I read on here frequently but I have never posted anything. I am possibly looking for someone who may have had similar symptoms to what I am experiencing. I just don't know what to do next, and I'm not looking for advice, I know you're not doctors, just maybe some guidance on what has worked for others.
I'm a 36 year old male. 5'8 165lbs.
I started in my early 20's with some pretty intense sciatica. I drove an hour to work and sat on a wallet with way too much useless crap in it. I saw a chiro and everything pretty much went back to normal.
Then around ages 22-30 I would have spasm episodes in my lower back from various things. Anything from flushing the toilet to swinging a golf club to picking something up off the floor. I never saw a back doctor, just chiropractors which always seemed to give me some relief. And these weren't just a little twitch or a little pain, I literally could barely move for 3-5 days.
In 2015 the sciatica came back. I didn't know what to do so I went back to a chiro, I paid through the nose for "decompression therapy" or some places call it traction. Every time I was on the machine for 15-20 minutes I would have to lay there for almost another half hour before I could move due to another terrible spasm. After 2 months of therapy I felt great, sciatica basically gone, low back pain very minimal. I stopped doing the traction and just went in for normal adjustments. About a month later, the sciatica came right back, even worse than it was before. Because the traction is so expensive and not covered by my insurance, I decided to go without and just deal with it.
Then in June of 2016 I was golfing with my dad, and I took what I believe to be my final golf swing ever. I heard a pop and Immediately went into spasm. From there on I have had constant pain/sciatica/muscle spasms that is incredibly painful. I started off on norco 5's. Then up to norco 7.5's, then to percocet 7.5 which I am currently still taking. I have tried neurontin, and cymbalta, those both did not agree with me. My doctor recently suggested we could possibly try suboxone, which I've read some have had good luck with.
Some of the procedures I've had done this year:
4 level lumbar rhizotomy in Jan
2 level lumbar bilateral steriod in March and another in April
SI joint steroid injection in June.
Just had an MRI done on Monday and the doctor says there isn't anything else he can help with and they are referring me to a rheumatologist. When I look at the MRI on my computer, I see two discs that are black. Both of them are pushing into whatever the white spot is on the right side, so I'm not sure what this means, but the doctor seems to think everything is ok.
Thanks for reading, please share any thoughts you may have.