new to the Board Herniated L4L5 and Degenerative L5S1
I have been reading on this board for some time now. I just want to introduce myself. So sorry for such a long story.
I'm a 50 year old wife, mother and grandmother. My story started about 1 1/2 yrs ago. I had tripped over my shoe lace (of all things) and fell hard on my left knee on our ceramic floor. Boy... I said a few choice words. I prob should have gone to my Dr. But I'm not one to just go for a fall.
About one month later I started getting pains in my left hip and down my left leg to my foot. My knee was still sore so I didn't think too much of it.
Three month later it was so bad I couldn't sit lay down or stand on it for a long period of time (10-15 mins).
My hubby kept hounding me to go in and see the Dr. So after another month I finally did. He said he didn't see any damage to the knee so sent me to a bone specialist. After another month he discovered I had Bursistus (not sure of the spelling) . And told me that would NOT cause pain to my foot, only to my Knee. And prescribed me Hydrocodone for the pain( that didn't cover half the pain). And it should heal in a month or two. But I still complained about the pain down my leg to my foot.
After another couple of months the pain was still there. So I asked for a second opinion. The new Dr had done an MRI of my lower back. And discovered I had a Herniated disk at the L4L5 and a Degenerative disk at the L5S1. He scheduled me for the steriod injection in the L4L5. And not Therapy since it had been going on for so long (it had been 11 months now). The first injection helped for about 1 1/2 days. Was told he wanted to do a 2nd injection in the L5S1. Said he didn't think it was big enough and didn't think any surgeon would do surgery. He wasn't the one in pain. So two weeks later another one in L5S1. That one no relief after a few hrs.
In the mean time the pain is getting worse in my back, leg and foot. My foot is numb and tingley most of the time. And unable to stand for no longer then 3-4 mins at a time.
So he sent me to my last Dr. He did a physical examination and said I had some obvious nerve damage in my left foot. Not the best news but was so glad to hear there was a reason for my pain. He sat down and explained my situation to my husband and I. He scheduled me for a Nerve Conduction test and an EMG. I go in today to get the results. He also sent me to a Negro surgeon and I see him on the 28th of this month .Dr Connolly thinks its time for surgery since it has been going on so long (now a year and a half). He also gave me Tizanidine 4mg. I take 3 of them at night to help me sleep since I haven't been getting more then a couple of hrs a night. I've been on it for 6 days. And seems to be helping some. Also a pain patch along with my hydrocodone. Just started that yesterday. Still no help.
I know my story sounds a lot like some of you with having to jump through all the hoops with the Dr's before you finally find one that will listen to our pain and not their text books.
Thank you for reading my story.