This happened to me today.
I was feeling a sharp stinging pain in my left hip/trochanter region and it felt like needles were stinging me.
Because I have L5-S1 left herniation (that I had a discectomy to repair) I still have the radicular symptoms associated with it. So every time something happens I'm convinced that my back will severely herniate and I'll end up in the ER again.
After thinking about
it, I realized its probably just a hip bursitis.
Saw the neurosurgery PA last week and he said "the best hope we have now is that there is still something surgical to repair and it's not just nerve damage". He said I have the back of a 70 year old and I'm 38. He showed me the MRI and to be fair, it really looks crappy. Modic changes. And the herniation that was repaired in May 2011 was "a total disaster". It was in the axilla of the nerve root, which is a mess, because the entire nerve was displaced from the herniation and disc fragments had started to migrate down the sciatic nerve. I guess that's bad.
It's so depressing to still have these symptoms after having surgery. The leg pain. The back pain. The butt pain. Sitting is the worse, which I have to do all day. The pain is always there. At night I just feel this pulsating pain in that nerve distribution.
I think the thing that scares me the most is what if there really is nothing to fix? Then what? Because I'll do another surgery. I'll do injections. I will do whatever to help this resolve, but I think this will always be with me.
Full disclosure: I'm a physician assistant. I wrote my 55 page thesis in grad school on chronic low back pain in primary care AND I didn't even have back pain then. My ex-boyfriend did and it was sort of a love letter to him. The crux of the argument: don't have back surgery.
For what it's worth, and I hear this from patients all day long, many people like to see PA's because we spend more time with patients. I know some of you have not had good experiences with my colleagues but if you ever saw me as a patient I might change your mind.
I have ultimate respect for doctors. My dad is a doc, my ex-fiancé is a doc. I know how hard they train and would never try to claim I'm the same. I always correct people if tey call me "doctor".
Sorry for the ramble. Thanks for listening.
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Post Edited By Moderator (Screaming Eagle) : 3/14/2012 6:52:52 AM (GMT-6)