I'm seeing my doc soon, but wondered if anyone has experienced these particular problems - although they're very embarrassing (but because you don't know me personally, I feel able to share this with you guys!).
It feels so selfish of me to talk only about myself, but I really would like some feedback, if you can?
I've had a horrible week with 'shaky, heavy' legs, pins and needle-type feelings and I am now getting pain from my right buttock down into my foot (this started late last night and has kept me awake for most of last night). The only comfortable place is laying on the sofa with my right leg bent. I had sciatica about 5 years ago, so I'm wondering if this is the start of another 'flare up' or something?
Also, the pain in my lower back is much worse this week. I've worked through it all, but this morning at work, it all got just a little too much. I left work early as I couldn't seem to function with the back/leg pain - and the extra morphine I'm having to take is making my head feel all over the place. I managed to drive home safely thank G-d.
I'm feeling extremely tired with a 'funny' head - also, if I'm honest I'm probably a little depressed (as lots of things are going on personally) and try hard not to let my back rule my life. Ha! it so does really!!!! I can't do anything without first wondering if it will adversely affect my back pain and therefore might not enable me to go to work, so I don't do it at all - that's the story of my life. I live to work as keeping my job is very important as I only started in January and have now had two days off! Which I think is bad).
My other physical problem this week is that at night time only I have found it extremely difficult to pass water (I'm a female by the way - so no prostrate problems, ha!). It's taken on average about half an hour to feel 'emptyish'.
However, during the day I can't seem to stop - and what I mean by that is that I'll pass water, normally. Then, about half an hour later I'll need to go again. This has happened TWELVE times from early this morning and I just don't think it's normal, do you? Have any of you had similar problems, if so, and you feel happy to share then I'd be interested to hear from you.
I've had lbp for nearly 5 years now - I've had ALL the conservative treatments and recently had a discogram which was positive on two levels. I'll know in a couple of weeks whether a two level fusion is on the cards (this is what the surgeon is recommending, but I've yet to say yes or no). It's a difficult decision to make because I could lose my job over this - but then, I suppose I could lose it anyway with the time off I'm having. I did put on the application form that I considered myself to be disabled (even though it went very much against the grain to actually say it) and never had to have a medical appointment before they offered me the job - I only had to fill in an occupational health questionnaire, which they accepted. I don't believe in lying, so all information was correct anyway. Sorry, I'm digressing.....(did I say my head 'was a shed'?).
I have DDD, scar tissue from two previous discectomies, right foraminal stenosis (whatever that is) and facet joint osteo arthritis. My surgeon has indicated that a 2 level PLIF (posterior lumbar interbody fusion) would hopefully conquer all 3 problems. He and his team seem quite confident about this and I have 100 per cent faith in them (after at least 3 other consultants over the years have more or less said there's nothing more that can be done). This would be on the National Health Service in the UK.
Does anyone think my 'waterworks' problem is anything to do with my back? Or the morphine (I have weekly patches AND extra liquid solution as/when)?
I'll post back on this same thread what the doctor advises, but just wanted to find out if anyone else has had similar difficulties? It's probably quite unrelated - who knows.
Thanks for taking the time to read my post.
2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!