I've been lurking here for awhile and felt like it's time to introduce myself. I'm a 41 year old woman who's been having low back pain for 8 years. I turned wrong while getting ready for work in Jan. 2000. I think an ice skating fall around '95 or '96 got the ball to rolling though.
A CT scan and discogram confirmed that I had a herniated disc in the L5-S1 area and I had a 360 fusion in Oct. 2000. I had some relief from the surgery but the pain started coming back in late 2001. Physical therapy, steriod shots and rhizotomies didn't help. I went on long term disability in 2003 and am working on Social Security Disability.
I started having right leg pain in Nov. 2005 and I had a major car accident in Apr. 2007 which didn't help my pain levels. I started seeing a new pain management dr in late Jan. 2008. I've had the best luck with him than any other doctor. I've been under the care of a PCP, physical rehab dr, 2 previous PM drs and a neurophyschiatrist (sp?). I had a spinal cord stimulator put in on 5/29/08. I'm not painfree and realize I may never be but it's helped more than anything I've done.
I'm just wanting to meet others who are the same boat.
Sorry if this is too long.