[QUOTE=Kari7171]Upon further examination I notice that it is to the left a little. Maybe it is an inflammation around the disc that was damaged. I know when I had surgery one time I had a big lump on the edge of where they made the cut. That was at my belly button though. I wonder how long before it will go down. I think I will ice pack it tonight and see if that helps.[/QUOTE]
I have injured L5 and that S1 "thingie" L3-4 and L4-5 herniation and annular tears, all around those L's and S's, but I like you noticed a lump to the right of my "butt dimples" (for lack of proffessional terms!
) and it was sore, so I mentioned it to my PM doc, and he said it was probably an inflamed trigger point. So he prescribed some cream that has lidocane, baclofen, and a couple other anti-inflammatory agents in it, and it DID eventually shrink. I can still feel it, if I press real hard, but not like before. From what I hear, these trigger points, especially around the lumbar are that is injured are common. LIke the other poster said, you lose all humiliation when you have lower lumbar injuries cuz they are so close to your hiney! LOL
Ask about inflamed trigger points when you see your doc. Did you say you were healing from surgery? That's great! I am finally taking the plunge to see if they can't fix the mess in my lower back this year, since it all started nearly 3 years ago. I am to the point now, where my left leg can't be raised on its own, it needs a little "help". I have a really good shuffle going on!
And when I try to raise my right foot toward my shin, it looks like some kind of cartoon gone bad, all shakey and jerky.
Well, that's what I get for waiting so long. We had to empty out what was left of our 401K for me to have the surgery.
Great to hear you are healing! And IMO you may just have an inflammed trigger point. I too thought bad things. I was like "YIKES, CANCER!" But it was nothing but my lumbar hiney misbehaving.
Good luck to you.