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Hi,

I have reading posts on the forum for the last few months but haven't posted until now, I have had leg pain for almost 7 months and my doctor sent me for x-rays. She told me since I didn't have back pain, it was not sciatica. She sent me for a CT scan and it came back that I have a bulging disc in my L5-S1. Since then I have been taking gabapentin, tried naproxen and oxycodone but I haven't felt better but getting worse. In the last 7 months, I have seen 2 acupuncturists, 2 PTs, chiropractor, deep tissue massage and have an osteopath appointment. I went to emergency twice due to loss of urine and although it was not due to my nerve issue, I'm glad I went. Here in Canada, I was told the  typical wait time for an orthopaedic surgeon is about eight months but as I was referred by the emergency and called I have to wait one month. 

My last acupuncture appointment made me feel the worse and now I have difficulty walking from the bedroom to kitchen without intense pain. I'm going to stop all my treatments and do e physio stretches until I see the surgeon. I don't know what the surgeon will say but for now it's giving me hope. I struggle that I'm not active as I once was. But I am lucky I work from home and can do that laying down with my laptop and phone. I feel more emotional and am grateful for a loving husband.

Thanks for reading. And if anyone is in Canada, you really have to advocate for your health. Keep pushing the doctors and see different doctors if needed. I recently changed doctors and glad for it.

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  • @Violet96 Welcome to Spine Health! If you provide some more information, it will help others to comment. What other methods have you tried to help with your pain? I know you stated acupuncture. Have you tried PT or injections? 

    A good suegeon will suggest you exhaust all conservative treatments before exploring surgical options. Trust me I know it's hard, but you do not want surgery unless it's the absolute last step in treatment. I would also get a second opinion, if your surgeon suggests surgery. I know it any seem like the answer to everything, but surgery is different when dealing with your spine. It's not black and white. There are so many gray issues that come along with it. I hope you find some much needed support here. Please keep us updated on your progress!



    Retrolisthesis C4 of C5 and C5 of C6
    Spondylolthesis C5/C6
    Disc protrusions with Annular Tears C3/C4, C4/C5, and C5/C6
    Disc Material Compressing Spinal Cord C3/C4
    Severe Forminal Stenosis C5/C6
    DDD
    Ankylosing Spondylitis 
    Annular Tears L3/L4 and L5/S1
    Enlarged Facet Joints/Facet Anthrosis L3/L4/L5
    PLIF with Rods, Cage, and Pedicle Screws-L4/L5
  • Thanks for the reply! I have been to 2 different PTs and 2 pain specialists. They both had different opinions on my issue. One has referred me to a medical profession to talk about injections even though my doctor said injections wouldn't work for a bulging disc. I'm not sure what wait times are like in other countries, but here in Canada, I had to wait 2 months to see the pain specialist and am waiting another 5 weeks to see the injection doctor. 

    It's frustrating when you feel worse and appointments seem to take so long, the pain specialist says she doesn't think the surgeon will recommend surgery but because everyone has had a different opinion on my treatment. I want to hear from him what more I can do, 

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  • @Violet96 treatment is a very long process. Unfortunately, there is no quick fix. The wait times are usually the same here in the states. Espically dealing with different doctors for different treatments. I'm socked your doctor said injections wouldn't work for a bulging disc! That is one of the first treatments usually recommended! Please make sure you are listening to a spine specialist regarding treatment. Although PT doctors are very well educated and trained, they do not have the education of a neurologist or neurosurgeon. 

    I know this is frustrating. Please just keep at it. It takes a combination of treatment and medications to help, and sometimes it's a trial and error effect. 

    Keep your head up! I use a combination of heat and ice. Heat works better on my lower back and ice for my neck. Icy hot is also such a good tool. I live on it! I know the waiting is the worst, but you are headed in the right direction! 



    Retrolisthesis C4 of C5 and C5 of C6
    Spondylolthesis C5/C6
    Disc protrusions with Annular Tears C3/C4, C4/C5, and C5/C6
    Disc Material Compressing Spinal Cord C3/C4
    Severe Forminal Stenosis C5/C6
    DDD
    Ankylosing Spondylitis 
    Annular Tears L3/L4 and L5/S1
    Enlarged Facet Joints/Facet Anthrosis L3/L4/L5
    PLIF with Rods, Cage, and Pedicle Screws-L4/L5
  • @Jillybean079 I have since changed doctors as mine kept saying it's not sciatica or a back issue as you don't have back pain and it took repeated visits for her to make referrals to the specialists. 

    I'm using the heat pad right now! I also alternate and spend most of my time using heat or ice when I'm laying down. I walk around the house until it becomes too painful and have to lay. I used to be able to cook dinner but now it's a struggle. 

    Thanks for your response. Yes, it is frustrating when life changes so much and hard to find joys when I can't do the things I used to and feel house bound except for medical appointments that my husband takes me to. 

  • @Violet96 Im glad you switched doctors. You definitely needed someone to look into your issues further, and I'm happy you're on the right track. Sometimes you have to look at where you started, to see how far you've come. It may not feel like much, but at least you have a diagnosis now. 

    I know how you feel. I basically work and come home now. I recently had to move back in with my parents. That was extremely hard for me....but necessary with everything that is going on right now. We don't know what life will bring us, but I can promise you, we are all here to support you! 



    Retrolisthesis C4 of C5 and C5 of C6
    Spondylolthesis C5/C6
    Disc protrusions with Annular Tears C3/C4, C4/C5, and C5/C6
    Disc Material Compressing Spinal Cord C3/C4
    Severe Forminal Stenosis C5/C6
    DDD
    Ankylosing Spondylitis 
    Annular Tears L3/L4 and L5/S1
    Enlarged Facet Joints/Facet Anthrosis L3/L4/L5
    PLIF with Rods, Cage, and Pedicle Screws-L4/L5
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  • @Jillybean079 you're right. Knowing is much better than not knowing. I can understand how difficult it is to move home with your parents but also grateful you have their support and love too. I am grateful for my spouse and my parents and sister to help me through this. 

    I listen to my pain meditation to remind myself I am not my pain body and it doesn't define me as a person or anybody else experiencing pain. You seem like a very kind person and thank you for your support here. 

  • @olderthandirt thanks for the information Anieta and sharing about your experience. The Chinese acupuncturist would tell me after treatments not to walk and rest but PT would tell me to keep active. I walk around the house and sometimes in the mall. I have all the rest stops memorized! 

    My right leg is now small than the left. Maybe all the gym work did do something but I don't miss squats and lunges lol. 


  • Good for you, Anieta, for being active now! My husband and I used to go for walks and I look forward when we go again 

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