Hi all! I want to start by saying that this site has been such a great way for me to find people to relate to and get information from.
A little about me. I'm a 33 year old female. For the past 6 years, my back would "go out" for lack of a better term about once a year. It would always be a muscular issue, and would resolve on its own with in a few days if I just rested. My new year resolution this year was to really get a handle on my body and back issues. I will say that I am a very athletic woman. I used to run about 5k a day but always had very tight hamstring due to my lack of stretching. Anyhow, I decided that I would hire a private Pilates instructor and really focus on the strengthening and stretching of my back, legs and body. On my third session with my instructor, he had me do a move where I was standing on my right leg, and had my left leg in a harness reaching forward towards my toes. Immediately I felt something happen. Now since I am not familiar with sciatica pain, I looked at him and thought that I had pulled a hamstring. For the next 6 weeks I hobbled around in pain that got to the point that I finally went to the dr. I hadn't been able to sleep, I would wake up in the middle of the night to vomit. It was excruciating. An mri done with my family dr showed that my l5-s1 nerve root was being crushed by an 11mm herniation. At this point I knew that I needed to go see a spinal specialist. I wanted to get a handle on this situation, because surgery wasn't an option for me. Well at least that's what I thought. During my consultation with the neurosuergon I was immediately rushed into surgery and had a microdoscestomy 3 hours later. I was worst case scenario because what I thought was a bladder infection (this was all happening at the same time) was actually cauda equina syndrome and surgery was my only option. Terrifying!!
I am now 9 weeks post op. For the first 6 weeks I was doing okay. I still had nerve pain, but it was manageable. Week 7 I was sure that I had done something to myself. I begged the dr for another mri, and of course it showed that not only was there still a piece of disc pushing against my nerve, but that I had now officially herniated All of my disc. Now I'm not sure if this was his problem. Maybe he didn't get all of the disc? Or if I had somehow pushed the piece out at some point (I had been so careful !) I'm back on a med pac for 6 days and given neurontin 300mg 3 times a day for the next month. Has anyone else ever had this problem? What happens now that I don't have a disc at all. My dr seems to think that I will be perfect, and that everything just needs to calm down. I can't live with this pain anymore. Plus the emotional distress that is has caused me was something that I wasn't prepared for. If anyone has had a similar issue please post your experience. I am hoping that this will all resolve itself really soon. If you are reading this post I know it's because you've had similar issues, and I just want to say that I understand and I wish you luck.