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Fall on ice

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This is my first time here. After reading a bunch of posts, I think I've found the right place! I had a microD L5-S1 in July 2007. I had so much pain and numbness on my left side that I couldn't stand it anymore and went ahead with the surgery. When I woke up, the pain and numbness were gone - it was great! Unfortunately, 3 weeks later, that same pain running down my butt and into my hamstring and the numbness in my left heel returned. I knew the disc had reherniated. I had an MRI that confirmed my fears. The doc said I should try PT, which I've been doing on and off for the past year and a half. Long story short...I had a bit of a relapse a couple months ago and returned once again to PT. I was actually feeling a bit better until last Monday when I slipped on a patch of ice and landed on my tailbone/butt. Ironically, the patch of ice was right outside the entrance to my PT clinic! I'd find that amusing if I weren't so mad about the fact that they didn't put salt down! So I've just taken about 20 steps backward in my recovery.

I'm wondering if there is anyone else out there who has fallen like this and had a recurrance of pain/numbness/etc.



  • This sounds so familiar. I fell twice in one year same spot same situation. You would think I would learn not to walk outside in my slippers L) Anyway after doing these twice within a 2wk time span, I couldn't walk upright for over 2 wks. Then I would reinjure myself once a yr for about 6 yrs until it finally didn't heal after a couple of weeks-months like before so my doc finally did mri and found L5-S1 bulge but said it wasn't enough to be hurting this bad. I did over 1 yr conservative treatments until they did discogram and found out the disc was worse off than they expected. I had the fusion 7/1/08 and felt ok for a couple of months and now I am in worse pain than before with the added nerve pain down both legs instead of just one like before. I also get numbness and pins and needles in my feet, calves and thighs that I didn't have before fusion.

    Anyway, I don't mean to ramble on about myself. I just wanted you to know I know how you feel. This is a great group of people and I'm glad that you joined. I hope you find a lot of help, support and advise here. I have no doubt you will. I am so glad I found this site. Everyone is great! Good luck with everything and keep in touch.
  • I had my laminectomy/discectomy and I reherniated within 2 months. But we were moving, so I was delayed in doing anything about it. While moving down to the new state, I fell in a restaurant parking lot. That was the day I learned just how numb my feet were. I wasn't picking them up properly to walk and slight uneven pavement "took me out". It was awful.

    I was in surgery within 2 weeks. That fall caused my reherniated to extrude and start floating up my spinal canal. I was not happy. But after that, I learned to be very very careful when I walked.

    I ended up having 3 surgeries that year, and unfortunately, still have that pain and numbness. It was permanent damage, I found out, and while the surgeries finally helped stabilize my back, they didn't help my pain and numbness that I had had since day one.

    I hope you have success with PT, though. Just try to not bend, lift or twist AT ALL and give your disc a chance to suck back in. This was recommended to me when it was a little too late. Wish I had taken it seriously.

    Take care,

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  • I've been told that I may need to have fusion, but I'm scared to death to do it. It sounds like it didn't help you. I'm so sorry about all the pain you're in. I hope you find some relief soon.
  • Thank you for your advice. I do take it as easy as possible, but it's so hard. So you still have the pain and numbness? Would you mind telling me a bit about the SCS?
  • I misstepped on uneven pavement outside chiro(they only did TENs there) I felt 10X worse after that! I hope it's temporary for you and you get better. How long will you do treatment before surgery? And do you get a discogram again? Feel better. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! =D> we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. perhaps with some rest and time you will be feeling better. =D> regardless, i want to say hi! make yourself at home and have a good look around. i look forward to reading your posts. Jenny :)
  • Thanks to all for the support. I've definitely come to the right place!

    Charry...I really don't want to have another surgery, so I'm trying everything I can to avoid it. The PT was working slowly but surely until I fell. I'm going to see my neurosurgeon tomorrow - he'll probably order another MRI (that will be my 7th MRI in 1.5 years!). So I guess I'll wait to see what shows up on that before I make any decisions. I haven't had a discogram, but have heard they are not pleasant at all!

    Jenny...thanks! I really appreciate it, and I will be checking back in frequently. It's nice to know I'm not alone.

  • Hi Laura,

    I have taken a couple of spills like that on the ice. The worst was when I slipped on my back stairs and landed on my rear. I am terrified when I have to go out and walk on the snow or ice for just that reason, but I have found that sometimes taking a course of oral steroids will help with the inflammation that is a result of such a fall.

    I hope that you find something that will help you get your pain back under control.
  • I just finished the Medrol pack of steroids, and I think they helped a little. Thanks so much!
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