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L5/S1 herniated disk, DDD, leg weakness
This website has been great for information and emotional support. About two years ago I had pain in my back that I thought was kidney pain. Kidney problems ruled out, and urologist says he thought I had a herniated disk. He ordered Xrays, and he was correct.
Primary doc prescribes Flexeril, Lortab and sends me to chiropractor. Chiropractor makes adjustments, tells me not to bend, lift, twist, stretch, etc. He straightens out the spine, but it kept slipping back. I was starting to feel as if the adjustments were causing MORE damage.
On to physical therapy, which didn't help.
Now seeing a Pain Management doc, who discovered nerve damage in my left leg. He has given me 2 lumbar injections. First one worked great, second one not at all.
That's my journey so far. I saw my Primary doc yesterday, who wants to start me on Cymbalta. (I've been on Lexapro for 10 years but she wants me to switch...scared to do it.) She says my pain shouldn't be as bad as it is.
As many of you on this forum, I would LOVE to do the things I used to do, even such mundane things as grocery shopping, laundry, and housecleaning. Walking longer distances would be bliss.
I suppose my question is which doc should I listen to? I see PM doc Friday.
Thanks for any input!