- Age 35-54
- 245 lbs
- Commack, NY
- Injury Status Recovering
- Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
- Chronicity 18+ Months
- Repeat injury? Yes
- Doctor/Care Giver Dr. Sushil Basra
- Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion)
3 disk herniations due to a physically demanding job for 32 years. My injury first occurred in 1993 lifting heavy equipment at my job, I was told by a neurologist at the time to find another profession! Went to PT and focused on strengthening the core of my body which held up the the task until 2012. I stayed home on workers compensation for 5 months to rest, and returned to work after that time.
Going back to work just completely finished me off, I was unable to do my job any longer. I met with the doctor and he explained I was making the right decision due to my limited physical abilities. At PT I was going 5 days per week for lumbar and cervical traction. At the time I was unable to walk for any long period of time, if I tried to push it I began to drag my left foot.
After 6 months time and 3 series of 4 lumbar epidural injections I had some relief. I began to do some light excercise at my home due to the denial of PT by workers compensation. Walking was going well along with the core strengthening for a good 5 months, but then the symptoms began to come back. During my 2 mile walks I began to get numbness in my left foot that slowly traveled up my leg to the point where I had to stop walking! It was so bad that I began to carry my cell phone with me, because I was afraid I wouldn't make it home.
I finally scheduled my surgery with the Doctor, but when we needed to update my MRI' s for my neck we found that my cervical injuries were much more severe and my back surgery was postponed due to the immediate need of cervical fusion with laminectomies. I had a tremendous amount of rest during my cervical rehab. My biggest issue post surgery was getting to be able to scratch my head which was almost impossible. But after lots of stretching and strengthening of my upper body, heat, ice I was able to begin walking short distances once again.
It wasn't until I had enough physical strenght which was 20 months after my cervical surgery, that I elected to have my lumbar surgery.
My lumbar fusion surgery was performed on November 12, 2015, and I have since been doing PT for the last 4 weeks. I've been doing lots of stretching and am starting to see progress in my physical strenght. But as I push to get stronger my back says otherwise, so slow and steady is my only option!