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Hey everyone one I'm Adam this is my first post ever to a board. Anyways about 4 or 5 months ago I started having a pain in my left side hip, almost like it needed to pop that is the only way I know how to explain. I didn't think a whole lot about it except it just was uncomfortable. A few weeks went by and I got a lot of pain in my left butt cheek. I was sure I had some sort of sciatica issues so I started to stretch all those muscles and tendons. My pain got worse to where I could not put on my shoes or cloths all that well. I could not sit in my truck with out this intense pain for like 15 seconds then it would pull out and it was ok. I thought maybe a few weeks of ice rest and stretching would fix no worries. About a month into everyday pain I decided to see a chiropractor. They did an xray and it looked bad. My sacrum and l5 were out of place it is clear on xray it don't look right lol. So they started doing adjustments I went there for 6 weeks 2 times a week with little to no relief at all if anything it got worse. I decided to go to a different chiropractor, she did a little more intense things and put me on a rolling table where a barrel thing would roll under my back. She gave me a good bit of relief but I was still in a lot of pain. My next step is went to an orthopedic specialist and he ordered an MRI. The MRI showed that I had a herniated disc at l4. He ordered an oral steroid which helped a little but as soon as that was over it all came back. Then I got an epidural steroid injection Monday it is now Sunday. I've had very little relief maybe some the first day from the numbing medication and a little the day after but none after that. I am suppose to see a surgeon if the epidural. Does not help after 2 weeks. I have done my research and a lot of people in my shoes seen to get a lot of success from the microdicectomy and I really feel like that is my only road for relief. I have been in pain all day and night for 4 months. I can't sleep well and I have to keep on working everyday. I have no insurance so I'm paying all out of pocket which is the least of my worries. I want to get back to my life I have an amazing wife and a 5 yr old boy that is my world and I feel like they have lost my in so many ways. I will keep anyone who is interested up to date.
hey thank you for responding to my thread. Honestly the specialist is an orthopedic spine specialist. I'm not sure that he is a surgeon just because I have an appointment to talk to a surgeon in his office and it's not him. I'm not sure why only the one injection. I do not have insurance and the injection cost me 1600 for the one. I think maybe he is not trying to bleed me dry and still not be fixed. I have done alot of research and I believe I will be getting the microdiscetomy I believe is what it is called. I have an appointment this Thursday with the surgeon. I am on a low dose of methadone. I've been in a methadone treatment center for a year now. I had a problem with prescription pain killers and here I am needing them once again. The methadone is helping 90% with the pain but I have no other pain relievers nor have they proscribed me any. I wake up everynight at 2:30 in unbearable pain I have broke down some nights where the pain is just too much. I feel that if I was not on the methadone my pain would be so intence I would have to go to the emergency room. I just feel since I have no insurance that the Drs don't want to work with me or they are giving me different treatments so they won't be out so much. This has taken my life away from me I only work and lay on the couch that's my life and has been for 4 months. I have alot of confidence that the microdiscetomy is going to be my answer. I have also read where a herniated disc rarely causes pain and I read somewhere that if the pain lasts longer than 12 weeks it may not be a disc issue that it may have been misdiagnosed.

I know I can't trust all I read online but I have no answers. I have bounced from one Drs office to another all for same issue and I keep throwing money at it with 0 aNd I mean 0 results. The pain has just changed it's shooting pulsing stabbing pain that goes from the top of my butt left side and travles the static nerve down my cheek and down threw the outside of my leg down to my ankle and my foot goes numb also. I hope to get sum answers Thursday's and I will keep you updated.

My wife works in a small office. She makes decent money but no insurance because is is such a small office. Well my job offers insurance but with a 360$ Bill per pay period and a 12,500$ deductable so insurance really is pointless I can't pay insurance and pay for my house or food light water ...... you get the point. I really have no options. I have heard about sponsors in the hospital but I don't know anything about that. I am gonna explore all my options and I may be paying the hospital for the rest of time. I did read the price of the surgery is 15,000-50,000 so u know that is encouraging lol

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