I have two discs bulging. The first is the neck at C6-7, which is described as follows in the MRI report: "There is right paracentral disc bulge, extending into right neural foramen, which is severely narrowed. The left neural foramen is widely patent at this level, but there is mild mass-effect on the cord.
The second disc bulge is at L5-S1. The MRI report states: "There is minimal diminshed signal in the L5-S1 disc consistent with early degeneration. There is a mild diffuse disc bulge at L5-S1. There is a small midline focal disc protrusion.
I have had three ESIs and the last one included a nerve block as well. All were done on the lumbar region (L5-S1).
The problem is that my pain in my legs seems to baffle the doctors at Duke. For a while I was getting a shooting pain in the right leg. This then turned into a stabbing pain in the shin and a burning sensation. I took Neurontin and the pain abated somewhat, but then I started getting numbness/tingling in my right foot. Then cramps on the bottom of the right foot. What's baffling is that the doctors believe the pain should be in the left leg.
So last night my left leg got into the act. I had the sensation of something extremely heavy being placed on my shin. Each step hurts, with this pressure. In addition, the nerves in both legs went nuts. I had twitching so bad I thought the bed was moving. As expected, my legs fell as if I had run a marathon yesterday.
Has anyone else experienced this type of moving pain? What solution did you find?
By the way, when the ESI and nerve block were done, the doctor doing the procedure noted the extreme level of pain and recommended to my regular doctor that I have lumbar surgery. Unfortunately, my doctors are more concerned with my neck and the potential that I may need surgery there and in one of my arms. Obviously, I am falling apart