I have been reading your forums for some time now and felt like it was finally time to introduce myself. I'm a 38 year old who gave birth to twin girls 7 months ago. I also have a rare congenital connective tissue disease called Beals Syndrome (I have less flexible connective tissue, it's kind of like Marfan's Syndrome, but I am less bendy, more brittle.)
So, here goes! Four months ago I was gardening, and while tying tomato vines onto a fence I stepped into a small divot in my yard with my left foot. I immediately felt pain through my hamstring and up into my low back.
Original Dx was a torn hamstring, but when I kept complaining of hip pain (and what I now recognize as sciatica) we did a thigh and hip MRI. That MRI showed my torn hamstring and also a "very large" herniation at L5-S1 that was pressing on the S1 and S2 nerve roots. When my ortho saw the films he immediately sent me to a spine specialist, especially bcs I was having difficulty urinating and had lost much of my left leg strength. My left leg was also numb from calf into big toe.
(I started care directly with ortho, as due to my tendency to sprain/pull everything we have a very good relationship.) I'm used to self care for injuries, so I followed my typical ice/stretch/rest routine without a ton of relief. I know I tend to have really tight hip flexors, and have a Dx for piriformis Syndrome as well.
Spine specialist recommended an epidural first but said that he would be less conservative with me due to the sharp decrease in strength and bladder issues I was having. The first epidural worked for about 36 hours, and the surgeon said we should move forward with microdiscectomy.
In the meantime I was doing PT for the hamstring (mainly gentle stretching, graston for breaking up scar tissue, acupuncture, electrical stimulation and ice) but when the pain increased and I started having bladder issues we discontinued PT until I could try the epidurals. I also did Myofascial release in the hamstring, glute, hip flexors and a little in the spine with a chiropractor. (Not a crack-your-back type, just soft tissue work.)
Had surgery on 9/28/15 - a discectomy and hemilaminotomy at L5-S1 on left side. During surgery they discovered a conjoined nerve at that level, also on the left side. They said the nerve was "extremely inflamed" perhaps more so due to the conjoined portion taking up more room.
I did great post surgery - had reduced pain and returned feeling in my calf muscle. Ive had a few good days and bad, all to he expected. Incision site looks good but I do have swelling both below and to the left of the incision.
Just yesterday I had a setback, with leg and hip pain returning for the first time since surgery. The only things different were that I drove myself to an appointment for the first time. Oh, and I did mention I have 7-month old twins, right? And a 3-year old. And two retired greyhounds. And the most supportive wonderful husband. So, while I have not picked anyone up, I have definitely not been able to rest as much as I'd ideally like to. I've been on Oxycodone, and was trying to taper down. But when the pain picked up yesterday I had to go back to two pills every 6 hours.
Spine specialist has me starting a Medrol lack and following up on Friday or Monday. Scheduled to see him on the 13th. I think I'm most worried about a reherniation.
Anyone have any thoughts on other diagnostics you'd request in my situation? Any other twin mamas develop issues after delivery? (My docs think because my girls were so big and my frame is very narrow that the pregnancy may have set me up for these issues...)
Thanks for reading this!