Hi all, hope I can get some fresh eyes on my situation.
I injured my lower back playing football almost 6 months ago, I ended up with severe lower back pain with pain all down my right leg along with varying degrees of numbness from just toes to complete foot etc. Along with this is the inability to move my leg too much, bend at my back or walk properly (I have a very pronounced limp) I spent a night in hospital as after the initial injury I could not pass water at all (it got sorted fairly quickly and I was told it was more than likely shock ) had an xray which showed nothing and got sent home. it was quickly diagnosed by my GP as a slipped disc at L4/L5. Something which my physio also confirmed when they first saw me.
Now at this point i was off work indefinately as i coukd barely do anything let alone stand and work. I was being treated with a course of physio and numerous medications (gabapentin and strong painkillers effectively) with the idea to try and remove the sciatic pain from my leg and get me walking normally before tackling the back pain whilst letting the disc heal itself. This went on for a number of weeks without any real improvement other than the aggravation of the nerves settling down and the numbness finally going away. But the sciatic pain remains and then intensity of the pain never changes, its always agony!
In September my physio eventually agreed that the treatment just wasn't doing enough and referred me on to a specialist. I saw him and he immediately arranged for an MRI (I never had one up to this point) and said one should have been done at the beginning. I finally had the MRI 3 weeks ago (around 22/weeks after the original injury) and I am still awaiting official results.
So I called the department where the specialist is based and the lady told me that results are in and I will be sent a report perhaps next week. I asked for info and she could not go intondetail but told me that effectively the results don't show anything immediately threatening but the letter will detail the findings. She went on to say that the specialist recommends more time for healing on its own and if there isn't any improvement, then a referral to a spinal surgeon will be needed. But there is more info in the letter I will get.
Meanwhile I am still struggling with the effects of the injury. I seemed tobhave recovered up to a certain point and things leveled off, im not getting better and yet it has not got worse either touch wood! Ive been like this since mid october but it is completely ruling my life now I cannot work full time I can only manage up to 25hrs and have to split my shifts throughout the week as working 2 days in a row is too much. I still can't walk properly and have to limp all the time and as ever the sciatica is still there.
I just do not know what to do now, I really don't want to be waiting longer as I know that I won't improve that much as I haven't since October, should I just push my GP to refer me on to a surgeon? Surely it must be clear that this is not going to heal completely without intervention?
I would really appreciate any advice i m at a loss as to what to do next!