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back and leg pain, numbness (newbie)
Hi all, I have a history of back problems which became quite acute in 2005 when I had an endoscopic microdiscectomy at L4 which left me with the same disc herniation and additional damage on top of it. Since then I developed moderate central and foraminal stenosis at the same level. I was in acute pain for several months in 2007, NS suggested laminectomy, I decided to wait and see. Things got a little better until 5 weeks ago. I woke up one day with excruciating pain in left lower back, which in a couple of days went down to my left front thigh. The front and side thigh became totally numb to touch, but also extremely sensitive and painful. I've been like this for 5 weeks now. Got an MRI after begging my PC. The report talks about a new protrusion at L2 with inflammation. Took it to the NS, he could not see anything at L2 (isn't this weird???), but my symptoms apparently also indicate an L2-L3 problem. He prescribed an epidural (next week). In the meantime I am on pain medications that hardly do anything. I am so exhausted from the pain, can't sleep well at night and cannot go to work. Lucky me that I can do some work from home, but also that is not easy because sitting is a problem too. I feel left out by the doctors, seems like nobody cares.
I know some of you guys have much bigger problems, but if anybody can relate to this and has similar symptoms, please write. Thanks so much! Curlie