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Newbie w/ Questions...would appreciate any insight!
I'm 31 years old. Have had mild scoliosis as long as I can remember, always causing me pain. Car accident in '01 which caused some damage to neck and back muscles, never had an MRI at that point - just PT & some anti-inflam drugs. About 1-1/2 years ago, starting having lower back pain - when it got unbearable went to family dr. - was given xray and told I pulled a muscle. Approx 2 mos later, still with same symptoms, went to another dr. was told same thing. Finally went to Pain Mgmt specialist - had MRI done, was told I had disc herniation C3-4 and L 4-5. Have been going to pain mgmt dr. for about a year now - have had countless shots - SI injections, caudal blocks, nerve burning, some others. Dr. put me on Percocet and then on Oxycontin w/ percocet for breakthrough pain. These helped somewhat, but the last 3 weeks I have been having additional pain and now in addition to the pain running down both legs, they are now feeling weak & heavy just running down the back of both legs and both the soles of my feet have a pins and needles sensation. I had my appt last week and he put me on Lyrica as well as the other meds. Been taking Lyrica now for 5 days - how long until I can tell if it is working? Still same feeling of pins and needles, heaviness and weakness in my legs. Should I be considering surgery at this point? Almost everything I have heard about surgery is not good - but living this way is not good either! Also - if I do have surgery, what is the approx recovery time - to get back to doing normal tasks ? I have a 6 yr old and a 2 yr old - I can't see myself having the ability to just lay around while I recover - should I just learn to live with this? Is the pins and needles feeling coming from nerve damage? If I don't have surgery to correct this, will it become permanent? Thanks for any help!