Hello all, I'm new here but here's my situation. I'm a 34 yr old man, back in 2004 I had my first memorable back pain. I woke up early and was in the worse pain I'd ever felt in my life and could hardly move my legs. My wife at the time took me to my primary care physician and that's where the journey began, MRI, CT scan, multiple x-rays was even sent to a cancer treatment center to be tested for bone cancer had myleogram and numerous other tests all were negative for cancer. I was then sent to a spine and neurosurgery center where they took more x-rays and another MRI and they determined that I had a couple of issues 1) Spina bifida occulta 2) scoliosis 3)degenerative disc disease and then possible treatment options were discussed. Surgery seemed to be the best option for the Spina bifida occulta and they could correct my scoliosis while in there. Well, me being young and never felt pain like this I agreed to a bilateral fusion of the L4-5,S1 level. The surgery was done and for a couple of weeks I was relieved then the pain began, intense pain, I began having trouble feeling my leg it was numb and tingly all the time sometimes it felt like I had a cellphone vibrating in my leg. The pain seemed to radiate from my lower back to my left hip and down the back of my left leg intoy foot the pain was immense and I was having to use a cane to walk 6mos after my first surgery. I had been for check-ups at the spine and neurosurgery center and explained to them what I was experiencing I was told that I must've done something to aggravate or instigate the pain since I was okay for a few weeks, just take it easy and you should get better. I wouldn't have it, I told them that there was something wrong because I had never had any issue with my leg going numb or the pain worsening after causing a scene I was scheduled for another MRI and a nerve conduction study, the tests revealed that I had a bony overgrowth that had partially severed my sciatic nerve that another surgery was needed ASAP to try and repair the nerve damage and get rid of the overgrowth... I agreed and the second surgery was done in July 05, I have not since then been without the nerve pain in my hip and left leg.
I have been to numerous Drs and they have no problem writing me pain meds to help manage the pain but they caused stomach problems and it seemed like they never really offered much relief just made me want to get up and do something that would usually hurt me more so I stopped taking them and tried other alternatives like exercises,yoga, physical therapy, heating pads all seem to help with mobility but the pain never goes away it wakes me in the night keeps me from doing things that my peers do like playing softball or football or just hiking I can barely hold my daughter. I've got just my new wife a two girls and I try to do more than I'm able because I don't want them to feel oppressed by my pain. I've been dealing with this for 12 years now it's put me through a divorce and brought me to my knees more than once and to this day i still struggle with the pain. I still haven't given up though some days are very difficult I know that I must go on for my children and there must be something that can help me.
I am writing here today to try and get some input maybe someone else has been through this. I've read some forum's on here and y'all offer great support and advice, I hope that I didn't write too much of a run on sentence and any input would be greatly appreciated.
Still looking for comfort