Hi, I'm new here! I'm Julia, 38 and have 2 herniated discs in my lower back. I found this out 10 months ago when hospitalized for severe lower back pain/innability to urinate. After a week in the hospital and a few days at home, along with some in-home physical therapy (for one week), the pain subsided and didn't return until 2 days ago. On Saturday, I moved a chair and am back to where I can't stand up straight to walk and only feel comfortable lying down on a heating pad. How long should I expect this to last? Has anyone had similar symptoms, how often did this occur and what did you do about it? I am taking some anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxors and lying on the heating pad. I will call the doctor tomorrow, as it has been a holiday weekend. Thanks for any advice. Love, Julia
Thank you so much for your help! I will search for your post. I'm concerned that it may take awhile to get in to be seen by a good spine specialitst. Any recommendations in the meantime? I guess I can go to see the last doc who saw me (though he was not a spine specialitst) in the meantime. Is it possible that this will just go away on it's own and I'll wake up tomorrow and able to stand up straight????? The thought of surgery/hospitalization frightens me a bit. Thanks for any advisement. Love, Julia
Like Quietcook, I would recommend a spine specialist. I have had three surgeries on my spine. I would compare them like classical music and heavy metal...
As far as what do now, its a good question. Back/Nerve pain can be very strange. It can come and go, or it can remain constant. First thing is to get out of pain. We usually can't function with a severe amount of pain, especially if you can't stand up. If you are in pain, I would see a Dr for pain management. I would try and find a spine specialist if possible. I think if you can get out of pain, and are able to wait to get in, it will be worth it.
Surgery may be inevetible. Luckily there are good advancements to spine surgeries that were not available a few years ago. Most Dr's recommend trying other mean of fixing the problem before going to surgery. This may be PT, or Injections, etc. Sometimes though, it can only be helped with surgery.
If you can wait to get into a good spine specialist that would probably be the best bet. Sometimes it can't wait though. Spine conditions vary, so only you and your Dr will know. Good luck and hope all goes well.