Originally Posted by jdsumner
it's not the bone, its the disc. The disc has apparently split (again, this time to the left of center, 07 was to the right), and some material has escaped and is in the canal.
I spent almost 2 yrs in pain in 05/06 as the docs would simply tell me I'd strained my back, give me a day or two off, and load me on painkillers, muscle relaxers and anti inflams. Finally my wife took me to her chiro, who, after hearing my story, literally went with me to an MRI facility. It was there the first injury was isolated, and then the surgery was performed as I was at max capacity for vic's, demerol, lortabs etc.
Right now, its same thing, right side. I just pressed the genprac into the MRI, as I knew what this felt like right away.
I'm gonna consult w the neurologist, neurosurgeon, and laser spine doc as well. Hell, if there was a witchdoctor local, I'd see him too
At the time of the first surgery, I was a copper cable phone repair tech. Hanging from hooks, or ladders, or sitting in a spice pit or manhole. Now, I'm a residential fiber comm installer (voice, video, data). I spend most of my day crawling in attics and under trailers. Right now, I'm out as I can't feel the bottom of my left foot or the four outside toes, and the leg is loosing strength by the day. The docs all want the piece of disc out asap, as it can move, thus causing further damage.
King, I really appreciate the input. I will definitely inquire about the oblation route, but as I understand it, that piece of disc has to come out, or risk further nerve damage
. I will keep you posted, and I truly appreciate the info.
Yeah, I apparenetly broke one, because when I first got my MRI done, my GP, they are usually not supposed to have shocked looks on their faces-but she did. "What have you done to yourself?" She said, "Did you know you have a remodled disk?" I asked which one, and I remember how that happened.
Let me preface this by saying I am not a sexist person by nature; however, there are a great deal of women who have no place in the LEO world. There are few exceptions that I have been proud to work with. But, by-in-large my experience has been negative.
A group of illegals busted through the brush on one side of a road, (back woods highway, little to no traffick), and I was in hot pursuit on foot.
On the other side of the road were two other female BPAs who were standing around gossiping to one another about something pointless. These three guys ran right past them. They could have stuck out a foot and tripped one, or pushed another to stop their flight. Arms crossed they just looked on disinterestedly as we tore by with me, declaring, "What the F!?" I wa pissed off pretty bad by then, and I had my eye on the prize. The group scambled off intot he brush on the other side. I was in a pretty straighline pissed off mode by then, and kept on trucking. It was then that I realized what Whily Coyote feels all the time.
What goes up, or is up, must go down. A few paces, and I was in air and not by the ground. I feel right beside a rail road trestle, and flet a hellasish pain in my low back. Banged up, radio knocked out of its holster by the impact. I roared in both pain and anger, got up and kept on after them.
I got back, the two girls were still completely uninterested. I had to remind myslef they were still ladies, or some ass kicking might have commenced. As I recalled those two juniors got an ass chewing from me upside and down the other, though.
One of many inuries over the years.
I guess I can say, long story short, the low back hurt for a long time, but at least the bone knitted back together on it's own.
I get the trapped nerve. My latest injury has one trapped fromt he thorasic through the neck. No oblation unless I was to lose the completel use of my left hand. Another career killer.