Oh My Aching Butt

I did a lot of shoveling on January 9th, 2009. The next day, my left knee felt funny. The 2nd day, even my clothes irritated that knee. By the 3rd day, I went numb from the waist down, although I wasn't in pain. At that point I decided it was time to go to the ER.

After having an MRI, I was diagnosed with a herniated disc at level L5. I was set up with an appointment with a neurologist for 3 weeks later. I thought they figured it wasn't an emergency, even though I thought it was or it is quite a common thing.

I was home for 4 days when the pain hit. It was excruciating. The rescue squad picked me up and I was given morphine. I still wasn't able to walk unassisted, so I was admitted to the hospital.

I was given neurotin, colace and my reg meds. I was released 4 days later and was told to go to P/T 3 times a week, although I was given no limitations at home. I thought that was strange.

It's now going on 3 months and my legs and feet still get very cold. My butt feels so strange, like I'm carrying something heavy attached it, and my hamstring is still very tight.

I have the moist heat therapy and ultrasound at P/T. I just started using the exercise machine at P/T and was given a print out of exercises to do at home.

I have slept on the couch the past 3 months and as of last night, returned to my bed upstairs. The stairs are hard to climb too. My knees sometimes wake me up in the night paining.

If I do any bending, there is hell to pay almost instantly. I am on 2oo mg of neurotin twice a day and 300 mg at bedtime. I could increase it, but I don't want to be tired all the time.

Are any of these symptoms common or normal? I am 55 and know older people take longer to heal. It just seems like it's a taking an awfully long time to heal.

Any insight would be appreciated.

- Katie

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