I'm a husband of 14 years and father of three children (8,10,12 years old). My wife and I have always been active and love being outdoors with hiking, running, jogging, biking etc. I'm an Active Duty Army Nurse who deployed to Iraq in September 2010 for one year. During my deployment I injured my back. The pain was manageable but each year the intensity increased and was uncomfortable. Very noticeable after runs and lifting weights.
year and a half ago my pain was not manageable anymore. In August 2014 I saw my primary care manager (PCM) about my back pain and she ordered an X-ray which obviously didn't show anything but she didn't give me anything for the pain either . I dealt with the pain for a few more months until November and she finally gave me a referral to see a physical therapist. That just made my pain worse! I did that for a few months but it was more like I was torturing myself. I thought I just needed to push through the pain. The medical system can be flawed at times in the military! I unfortunately became a number in the system and instead of trying to help manage my pain, medical personnel started to help me with my behavioral health complications with the deployment. I didn't understand why I wasn't being help with my back pain in conjunction with receiving treatment from Behavioral Health. My pain gradually got worse each week even to the point that I went to the ER three times. I finally got an MRI scheduled at the end of March 6 weeks out. It took another 4 weeks to get the results read from my PCM, This was June of 2015. I have four bulging discs, L4-L5 and L5-S1 are more severe and pressing against a nerve which was causing my shooting pain that I was dealing with for about 3-4 months as well. Mind you, I never received any pain meds during this time. At the time that I received my MRI results my PCM said, oh you have 4 bulging discs. But she was so surprised to actually have found something. I almost cried, I had been treated so poorly and thought that maybe all of this pain is just in my head. My treatment at the ER was also reprehensible. So I will fast forward to now, I've had 2 epidurals with steroid injections, RFA (Radio Frequency Ablation), trigger point injections and none of it relieved pain. I've had a TENS unit that I used for abut once I was done using it for 30 minutes I would get shooting pain through out my body. I stopped that immediately! My neurosurgeon wants to give me a fusion. I can still walk. I have been given opioids to manage my pain. It does manage my pain but I'm lethargic, I'm constipated, I can't drive anywhere. It dictates everything I do which sucks. I've gained 35lbs in one year. It's been very depressing!
So my wife and I have been researching different interventions that I could discuss with my neurosurgeon and my wife ran
across this Pro Disc L. I am asking anyone that has had the procedure
about any complications and outcomes with their procedure. Or does anyone suggest another type of procedure that has helped them or a family member? I am willing to look into anything. I appreciate
your time in reading this and responding.