Hello all. I really came into the forum because I just don’t know where to turn to at the moment. People really try to be understanding, but all in all they don’t quite get where I am coming from. I’m 33, female, and have been working in agriculture the last 10 years.
Before all this I had just been having some sharp, mild pain in my hip/butt region for roughly 6 months. It had been intermittent. Lasting a couple weeks, pain free a couple of weeks, so on and so forth.
On December 10 I was walking at work and felt a sudden, severe pain in my right leg. I powered through my work day, got home, went to bed. When I got up the next morning I couldn’t bare weight on that leg... that’s a pain I don’t wish on anyone... EVER. Long story short, went to the ER, had a CT done that showed a lot but the main problem being a herniated disc at L4 L5 that could be pressing on the L5 root. Went and saw my PCP later that day, she ordered an MRI and gave me a referral to the Spine Center.
I had the MRI on the 16 that showed:
Straightening of the normal lumbar lordosis. Modic Type ll end plate changes at L5-S1.
T12-L1: Shallow disc bulge
L1-L2: Minimal disc bulge
L2-L3: Shallow disc bulge. Central annular tear. Mild facet hyperthropy.
L3-L4: Shallow disc bulge with a superimposed broad shallow central protrusion. Mild facet hyperthropy.
L4-L5: Diffuse disc bulge with a superimposed right subarticular extrusion with inferior migration which impinges on the right L5 nerve root. Mild central canal narrowing. Mild bilateral neural foraminal narrowing. (The problem child at the moment.)
L5-S1: Disc osteophyte complex. Mild facet hyperthropy. Mild central stenosis. Mild bilateral neural foraminal narrowing.
So Rehabilitation and Pain Services Specialist does my weakness and relax testing on the 26th. Suggests one epidural injection to see if it would help and immediately refers me to the Neurosurgeon for surgery consultation. They actually got me in right then, they decide they want to see how one shot goes and then it’s straight into the microdiscectomy on L4-L5.
I had the shot on Jan 2nd, and it helped a little for about 2 weeks. I could stand straight after the shot at least and the pain was definitely more manageable. I loved sleeping in bed. Roughly 3 days ago the shot seemed to wear off. First day was standing/walking for 10 minutes then the pain would kick. Second day was 3 minutes and wouldn’t get relief from what was giving relief. Today... it’s all the time with mild symptoms in my left leg along with the extreme pain, weakness, and tingling in my right. I hate that it seems bilateral at the moment. And I’m back in the recliner at night.
In all this I took 3 weeks off work, then came back on a conditional light duty as we are waiting for WC to approve or deny the claim. Which also has me waiting for any action what so ever. I hate being in this limbo. I just want to feel better.
The MRI scared me. It looks like a bomb that may go off or may stay silent. It has me thinking about other options for work because I’m young and the back doesn’t reflect that.
I feel for you all that have that have been dealing with this longer. It’s horrible.