Ok let me start by telling you my story as short as possible. I am 30 years old women in PA work as a teaching assistant in the PA Pre-K counts program with 15 kids ages 3-5 , 7 hrs a day 5 days a week.
On 4/12 I tripped over the foot/leg of a physical therapy swing (kinda like a playground swingset). Did not fall completely but did twist back hard. Continued the rest of my day as I didnt feel any pain immediatly after incident. Woke up nxt morning in horrible pain unable to bend at my waist. I reported it to super and filled out all necessary papers. NExt day I came to work thinking I could just work through the pain. My legs started to go numb so I left work and went to ER. They did a quick physical exam and gave me muscle relaxers and pain meds and sent me on my way. Followup with family dr and he ordered a CT scan which turned up 3 bulging discs L3/L4/L5/S1 with some anterior flattening of thecal sac and facet joint hypertrophy. Dr kinda blows this off as "normal changes" , well since I have not had ANY issues with my back and have had previous CT scans after falling the year before these issues to me are new. Dr stillsays though that he thinks they are results from tripping even if they are normal tripping irritited them. OK
I go about my days and nothing is changing after resting and trying to resume normal activities. Dr sends me to get ESI in my back. That Dr does a physical and finds that I am unable to push against his pressure on my big toe, his report states that I present with symptoms consistant with the findings in the CT scan and that of a L5/S1 disc injury. I get the injection and again return to my normal adjusted activities. Shot does nothing for 5 days then relief for 2 then right back to pain and feels like more then before. Fam Dr. sends me for MRI. Get that report back and it shows absolutly NOTHING ! no herniations, no bulging, no facet joint issues.......NOTHING. I know there is something becasue I feel it, I am still in pain and experiencing things I never have had issues with before in my life. So there is something going on. I return for another follow up with Fam Dr and this time I am starting to have new symptoms including foot drop and muscle twitches throughout my right leg and back, and increased numbness and heavy feeling in my right leg... along with all the previous symptoms like pain in back and down right leg. So now both Dr. looked at me like I am nuts since the ONE scan showed nothing so there must be nothing. They both said I am confused as to whats wrong with you, not sure what to do. So now I am going to physical therapy and hope that someone there may be able to tell me an idea as to what might be wrong or affected in my back or leg to cause all these symptoms.
I googled it myself and found nerve issues, but neither Dr mentioned anything like this to me.
Does anyone have any clue as to what may be wrong and what I should ask about ? or if I should be going to see a different Dr and what kind of Dr ?