am a 28 year old female. About 3 and a half months ago I was carrying an extremely heavy trash bag. I was dragging the bag on the floor while bent on my right side when suddenly I felt severe shooting stabbing pain in my lower back(on right side) shooting through my right buttock, right groin , back of right thigh. The muscles on my lower back next to vertebral column went in severe spasm and converted into knots which still havent gone. I am still suffering with backpain (right side) and sciatica. Pain is burning and deep in my lower back and buttocks and worsens when i sit or walk. Only laying on my back brings relief and sciatica comes on also when i walk shooting extreme tightness behind my right thigh, knee upto my right calf, sometimes even upto foot. MRI was also done afer 5 weeks of injury but NO disc herniation was observed. I am still in pain and hard to do even daily activities. I am a doctor by profession but I am off work because of pain. I saw a pain/anesthesia speacialist 2 weeks ago who gave a theory that at the time I picked up trash my L5-S1 disk herniated and by the time mri was done it went back however it had done the damage of inflamming my right sciatic nerve which still in not healed. He ordered EMG studies however the neurologist did not do the needle ***** of muscles. he just tested the nerve velocity which was 40 % reduced at L5 to S1 level. Clinically I still have my knee jerk and ankle jerk intact. The pain specialist injected me with epidural steroid 22 days ago some improvement in pain but still not aable to stand , walk for more than few minutes without pain. Also I have tenderness in facet joints of cervical vertebrae and lumbar/sacral vertebrae. Plz advice me. May God bless you.
This must be a very hard time for you. I think it's common after an injury to have lots of pain but not much showing up in tests or scans. You are blessed with lots of nerve endings, complaining about using injured joints and muscles right now.
While I am sure you want to be working, this is time for you to rest and relax, let your body's natural healing do its work. Maybe hydrotherapy would help your healing, maybe hot packs, maybe massage, gentle exercise, pain-interrupting techniques, and so on. Is anyone prescribing physical therapy (which would include these) for you? Since you're a doctor, could you prescribe them for yourself?
Hope you get to feeling better soon!
I wish I had some advice for you, since I know the pain and numbness of Sciatica. But the last post gave you the suggestions that I would have. I am going in for surgery soon, in hopes of healing the nerve damage, but the fact that they don't find a herniated disk...well, I don't know what they will do. I will keep you in my prayers and hope that your Drs. can pinpoint exactly what is wrong and can help.