Hi everyone. I'm new here. My name is Julie. I'm 36 years old and have been living with chronic back pain for almost 11 years.
I started with a small herniatiin at L4-5. I've saw a Chioparator once ... Huge mistake, did physical therapy (aquatic) and had a total of 5 epidural injections in 2005 (3) & 2007 (2) . From 2007 to 2014, I have occasional flare ups, but nothing too bad. Then July 2014, that all changed. What I thought was just a flare up, became the most painful one I've had and it's still an issue. I had a series of injections ( Aug, Dec, & March), they gave me absolutely no relief at all.
My doctor said my only option now is surgery.
I had an MRI August 2014, that showed the L4-5 herniation to now be large (opposed to small 10 yrs prior) and it showed a annular tear at L5-S1.
I had another MRI last week. I got the report today, which states the herniation and tear have significantly progressed and I now have flattening of the thecal sac.
The pain these last 2 weeks has been almost unbearable!! Currently I'm prescribed Gabapentin, Tramadol, Tylenol 3, Flexaril, Ibuprofen. It all does wonders for my back, but none of it seems to be helps my hip & leg pain. I work at a hospital and sit and a desk for 8 hours a day, which is extremely painful.
So finally, my questions ....
1). Any suggestions on what I can do to help relieve my hip & leg pain?
2). What can I expect with surgery?
Thanks in advance for reading. Sorry for the novel.