So here's my story, I want to say I injured myself sometime around 2002 while in the gym. I had on and off episodes of my back "going out" a couple times a year and would be prescribed muscle relaxers and be put on bed rest for a couple of days. I started competing in triathlon doing really well locally until after one event I ended up with really bad muscle spasms/ back pain, numb upper butt/lower back and sciatica down my left leg to my ankle. Over the next three months the pain worsened to the point that I had a hard time sitting for more than 15 minutes at a time and had to angle my leg to relieve the pressure on my back so my leg didn't hurt. Saw the doc did PT, oral steroids, spinal injection and eventually saw a specialist and had my first surgery L4/L5/S1 microdisc. Symptoms returned within 4 months, same regiment with no improvement went ahead with the second surgery. I am rolling up on 2 years after my second surgery and all the symptoms are returning. I've been through 6 sessions of PT to include traction, 4 cycles of oral steroids and 3 spinal injections in addition to the two surgeries. I'm 37 and have always been really active my whole life up until almost 3 years ago. I've got 16 years in the military and would like to make it to 20, for those that have had the fusion, which my doc said was the next step if the microdisc didn't work, how was your mobility after? In reality all I need to do is be able to return to work, sit at a desk for upto 10 hours and do my job. Also did the fusion work for you? All I want to be able to do in life are the normal things that everyone else can do pain free. Paint the house, go fishing or take a drive with my wife of 17 years. Thank you guys in advance for your help.
Microdiscectomy/Laminectomy/Foraminalectoy L4/L5/S1 Oct 2009, Mar 2012
Laminectomy L4/L5/S1 Dec 2009, Oct 2012, Dec 2012
Microdiscectomy and Synovial Cyst removal Feb 2013
St Jude Spinal Cord Stimulator implanted January 2014