I injured my back in Feb, 2000, (they now believe that this is when I blew my disc). I went through all kinds of the misdiagnosing doctors, untill one finally sent me for an mri, thats where they found a center disc herniation at L5-S1. This was in july of 2001. I went through all of the conservative treatments, painkillers, therapy, injections and other hoops that they make you jump through, before finally having the surgery in febuary of 2002. I did get relief for a couple of months from the pain, but was constantly sick and in pain battling painkiller addiction. Once I finally kicked, I started to notice the pain in my back was getting stronger, and my skin on my outer right thigh would tingle. How weird.
So, ok now my skin on the outside of both legs goes totally numb when I stand or walk for a period of time and the pain in my back is as bad as it used to be and I have already been put back on the narcotic painkillers, and stopped taking them because I felt I was losing control.
I have had another mri and a million x-rays, one doc diagnosed me with scar tissue pulling on a nerve root. Now the spine clinic that he referred me to, said I have substantial arthritis in the facet joints at the injury location.
I am in worse shape now than i was before surgery and my question is.....Did walking around with a bad herniated disc for 2 years cause this arthritis??? Does anyone have the same problem or any input?