Hello everyone, I am new to this site and was relieved to see that others know what it is like to deal with back pain. I am sharing my story in hopes that
others may be able to relate and offer info from their experiences. I am a 22yr. old that graduated from college in May. I swam on the collegiate
level for my four years and injured my back during my junior year. I was at our conference meet practicing diving off the blocks. In mid air I bent
slightly at the hips to enter the water. For the first time ever when I did this I had a sharp pain in my back. When I got to the end of the
pool I got out and tried to walk around. I immediately started to have a pins and needles feeling from my lower back down to my feet.
I somehow managed to swim through it for three days until the end of the season. I went to the team spine surgeon, MRI said I had a herniated disc at L5\S1 that was 13mm. I got 2 sets of ESIs.they did not work. I then went to PT for 3 months and had traction. None of this helped, so I was given another ESI that did not work.
My senior year started, I was given muscle relaxers, prescription antiinflammatories, and gabapentin and told to swim through it.
In December I had another ESI and MRI with no improvement. I was told to finish my season and come back in two months to have a fusion. In May I got a second opinion from another ortho. He sent me to pain management. I had 3 nerve root blocks between this past May to September. I had no improvement,
And was sent back to the ortho.I was then sent to another spine pain management Dr. He did 2 sets of nerve root blocks at S1. They did not work. I had another MRI last week. It said that the herniation is still present with a annular ligament tear.
At this point I don't know what to do, I'm still in pain with the pins/needles, and my feet burn all the time. I continue to have muscle spams as well.
I was told not to get a fusion by the second ortho because I would need more later on in life as a result. I am stuck and don't know which direction to take. I have applied to grad school to become a PT so I need to get this solved/managed better so I can move on with my career and life.