First off, sorry Susie for replying to Pie without the introductory post (newby to forums in general here
, so here's my story.
Going on 20 years now, I've had bouts of back/leg pain which progressed to include numbness & tingling. The bad episodes would last several weeks, then subside. After about
10 years, it moved to the other side. Then the episodes would involve one leg/buttock or the other and it would last a couple of months. MRI revealed herniated disc at L4-5 and 3 other bulging discs. Did 6 months of PT which did little.
10 months ago I got the double whammy, both sides at once. New MRI showed the herniated disc had moved toward the midline and more stenosis. 4 epidurals from January to May (I know, one too many!). The first 2 game me partial relief, the second 2 almost total relief (YIPEE!)
Those 2 lasted exactly 4 weeks. :-( . New PT helped, but still not where I want to be.
It's gotten progressively worse, pain, numbness, tingling. I can walk, do the elliptical, sit if I get propped up just right, but I cannot stand.
My right outer shin feels like somebody is throwing ice water on it. My left calf feels like something hot is sticking in me.
History of stomach ulcers stop me from taking NSAIDs except in extreme episodes. Narcotics throw me for a loop and bring out my inner monster. So I just deal with it until I can't, then swallow a 600mg IB and pray.
So off to see the wizard I go. He said minimally invasive bilateral laminectomy will fix me right up.