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Newbie - Waiting for my Neuro Appt
Hi All! I am new here but not new to back pain. I think my initial injury was in my early 20's when I got rolled by a wave while swimming. I remember the pain of being practically folded in half backwards but as I was young, in very good shape at the time, the pain went away very quickly. About 5 years ago I was playing touch football when I came down 'odd' on the ground in cleats. I got a pain in my mid-lower back that just tightened up everything. I was told by an ortho I sprained my back (can't remember the exact spot) and did PT and felt fine. I re-injured it the following year trying to lift my dog. I did not seek treatment as I thought it was just the same thing and of course I had a ton of meds leftover. It eventually went away with rest (I was leaving for vacation the next day). Fast-forward to about 6 months ago. I started having pain again out of nowhere it seemed to me. I practice yoga regularly (was daily) and walk my dogs in the morning. I was trying to work my way back up to running. I thought I just needed the stretching and stress relief I get from yoga to help me but I started getting worse. I thought I just had a pirifomus or sacrolitic issue when the pain started to migrate to my left buttock and leg. I decided to go the chiropractic route this time. I found a good deal of relief from the lower back area during treatment but my chiro was concerned that the sciatic pain was not diminishing more so she sent me for an x-ray then mri. Turns out, I had mild compression of the L5-S1 with pressure on the nerves and thecal sac. It was not diagnosed before b/c I was missing a lot of sx. She suggested I contact a neuro for my issue b/c of the thecal sac involvement. It took me 6 weeks to get an appointment with a well known doc. I could walk my dogs but the pain in my leg made me stop frequently and squat to relieve the pressure. I was also still doing yoga albeit with restrictions. I think the movement kept me as mobile as I could be. Five weeks ago, I broke my ankle slipping on ice. The break was not bad but the damage being on crutches, wearing a boot on my left leg and reduced mobility has me way back at square one (possibly worse) AND I had to reschedule my neuro exam. In total, I will have waited for an appt to get answers/relief for 12 weeks. The ortho I saw for my ankle did not exactly have pity on me either. No pain meds at all even when I explained my issue, offered to show him my report and mri and call the doc I had an appt with in the coming weeks. I have been making do with old Percocet, way too much IBU and Biofreeze. The pain in my leg is often excruciating to the point of tears. I am not sure I have ever cried so much in my life. I think the tears are a combo if pain, frustration and fear I will never be as active as I want to be again and the fear that I have maybe done more damage with the fall and boot/crutches. I'd love to avoid injections and/or surgery but there are times when the pain is so bad, I don't care and I would do anything to stop it. I am sorry the explanation is so long but I may have needed to vent a bit. Knowing this pain, I hope to find support and give support as well.