Hi! I am a 32 year old active and healthy female with no history of back problems until October of 2016. Woke up with severe stiff back, pain, and inability to lift legs. Bed rest, massage, and back at it in a week.
March of 2017 I was holding my truck up and lifted a 50 lb bag of chicken feed with one hand. Immediately felt funny, but not until 2 days later did I know there was a prob. Couldn't sit up, sit/stand, walk, sleep, and had pain down leg. Bed rest, stretching, walking, and 3 visits to osteopath and I was on the road to recovery. Suspected disc issue, but 2 months lately almost fully pain free. Was also lifting and working out with a personal trainer throughout the injury, but being aware of back always.
4 weeks ago, huge sneeze, dropped me to my knees and I immediately stretched. Pain from back to toes. Had some "sciatica" annoyance for 2 weeks, but continued to workout and was able to modify positions to help the pain. Week 3, can't stand, walk, lay, bend, nothing. Calf pain out of this world, thought I had a blood clot. Back hasn't hurt much in this time frame, but now suddenly limping and in severe pain. Saw osteopath and MRI ordered due to diminished ankle reflexes and 5 day prednosione and muscle relaxers.
Week 4, pain worse and inability to walk on toes. Few days later into week 4 and getting some reflexes back and able to walk on toes, but still severe pain, cramping, muscle atrophy, inability to sleep. Prescribed gabapentin 100 mg a.m, p.m, & 300 mg bed time. Doesn't seem to help. Waking in early hours crying and trying to walk out severe cramps. Tingling in foot, increased limping with walking, calf tightness, cold toes, and just straight up constant pain.
Large central/left paracentral disc herniation at l5-s1, displacing the proximal left s1 nerve root sleeve and with superior migration of disc. There is also a small central annular tear at l4-l5.
Referral to neurosurgeon and told they will call based on severity. Got a call the next day after they received and reviewed my MRI (thur) appointment scheduled for this Monday.
I am very anti surgery, but with the nerve pain and diminished reflexes, if they suggest surgery I think I would do it.
Wondering if anyone has same MRI findings and symptoms and if they recovered without surgery? Or if you did have surgery has your life resumed back to normal? I'm not a take it easy kinda person and I don't want the rest of my life to be me taking it easy. I'd rather strengthen my core and back and never have this happen again.
Having surgery worries me that I will have restrictions my entire life. However my osteopath said sometimes it comes down to loss of reflexes being the key to surgery and the reason it's needed.
Sorry for the book. Thanks for reading