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Old 06-03-2014, 10:47 PM   #1
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L5 hern disc - post treatment issues

I have seen posts about a couple of the issues I have, but, I haven't seen any advice on how to ease the pain I'm having.
I felt my left buttock get extremely tight on 4/15 and woke up in excruciating pain from my hip muscle (front of leg) to my knee with no back pain other than my left glute. Long story short, I was on crutches, had CT, xray, and MRI done on my thigh, suffered extreme cramping from a MASSIVE knot at the top of my quad, a bigger knot about dead center that was full of fluid, a pulled groin, and a knot on either side of my quad right above the knee and my shin was numb almost from the knee down.
Took the sports medicine doctor two weeks to send me to the never specialist who diagnosed me almost instantly with a L5 herniated disc. He suggested I do the cortisone shot treatment to which I approved.
I just had my third shot (over thirty days) last week. I'm feeling quite a bit better, rehabbing my leg kind of sucks, but, the knots in my thigh are really loosening up.
Some days are worse than others, but one constant is the pain worsening at bed time. I any get comfortable, I can't get my leg to relax, it cramps and spasms like CRAZY! I've tried ice, I've tried a hot bath (with and without Epsom salt) and nothing seems to work.
My biggest issue now as far as pain goes is in my shin and foot. Until my last shot, it was numb, now however, it feels like an open blister from about halfway down my shin, through the ankle and about half of my foot (all on the inside of the leg).
I'm on Neurotin, cyclobenzaprene, and a prescription anti-inflammatory. I was on Tylenol 3, but, it wasn't really doing much for me as it was so I switched to regular otc Tylenol. NOTHING seems to help this shin pain!! I've only been getting two to four hours of sleep per night in terrible pain. During the first three and a half weeks of this journey, two to four hours were the norm from the pain above my knee, but, I can't take much more.
The ONLY thing that has given me any relief at all from the burning shin is an essential oil, Clove Oil. It certainly helps, but, not as well as I'd like.
I ramble a lot... I meant to make this short, but, here we are.
Do you folks use any over the counter or natural topical pain remedy? I would be more than happy to try just about anything.
I'm just so sick of hurting and REALLY need to get back to work! Short term disability doesn't pay even half of what I'm used to.

 
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Old 06-04-2014, 08:39 AM   #2
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Re: L5 hern disc - post treatment issues

Welcome to the board. Unfortunately it looks like you are taking the type of meds that would typically be given. You might want to discuss this with your doctor to see if he could try different meds of the same classification. A different muscle relaxer, for example, might work better for you....

One thing I found extremely helpful is a far infrared heating pad. The initial investment is a bit steep, but at least as far as I am concerned, it is worth it's weight in gold!! It penetrates more deeply than the usual heating pad.

For future reference, a sports medicine physician is not the best diagnostician for a spine issue. If you have further problems, consult with either a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon.

Hope you heal quickly.

 
Old 06-05-2014, 06:52 PM   #3
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Re: L5 hern disc - post treatment issues

I didn't know it was a back issue at first.
The initial injury happened in the evening on 4-15 at the gym. Right after midnight I woke up in excruciating pain in my leg. I didn't have any back pain at all. Everything was at the top of my thigh/top of my quads and on down to my knee.
I reported to work at 4am, engaged the clutch in my truck (I drive a tractor trailer) and about passed out from pushing the pedal down with the hurt leg. I called my boss and showed up at the emergency room at about 5 am.
The emergency room attending physician checked ran a CT scan on my thigh and my kidneys. He said I definitely have kidney stones, but those weren't the problem... Sent me home with some low dose tylenol with hydrocodone and told me to check in with my regular care doctor. I left the emergency room around 6:15.
I called my doctor and he referred me to the sports medicine doctor. Nobody had ANY inclination that it was my spine. They all thought it was my leg. I really don't blame the ER doc, my doc, or the sports medicine doctor for not knowing that it was my back... My leg would "pulse" with massive pain to the point where I could barely breathe. I sounded like a woman in labor doing her breathing exercises!
The sports doctor ran an x-ray and an MRI on my thigh and did find some pretty major issues. "This is one of the angriest thigh muscles I have ever seen." It was covered in knots, two were massive, and the one was actually about eight knots all in one big bunch, all surrounded by fluid. They actually worried quite a bit between the xray and the MRI because the xray showed a "massive white mass." They told me the possibility that it could be a tumor, but, the MRI just showed a lot of fluid.
The biggest knot acted almost like a "black hole" and sucked everything toward it. I wound up with some pretty severe knee pain, a pulled groin, quite a bit of pain in my IT band, and some other issues.
So, the sports doc found some pretty serious issues... He just wasn't sure what the underlying cause was. I am a pro wrestler and regularly put my body through the ringer, so he (and admittedly, I myself) thought it was just due to that on top of my real job.
I'm still rehabbing the leg in physical therapy. Still have a couple of the knots, but, they have reduced in size by quite a bit since the initial injury, so, we're headed the right direction.

 
Old 06-05-2014, 06:54 PM   #4
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Re: L5 hern disc - post treatment issues

I just wrote the longest response ever to a non-question... My sincerest apologies.
The sports doctor sent me to a spinal surgeon about two weeks after my first visit with him when my pain continued to get worse and he didn't know how to help. The surgeon has been working with me since and was the one to administer the three cortisone injections.
I will definitely look into those heating pads.

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Old 06-06-2014, 12:35 PM   #5
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Re: L5 hern disc - post treatment issues

That's OK...the more details the better!!

I will give you one other suggestion that will help anyone, even those without spine problems.

It is a position that allows the discs to unload and if there are muscle imbalances, or soft tissue and fascia that is working overtime, it helps this tissue to relax. I try to do this morning and night, and any time I have done something that I know stresses my back.

Lie flat on the floor on your back, knees bent, feet flat on the floor. Place arms close to sides with palms facing up. Tip chin just slightly toward chest...(the point is to get as much of the spine resting on the floor as comfortably possible). Now, just relax. Breathe deeply from the abdomen so you can see it rising and falling. Stay like this, relaxing and breathing, for several minutes. That's it!

 
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