What is known: i have two herniated disks, one between L4 & L5 (which also has a few little rips) and one between L5 and S1, which is pinching on my spinal cord and sciatic nerve, causing excruciating pain alternating with numbness and tingles down the left leg and foot. I've received one course of corticosteroids already to alleviate some of the swelling. It's been fun, let me tell you...
But what is going on now? After the injections, the RIGHT side of my lower back has been acting up, and the numbness and pain haven't left the left leg entirely (reduced the pain yes, gone, not hardly). My spine doctor and physical therapist mentioned on my last visit that everything for me is "backwards". If i had a "typical herniated disk" i should be responding to therapy well, but i'm not. When a typical herniated disk patient bends forward it should cause pain -- it causes me relief from my symptoms. i can barely bend backward at all, as if my spine is locked, which i should have no trouble with.
i find myself constantly leaning forward to relieve the pain. i also can't stand in one place for more than 10 minutes, so i'm always sitting, hunched forward. also when my achilles reflex was tested, my feet ***k up instead of down, my doctor tested and re-tested and every time they go the wrong way - "dyslexic reflexes" so to speak.
i feel like i fit the pattern/symptoms for spinal stenosis... one category i don't fit, i'm only 34, and spinal stenosis is a disease of 50+ year olds.
does anyone have any input? my doctor and PT are stumped with what to do with me now, since i react 100% opposite to my treatment. hmmf.