Hello all! I'm new and in need of advice, if anyone can help?
In December I fell over in the ice and hurt myself. Months of pain & physio followed, which was confused slightly by my sympoms changing (at first only had burning cramping pain in leg and buttock and this could only be relieved by crouching/squatting down and leaning forward slightly, this looked ridiculous in the supermarket!) , this then changed to tingling legs, numbness and leaning back, rather than forward to get relief). An MRI scan was taken and showed '
disc degeneration L3/L4 & L5/S1.
L3/L4 there is right sided posterior annual tear and bulge but no significant root impingement.
L5/S1disc protusion and left S1 nerve root compression.
I had a cortisone injection last week for the root compression and it HURT! But i was willing to put up with this for possible relief.
However, my pain is worse now - but its different again. I've gone back to my first set of symptoms. I can only get relief crouching down on the floor and leaning forwards (although it hurts to get into this position). My pain is no longer in my lower back and thigh but now is nearly all in my left buttock and I can't even roll over in bed without shrieking out in pain. It also hurts a bit behind my left knee. If I walk that area of buttock gets an almost chronic cramping spasm. I'm no longer getting any numbness. It hurts incredible amounts to walk but also really aches after laying down or sitting for too long.
Work have been very sympathetic but are losing patience. i have the hospital next week but I can't even do any of my old exercises as it hurts too much, I don't know what to do. I usually speed walk about an hour and twenty mins a day (even if it hurts I can manage), however I have stopped this as I can't get to the end of the road.
I'm beginning to suspect that either: the injection didn't work and stirred something up or it worked and the pain relief has let the pain from something else come through or something new entirely is happening! Has anyone got any ideas?