweight, but eat like a bird, and how can you lose weight when you can barely move????
I don't know what the next step is, to give gabapentin a chance, or make an appt with another back doc and order a new mri, since the other one is almost a year old and I've gotten worse??? Or am I destined to just be in this state and not able to enjoy life???Lumbar Herniated DiscExercise for Sciatica from a Herniated Disc
This too shall pass.... hopefully!