Hi I'm Christy and am 28 years old. In 2007 I hurt by back...I didn't do anything that was out of the normal for me. I was cleaning over memorial day and the next day I was in so much pain I left work and was crying all the way home...I couldn't breath. It felt like someone was kicking me over and over again in the kidneys (lower back).
After seeing a jerk doctor (where I live they are all pretty much jerk doctors.) I got an Exray and MRI and according to what he said I had 1 hurniated disk. I lost my job and couldn't pay for a doctor anymore so I went to a family chiropractor who got me up and walking again after 3 months...which was great. I got another job and have had two beautiful daughters. But the pain has stayed. I visited the chiropractor so much he sotpped charging us. So I went constantly till the pain got to where I could mange it with 800mg IB Profin and pretty much sitting to do everything in my life.
In 4 years I have gained 100lbs because I can't move or stand longer than 5 min with out being in pain for hours afterwards.(If I walk longer than 15 min I can't move for the next few days and have to sit around the house in so much pain I just cry till it finally goes down back to normal)
But I recentlly decided to go back to school...and after one semester I couldn't handle the pain anymore. So I said enough was enough. I went to a new doc who got an MRI and found out I now (or always have had) 7 herniated disks. Starting from T11 to S1 with "Marginal impression on the anterior left thecal sac and left S1 nerve root.
I was sent to a specialist to get an EMG, but he decided to give me muscle relaxers instead, which braught be back to the pain I was in 4 years ago, my chiro said it was because the muscles I had built over the injury are now relaxed I'm feeling all the pain from the injuries.
So now in 6 days I'm going to go see a Nuro Surgion. I'm scared because I'm not sure If he is going to want to do surgery or not and I'm not sure what to do if he says he does/doesn't
Does traction work well for Herniated disks and thecal sac impression?
I have to go back to school...would a wheelchair work until I can get back to walking again? (my mom is afraid I'll get lazy and never walk again)
Does P/T work?
Can I parallize myself if I don't have the surgery?
I'm so lost and upset...and the pain is keeping me stuck in the house to the point where Vicodin doesn't even work to kill the pain most days. I'm so afraid I'm going to get a jerk neuro surgeon who won't listen to me...like most other doctors here.
Any help any advice would be great!