My name is Heather and I live in NH. I am a wife and a mom of 4 beautiful children. I am also a registered nurse, which is how I hurt my back. I was washing up a woman who had a c-section and slipped on a wet washcloth on the floor. Three days later I couldn't walk. I had an MRI a little over a week ago and I have an L4/L5/S1 herniation. They put me on a dose of oral steroids and it helped a little bit. But I am still very uncomfortable, I cannot be on my feet for more than 5-10 minutes at a time, I have terrible burning radiating pain down my left leg into my foot which is numb and tingly on the right side and in my first three toes. I have not been able to do much of anything since this happened including work. I have been living on a steady diet of pain medication and physical therapy.
I have an appointment tomorrow with a neurosurgeon. We will see what he says. My physical therapist seems to think that he will recommend epidural injections. I also take coumadin (a blood thinner) and I know that you cannot be on this and get an epidural.
I look forward to meeting all of you and hearing your experiences. Even though I am a nurse, this area of medicine is pretty foreign to me and I am nervous about my visit. I am not sure what to ask or expect. I have gotten some information about what meds might help me, but, I would love to hear your opinions as well.