I first started having bi-lateral leg pain 3 years ago. At the time I was 6'2" and 210 lbs. Over the 3 years, went to 240lbs. I was referred to a neurologistI and was given different medications to help with no avail (Neurontin and couple others similar). A year later, I switched to another Neurologist and under his care, I have been to PT, Chiropractor with none helping. I had two MRI's, last one in October. Both showed disc herniation in L5 area, s2. I,to best of my ability was doing core strengthening, lost 30 lbs, no help. I developed severe left leg pain all the way to my foot. I can literally trace the pain(from buttock back of my thigh through calve to bottom of foot) . I could barely sit in a car for 30 mins at a time as pain was so severe and sharp. I was on Cymbalta, it helped with bi lateral leg pain for 6 mo's, then quit working. I'm currently taking Percocets, 10-325mg.They relieve the sharp pain in left leg, but after 2-3 hours, the pain comes back like clock work. I also take Motrin which along with Percocet, will kill the pain with in 30 mins. I had 9 epidural blocks over year and half. 1st 6 helped ease the pain but the last 3 ending in June, helped very very little.
My Neurologist sent me for a referral today to a well known Neurosurgeon. I know several people who had back surgeries by him and all are doing great. He looked at my MRI and asked why I waited so long. He said I have nerve damage and the surgery would not help. He said pain management is my only help at this time. He said "Epidural Stimulation" is a good place to start and referred me to the same Dr who gave me epidural blocks. I have to wait till Feb to be seen.
Does this sound familiar to anyone, nerve damage? I thought by having surgery and removing the tissue aggravating the nerve was the solution. He says I waited to long and the nerve has since been damaged. Any help or thoughts are welcome!