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I had a discectomy in 98 and again in 2004. My 2004 blowout was pretty major and included a ambulance ride to the emergency room and had some nerve damage in my left leg. They say that nerves do repair to a certain point and what you have after two years is what you get. It took about 3 years of chiro visits and trying to figure out what worked and what didn't to make my back feel better. I was able overcome to the point of no pain. Was even running 5Ks in the summer for many years. Believe it or not running was my therapy. It seemed to keep my back loose and blood flow to it.
This September I was experiencing some SI pain after a running race. I use to have a really good chiro but he gave up practicing and moved to Florida. Anyway I tracked down a new one who wasn't good. I had two visits. I asked not be twisted the first time but let him the second. Not good with a degenerative disc. Hindsight always 20/20 right. I believe that is where my issue stem from. I changed to a different place that does Manual Adhesion Release of the sciatic nerve and was improving quickly. I think I had 5 treatments. Then the Wednesday before Thanksgiving I had a good workout at the gym (45 on the elliptical) then another session with the chirostreacher guy.
Thanksgiving was the start of going downhill. When I would have flare ups in the past with swollen disc I would rely on walking to get it under control. However in this case it was making it worse. I mentioned I had numbness already from my 2004 blowout. It goes down my hamstring, calf and too two my three middle toes. My foot has been my barometer of how my back is doing. Most the time I don't notice the numbness. When it gets tingly I know to back off and go back to walking. In this case the more I walked the worst my numbness was getting and it was spreading. I could tell I lost a little strength in my calf I wake up in the morning pretty good shape but that numbness starts slowly spreading the more I'm up. I don't have any pain in my back. This is really unusual for me.
I went to general doctor and he sent me to get a Cortisone shot. I'm day one after the shot and can't tell much of any difference.
I don't know what to think or do at this point. To me numbness mean paralysis. Its only been less than a month but I have been freaking out over this. I have been down the MRI and surgery route already twice. Should I get a MRI now, Should I give it more time to maybe heal on its own. I have started looking at Stem cell therapy
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