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I do have significant DDD for my age (32) and also a lumbar herniated disc. I was given my first ESI that same day, the pain increased for a few days, then I was better for a few weeks where the pain was tolerable.
About a month later, I had an even worse flare, had to go have another ESI the same day I called my doctor. Pain increased worse that go around, had to be put on a steroid, and after a week and half it was semi-bearable.
The pain will be incredible in my lower back, shoot up my back, around my ribs, down into my hips, into my thighs and calves, my neck stiffens and I get terrible tension headaches. All of this is ALWAYS worse on the left side of my body. I'm on day seven of this now, although all last week I was hurting, not badly, but I felt it coming. I've barely slept all week and when I do it is unrestful because the pain and or spasms wake me up. I'm also having a new pain that feels like spasms in my rectum and that's getting more intense.
I went to the ER yesterday and happy to say my anal sphincter is working well and the reflexes in my legs are still okay, even the left one that I feel like is going to give out anytime. However, they did go ahead and do an MRI just to make sure nothing else has changed since my MRI at my spine doctor like 3 months ago. Surprisingly I now have a herniation at L5-S1 and it is pinching a nerve in addition to L4-L5 herniation and severe DDD that my neurologist already knew about and was treating me for. I feel somewhat relieved in the fact that they didn't diagnose me with Cauda Equina, but did tell me I'd have to pay close attention to any changes.
I have only urinated twice today even though I have been drinking alot and I usually got 6-8 times a day, I usually cannot tolerate even the smallest about of urine on my bladder. Just recently when I got out of bed the back of my left thighs and my left knee felt numb.
I'm worried they didn't take me seriously because my anal sphincter was still working and I still had reflexes on my knees on my left leg, which I can barely lift, those were the only two physical examinations they gave me yesterday. In addition to that I do not currently have insurance so I'm worried they are putting me off, I don't want it to get it a point where I have permanent nerve damage.
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