Hi everyone! I'm hoping I can get some advice or hear from those that have something similar, and what the outcome was for you.
A little background on me...
I'm 25 years old and have been suffering from lower back pain for over a year. Last October, I herniated 2 discs (L4 and L5) while I was painting and lifting furniture on my own. I went to my PCP and was put on viccodin and flexeril and told to take it easy. The next day my pain was even worse, os my doctor called in prednisone. Over the weekend, I ended up in the ER and had tordal shots and put on valium and percocet because the muscle spams were so intense that I was vomitting and my back was convulsing.
After having a MRI, the herniated discs with found, and I was sent to pain management for the epidural steroid injections. I had 3 rounds of injections and then put on skelaxin. I was feeling great from 12/09-8/10. I woke up one morning in August with intense leg pain in my left leg. My entire left leg from hip to toes is NUMB. I was sent for another MRI, and the results are as follows..maybe someone can make sense of it for me.
L2-L3 mild circumferential disc bulge causing mild effacement of the anterior thecal sac. Minimal inferior right neural foraminal narrowing is noted.
L3-L4 mild circumferential disc bulge with moderate effacement of the anterior thecal sac with mild foraminal narrowing.
L4-L5 large central disc protrusion, as well as facet joint arthropathy causing severe central canal stenosis. Bilateral neural foraminal narrowing is noted.
L5-S1 a large based disc extrusion is seen, which extends into the left paracentral region. Fragment of disc is seen seperate from the large protrusion is seen to the left of midline, measuring 8x4mm, and is suspicious for a sequestered disc. Facet joint arthropathy is seen. Findings cause severe central canal stenosis, as well as moderate to severe left foraminal narrowing and minimal right foraminal narrowing.
Multilevel degenerative changes seen through the lumbar spine, most prounced at L4-L5 and L5-S1 with large disc protrusions causing severe narrowing of the spinal canal. There is also a suspicious sequestered disc seen at L5-S1.
After this MRI, I had another round of steroid injections, which did not help at all, and then sent to an ortho spinal surgeon. He sent me for a bone scan of my entire body and a 360 of my spine because he thought there was something wrong with my bones. I have lost the function in my left leg. The circulation is poor and muscles are beyond weak. He said that the DDD was genetic from family history. He then sent me to KU because he didn't want to take my case because it was "too critical and too unique."
I went to KU and had a horrible experience. I never got to meet the surgeon, only the PA. I was told that there was nothing wrong with my left leg, that it was in my head. And then I was given two options for surgery. I was told I could do a disectomy and laminectomy, however since I had both leg AND back pain, that I would end up having a fusion, or I could do a 2-3 level fusion, and then in 3 years have a second fusion. The chocie was mine, the surgeon didn't know which one to do. Then I was told that I was too heavy for the operating table. That the limit on their table was only 175 so once I lost 50lbs to call them and tell them which surgery I wanted to have.
I was devestated because I was in so much pain and cannot walk, yet I'm supposd to lose 50lbs before I can have relief. My PCP said it was BS about the weight limit being that low. He said it is usually 350-450lbs, that it was there way of washing their hands of me and my case. I was then put on 1800mg of neurontin, norco 10 hydrocodone/325 tylenol 2 pills 4 times a day, and relafen 750mg 2 times a day.
Last week I developed a new symptom in my left leg. Although it is still numb, there is INTENSE sciatic nerve pain that is preventing me from doing anythin except lay in be. The pain medicine I am on does nothing to dull the pain that is deep in my leg and running from my hip to my heel.
I am now at a neurosurgeon that is willing to take my case. I just had a myelogram and CT done on my spine, and it was VERY painful. As soon as the dye hit the nerve that is being compressed, my body went into convulsions and spasms. I felt as though I was being burned from the inside out.
That is all I know for right now. I'm waiting on results. Has anybody had anything like what I've experienced? If so, what surgery did you have and how was the outcome? I'm really nervous and scared, and I just need some support from someone that has been through this.
Thanks for reading,