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Learn how a lumbar disc herniates and
can cause lower back pain
Sciatica is leg pain caused by a
problem in the low back.
See how a disc degenerates and how it can cause pain and other symptoms
dmo said: Hi littlelor, I am also having I acdf c5-c7 soon. I am also worried about a million things that could happen. I am tired of the pain, the muscle stiffness, headaches and arm pain. I hope everything goes well for you and you don't need surgery but with your symptoms, I believe all this cervical garbage will rear its ugly head again. dmo
Great to hear you are doing so well. Wish I could say the same. I am five months out from surgery. The surgery itself was not so bad, took pain meds and muscle relaxers for about a month four times a day. I backed off to two to three times a day now. After two months I thought I would fully recover. At three months all my old symptoms returned. I now have neck pain, arm pain and shoulder blade pain. Nothing really new, its just I thought surgery would fix my pain. I really wish I had not had surgery as I hurt as much now as before.
To make matters worse I now have a compression fracture of my T-10 vertebra. I am waiting to see if Neurosurgeon wants to do kyphoplasty. When I had my last mri, because I was having so much lower back pain, I learned I now have a bulging disc at L-4 L5. It is compressing root nerve on right side. I also did flex and extend xrays on cervical spine and was told now my C4 disc does not line up with my two level fusion. It is call spondylolithasis. That may be why I still have neck issues.
Again I am glad you are doing well along with others here. I just wish I was also.
Did you have fasciotomy to relieve compartment syndrome? I know it can also be a limb saving procedure. Wow to you too!! What is weird for me is during the day my back actually hurts more than my neck. I take my pain pills for that. At night when I go to bed if I lie flat on my back I get good lumbar pain relief. Then my neck starts hurting causing stabbing pain into my left shoulder blade. This is my third time out on disability from work. I am just waiting to lose my job soon. The last few years are just the worst of my life pain wise. I am just not the same person. I might be looking at another two surgeries. Not sure I can take that.
I get up about an hour after I go to bed from pain. It is usually about three or four in the morning before I get about three hours of sleep. That usually comes from complete exhaustion. Anyway, I am glad others are doing well and I hope you continue to get better also.
All your leg issues sound horrible. It makes my head spin just to think about it. Is all your pain nerve pain? What pain meds do you take? You don't say to much about your cervical issues anymore.
I know what you mean about pain just pulling you down. I get up some days and just have no zest for life. I am not working so I feel helpless. I hurt most of the time and live on pain killers, muscle relaxers and nerve meds. I am sick of watching tv. My wife tells me to enjoy my time off. I just cant because I am in a state of high anxiety all the time. I need to see a psychologist or somebody. I have no idea how to find one. I do see a pain management dr and have been for probably seven years. I am afraid to appear unstable for fear of losing my pain meds.
You are much younger than I, which is a shame. You shouldn't have to deal with this at your age. My youngest has been out of the house for years. Its just the two of us now. How did all these leg issues start?