Lateral Disc Protrusion at L3-L4 Sciatica pain
I have been having shooting pains down my left leg since 8/09. In addition I've had numbnesss in my thigh and shin area on the left side. My reflexes are non-exsistent in my left foot and my left knee. My primary care doctor had me in PT until 12/09. In 11/09 I started having sporadic incidents of urinary incontinence (a small amount of leakage when moving or shifting my body).It is hard to walk with the pain. Sitting and standing are difficult I find I have to constantly shift positions. I went back to my primary care doctor who ordered an MRI 1/10 which showed a far Lateral Disc Protrusion at the lateral aspect of the foramen on the left at L3-L4 with deviation of the left L3 nerve root laterally. My primary care doctor has sent me to a neurosurgeon.
Since last August I also started having abdominal pain in the mid to lower right quadrant. It is like someone is stabbing me in my stomach a very sharp pain. I saw my GI doctor today thinking it was a GI issue (I have had many abdominal surgeries). He had read my chart and saw my MRI from 1/10 that was done that showed the disc protrusion. He is going to do a diagnostic work up to rule out any GI issues but feels that this stabbing pain I get (which is positional and comes intermittenly) is due to my disc protrusion. He called it gut back syndrome. He said it had to do with the irritated nerve at L3 and it was referring pain to the nerves and muscles in my abdomen. Has anyone heard of this?
Also I'm 1 year 5 months post ACDF with plating at the C6-C7 level. After the surgery even though the crushing pain in my left arm was gone I still experienced nerve pains. Zings down my arm and in my neck. If I turn my arm a certain way or my head I get the painful zings. I now go to pain managment as they have determined I have failed laminectomy syndrome. Pain managment helped pretty well at first but now the painful zings in my arm and neck are getting worse. Also I never regained full sensation in my hands or fingers (feels like I have on rubber gloves when I touch things) and I didn't regain full strength in my left arm. Anyone else have this experience? If so I'd be interested in knowing how you cope.