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Re-slipping disk?

Mar 19, 2016 4:20 AM

Age 12-14 I suffered a slipped disk which rested on my S1 nerve. I lost use of my left leg after experiencing months of excruciating pain down the nerve. I was taking 26 tablets each day just so I was able to move, was on crutches and couldn't sit or stand for longer than 20 minutes. Finally I had a partial discectomy.
6 months after the op I was not only able to walk again, but I could return to sport (I've been a competitive athlete from the age of 9). Today marks the four year anniversary of my operation.
Over the last few weeks I've been experiencing pain in the nerve down my leg again. Not as bad, but losing flexibility in my leg and increasing the amount of pain. It's terrifying knowing that I might have to watch my body slowly stop working all over again, stopping me from living and doing the sport I love.

Mar 20, 2016 4:33 PM

Injuredathlete, I'm sorry to hear of your initial injury, and the return of sciatic symptoms. You should get seen by an orthopedist and/or neurosurgeon. If the disc is pressing the nerve you could end up with permanent nerve injury. If they take care of the cause you could likely continue enjoying sports later, after recuperating. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs!!! 🙂💕🙏🌼

Mar 20, 2016 4:43 PM

FlappysLady81, thank you. It's nice to have the support, especially as a new member here. I told my doctor about the returning pain and he just told me to take paracetamol and ibuprofen when it hurts. I just don't want to get back into the cycle of filling myself up with drugs. I will look into getting it checked by a specialist. Thank you♡

Mar 21, 2016 1:13 PM

Definitely get seen asap! Yoyr doctor should have immediately given you at least an xray!
Also, if the pain is on one side and the spine shows nothing, have them check the hip joint. If you were compensating, you might have gotten an acetabular tear inside the joint. It can remain without symptoms for years, then gradually get horribly worse. But a 4 hour arthroscopic procedure can completely repair it. I finally figured mine out when my hip was snapping and cracking, collapsing under me, and it was hard to rise from a seated position.

Of couse, now I need a spinal fusion after decades with the acetabular tear!

Please get a work up. Pain means something, especially when you are young, active and healthy.

Mar 21, 2016 1:16 PM

Thanks PrincessChaos, I'll go back and get them to look into it!

Mar 21, 2016 2:53 PM

Injuredathlete, I'm sorry that you are having a return of your nerve pain down your leg. Being an athlete all your life, I can sure understand not wanting to have to give it all up. Flappsy gave you good, sound advice. A trip to the neurosurgeon and/or orthopedist is in order. The faster you take care of it, the faster you will heal. I wish you all the very best of much and hope you find a doctor that is able to help you to get on the road to recovery without pushing meds at you. Sending you reassuring {{{Hugs}}} and prayers that things go smoothly and you heal and get back to your sport. Keep us posted as to how it goes. We are here if you need us. 💕🙏🏻🌻😊

Mar 21, 2016 3:06 PM

Thank you so much Alwayzinpain. It's so great to have the support here. When it got bad before I got very depressed and I just don't want that to happen again, hopefully it won't with all these lovely people on here ♡

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