I am very positive that this is a common theme for this forum but I felt the need to create a new discussion regarding my situation. I am a firefighter recently injured while on a call. I was transported in to the ER due to sudden sharp back and neck pain with a vision change, right leg and left arm numbness and constant vomiting for approximately 5 hours. A CT was done in the ER with the findings of disc herniation at L5/S1.
Over the next few days all symptoms disappeared, except for the back pain, which decreased in severity but remained constant. Over the following month I participated in routine DR visits and PT where I saw improvement in rotation but still pain during left lateral bending and any time I stood up. Pressure on the area of L5/S1 causes sharp pain and when I stand of bend forward I feel sharp pain in my right sciatic area (deep in my pelvis). The movement of standing up and moving my pelvis under my spine (the best description that I can come up with) causes great pain anywhere from 50-90% of the time, even to this day which is a month an a half after the injury.
I have also tested out two pain relievers (which don't touch the pain at all), one muscle relaxer (which only knocks me out for me to wake up drowsy and still in pain), and one narcotic (which makes me nauseous).
The occupational health Dr took numerous x-rays and reported finding nothing and it was only through preforming physical movements in front of him that he explained that I was not "faking" the pain. I was then referred to a spinal surgeon who FINALLY put in the order for an MRI which I had last week. I am now in a holding patter for the next two weeks until I can get in to see the surgeon for a follow-up/review of MRI results.
PT helped for about two weeks and then leveled off. The surgeon recommended stopping PT and doing an at-home routine which I have followed and paced myself as well. I notice that I have pain, or at the very least extreme pressure, during most body weight movements. I have also slowly introduced some weight lifting exercises at a very light weight and higher reps and noticed that it is very uncomfortable and I feel like my leg wants to give out at times.
In reviewing the report myself I get the overall impression that the findings are not too remarkable. I am a little shocked considering that the amount of pain that I experience intermittently throughout the day. At the very least I am very uncomfortable with sitting, standing for long period of time and all bending forward or backward. The results mention a 3mm broad mid line disc protrusion, no nerve displacement or impingement, mild dextroscoliosis, disc degeneration at L5-S1 with moderate disk spacing, retrolisthesis and no evidence of impingement.
I see a lot of "unremarkable" and "no evidence of impingement" comments in the findings as well and get the impression that it is not going to be a big deal at the follow-up but once again, I am concerned about the symptoms that have not gone away or even subsided.
Is there anyone here with any insight or comments or similar history? I would appreciate any help.