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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
Ha, ha, a jumping up and down contest!! That's to funny, who won? Not you it sounds like. Isnt it funny how fast things like that happen. Then it takes forever to get back to normal or in our case a new normal. I also take Neurontin. I take hydromorphone and zanaflex muscle relaxer. I have tried to come off the pain meds but I just cant make it without them. The spondylolithasis at c4-5 and my fractured vertebra wont let me. I also get very little sleep even with pain meds.
I fractured my back helping my wife move her sewing desk. It is big but I thought if she can lift her end I surely should be able to lift mine. Well we picked it up and started walking it in the house when my back just starting really hurting. I spent the rest of the day on the sofa with a heating pad. I already have pain meds so I just took the weekend and chilled. Monday rolled around and I went to work. I made the whole day but on Tuesday I could hardly move. I told my wife I am going to the E R. They did a CT scan and said wow you have a fractured T12 vertebra. Like you I went back to my neurosurgeon and he ordered MRI. That revealed a large disc bulge at L4-L5 with disc impinging on root nerve, in addition to the fracture higher up. I am out of work yet again.
I go back to neurosurgeon Friday and he will probably want to do Kyphoplasty surgery. They insert a ballon into your vertebra, inflate it and then fill it with cement. I have no idea about the bad disc bulge in lumbar region. I also have no idea about misalignment of c4-c5 except for another fusion surgery. So really if I do everything I will have three more surgeries.
Let me know how you are feeling. Do you think your leg will ever be normal again? Sounds like to me you need to be careful you are getting hurt at the drop of a hat. lol. How is the rest of your spine? I never knew how bad my thoracic and lumbar spines were until three weeks ago. Thanks for taking the time to share Jodee, I really need to vent a little.