hey all, I am 35 and have been dealing with low back pain for years, but 2 years ago something fired up right above my butt and I lost feeling in my right leg - knee to ankle, skin level. There is an intense pain always in the shin, underneath the skin numbness which feels like i kicked a trailer hitch with my shin. that goes up my knee and across my quad, wraps around my hip and walks my wait line where my back bends and goes into my L3, L4 and L5. It feels like a knife right above my butt. When it happened I could not put weight on my leg at all and I though something had ruptured inside of me it was so bad. I was incapacitated. 2 years later and I still am dealing with lots of sharp and intense pains without much of a road towards a solution. I also get sharper pains, day to day in my groin, which was told to me that I am having early hip arthritis and will probably need a replacement at some time. but no real answers for now.
The Dr.'s tell me I am complicated and have yet to give me a straight diagnosis with a plan to fix. I am going to see a specialist tomorrow after waiting for 3-1/2 months for the referral. I enrolled in PT myself. Sometimes it has helped reduce 10-30 percent of the pain. I have gone to acupuncture, massage therapy, chiro, and none do much. Massage helps the most but is short-lived and can aggravate things like crazy. I have heard lots of terms... acute degenerative discs, 2 herniated discs, a few bulging discs, hip arthritis, low back arthritis, radiculpathy, microdisectomy and I am being referred for an SI joint fusion, but my MRIs show no signs of abnormality.
A year into it I was prescribed 3-4.5 10/325 percocets a day. I take 1and a half each time, and it will buy me an hour before the pain starts to come back. The pain meds help. They reduce the pain for a bit. I was taking almost triple that this summer (2016) but I reduced to where I am. I could easily take more than that but I am not going to. I tried long acting meds but they never have provided any relief.
So Every day is filled with pain. Sometimes a little less and I get hopeful that my body is healing itself and I think I should be good to go in no time, and then comes more pain and usually days of incapacitation.
Ive received about 10-15 shots this year. Some were just lidocaine to test areas before cortisone shots. I also had a nerve ablation and it seemed to reduce pain in the low back/butt but not the leg, but after 2 weeks pain came back with a vengeance and I could hardly walk. I couldn't get out of bed for a few days and could not walk for more than 20 seconds. I recently began counseling for dealing with the chronic pain and depression. I wanted to make sure I was working on something I could control. I can't control my physical pain, yet. but I can control my mindset... or at least I am telling myself that
The shin pain is the worst and walking increases the pain until it builds up. I might have a few good days and then it will spike making it nearly impossible to function. Just trying to keep up for the family. When I walk, the most pain comes from when my right leg is behind my upper body (taking a step forward with the leg. That position/extension of the right legs quad send shockwaves of pain into the shin and up into my low back. Its
I lean to one side and can't pull myself straight. If the pain isn't too strong in my leg and back, it might buy my upper body time to try to straighten up, but its hit or miss and day to day.
I know there are people with far worse pain and mobility issues, but I feel like I have gotten worse.
well, thanks for reading. I wondered if anyone else had anything similar or if I am really just complicated as they say.
Looking for some answers.